Where to have a simply wonderful Christmastime in London this year
When walking down the streets of London at Christmastime, I’m always swept up in the festivities on every street corner. From markets serving mulled wine and sweet treats to the seasonal shows around the city, there’s nowhere better to spend the season than in the heart of the West End. Wrapping up the perfect Christmassy getaway can be a struggle, but don’t get your tinsel in a twist! With our bespoke guide of must-visit places in London this season, plan seasonal celebrations worthy of being on Santa’s good list.
Where to spend Christmastime in London
Pantomimes are a traditional way to celebrate the season
Christmastime in London isn’t complete without a trip to see a pantomime! While it’s a style of British theatre that’s steeped in centuries of tradition, their upbeat, colourful nature encourages plenty of silliness and sparkle in the theatre. If you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas pantomime, I recommend Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium. With a star cast including pantomime veterans Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Nigel Havers, enjoy all the fun of the fair in a West End spectacular and step into a world of wonder!
If you’re wanting to escape the business of the West End, why not slip on a glass slipper and see Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith. As the Ugly Stepsisters try to stop Cinderella from going to the ball, join the unlikely princess as she searches high and low for her prince to sweep her away?
Stroll around the light displays
If you’re looking to add a touch of magic to your festive plan, there’s nowhere better than Kew Gardens. By day, this world heritage site is home to over 30,000 living plants across the ten climatic zones. But as the sun begins to set, get ready to spend a night under the stars and add festive cheer to a cold, dark evening. With a trail of lights bouncing around the trees and across the gardens, see Kew come alive at the perfect festive winter event for all ages.
Want to stay in Central London this Christmastime? Make sure you see the twinkling lights adorning the capital’s busiest streets with a Christmas Lights bus tour. Capture the magic of the city on board The Original Tour’s double-decker buses and listen to stories of Christmas past and present in London while gasping at the lights on Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.
Imagine you’re walking through the air
As a child, Christmas couldn’t begin until I’d watched Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman on TV. Now, Christmastime can start even earlier with the stage adaptation of The Snowman as the enchanting show comes to life. Combining dance, live music including the festive favourite ‘Walking In The Air’ and plenty of on-stage magic, watch spellbound as the Snowman soars through the sky, with audiences hearts melting as they fall in love with the wintery world.
Step into Arctic temperatures
While London may drop below freezing in the cold Winter months, enjoy a signature ice cocktail at London’s ice bar this Christmastime. Spend time in a bar permanently kept at -5°C all year round at one of London’s coolest venues to be seen at!
Test your balance on the rink
Skate like Bambi or showcase your ice dancing prowess in London this Christmastime at the Natural History Museum. One of London’s biggest ice rinks, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.