Winter and Christmas in London

Christmas in London – 2016 Attractions

Find London Christmas attractions and things to do in autumn and winter

Article by Link School, an English language centre in London for adults

Winter and Christmas in London - things to do, snowflake and Christmas trees in the background

London in winter

1. Winter Wonderland

This year Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For six weeks, London’s Hyde Park will be transformed into Winter Wonderland. The attractions will include winter markets, circus shows and ice skating. There will be also stalls with winter treats, mulled wine and variety of food.
One of the best London attractions in winter!

18th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
The gates open at 5 p.m. on the opening night of 18th November. After that the opening times are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (except Christmas Day).

Free entry to the park, but the main attractions are paid.

See also: Link School Christmas Gathering

2. Christmas in Leicester Square

Celebrate the festive season in one of London’s most famous squares.
This year in Leicester Square you can enjoy a grotto – traditional Christmas market and a vintage velvet-draped Spiegeltent – a venue pitched in the middle of the square. You you can watch there Christmas shows such as the famous La Soirée circus and many other cabaret acts.

11 November 2016 – 8 January 2017

Free entry, but tickets are needed for selected events, including Santa’s Grotto and La Soirée performances.

3. Christmas Lights in London

For a good part of the autumn and winter London will be brightened up by magical Christmas lights and decorations. Many of London’s main streets will be decorated with Christmas lights. Just go for a walk in the evening in Oxford Street and Regent Street, wander about in the narrow streets of Carnaby, Seven Dials and Covent Garden.

4. Ice Skating

Amongst the best ice-rink venues we recommend are: Hampton Court, Canary Wharf, Hyde Park (Winter Wonderland), Kew Gardens, Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Tower of London, Westfield London – indoor skating in Westfield West (Hammersmith) and outdoors in Westfield East (Stratford City).
The ice rinks located in London’s most famous places, with beautiful lights and Christmas decorations those are worth visiting just for the views and atmosphere itself.
Most of the rinks are open from November 2016 to mid-January 2017.

Entry fee: around £12 – adults; £8 – children (fees may vary between venues)

5. Christmas Carol Concerts

If you are spending Christmas in London, one of the unmissable attractions are Christmas carol concerts. The best venues include:

  • Westminster Abbey
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Plenty of local churches and music halls
  • Please check the times and ticket requirements with the organisers.

    6. Winter Festival at Southbank Center

    At London’s Southbank you will find one of the biggest Christmas markets in town. Enjoy festive concerts, choirs, social dances, lots of good music and plenty of good food and drinks.
    11th November 2016 – 25th January 2017

    More London attractions and things to do:

    – Free Museums in London
    – Free Art Galleries in London
    – English courses in London from January 2017

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