Christmas in London
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. London has many pop up ice rinks, Christmas markets, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and streets with festive lights. I love London during this period. It is really easy to get into the Christmas spirit by visiting some of these places. Don’t miss your chance at snapping some cool pictures at some of the most instagrammable place in London during the festive season!
Christmas Markets in London
It is the biggest Christmas Market in London. It is not really a traditional one, you can almost compare it to a theme park as it has so many different rides: roller coasters, haunted houses, Ferris wheel, Marry go round, trampolines and so much more. If you want to have a go on these you will need to purchase tokens at the site. There are some attractions which you need to book ahead of time online. In the IceBar you can try different festive cocktails in a unique environment. You can also watch an amazing performance at the Zippos Christmas Circus or the Cirque Berserk. This year the Magical Ice Kingdom presents Deep Sea Adventure, where you can walk through amazing ice sculptures! Of course, you can also find many stalls selling handmade products, which are perfect as gifts for your loved ones.
For me, a visit wouldn’t be complete without having some tasty German sausage and mulled wine! As a Hungarian, I also must suggest that you find the Hungarian stall and try either the tasty chimney cake covered in cinnamon, coconut or cacao powder. Lángos is a Hungarian Fried Bread you can eat with onions, sour creme or cheese.
When: 17th November 2017 – 1st January 2018. Except on Christmas day.
Price: Free to enter Winter Wonderland, but you will need to pay for the rides, ice skating and other attractions. See website for prices.
Leicester Square Christmas market
A small market with many stalls selling food and handmade gifts. Children can meet Santa at Santa’s Grotto.
When: 10 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Price: Free to enter the market. Tickets for Santa’s Grotto from £10.50.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
A cute Christmas market that a rooftop Finnish sauna on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens makes really unique.
When: 2017. nov. 28. – 2018. jan. 4
Price: Free to enter the market, but you will need to book ahead for the sauna. Adult from £20.00
Winterville is quite a big Christmas Market located in Clapham Common with lots of rides, food stalls and it is also home to an ice rink, roller disco, Plonk Golf and the Backyard cinema. I really enjoyed this place, it has a cool atmosphere!
When: November 23 to January 1, 2018.
Price: Entrance to Winterville is free, except after 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays when it’s £3, which you will pay on the spot. Also, an additional charge is the ice rink, roller disco, Plonk Golf and cinema.
Christmas Lights in London
During Christmas London’s main streets are decorated with beautiful Christmas lights. It is a pleasure to walk under them. You can also get on a Double Decker and sit at the top at the front row. Best view you can get! 🙂
When: 2017. nov. 7. – 2018. jan. 6
New Bond Street and Old Bond Street Lights
When: 2017. nov. 9. – 2018. jan. 2
When: 2017. nov. 16. – 2018. jan. 6.
When: 2017. nov. 9. – 2018. jan. 6
Ice skating in London
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
2017. nov. 28. – 2018. jan. 7
Standard Adult £14
2017. nov. 15. – 2018. jan. 14
Ticket prices vary depending on the time of visit. Adult £14.65 – £17.35
Natural History Museum
When: 2017. okt. 26. – 2018. jan. 7
Adult £12.65- £17.05
2017. nov. 23. – 2018. jan. 1
Adult – £13.50
The ice skating rink is located around a lovely Victorian bandstand and it is the largest open-air ice rink in the UK.
£9.50 – £15.50
When: 17th November 2017 – 1st January 2018. Except on Christmas day.
Skylight Ice Rink
London’s first rooftop ice skating rink.
2017. nov. 30. – 2018. jan. 14
Price: Adult £10.00
London’s pop up Christmassy places
Christmas at Kew
I really enjoyed visiting Christmas at Kew. We embarked on a journey on a 1-mile long trail of lights. We witnessed amazing Christmas decorations, light shows, panto. There are many food stalls where you can treat yourself to some festive deliciousness and there are many rides as well for the kids.
When: 22 November 2017 to 1 January 2018.
Price: £16.00 for adults £10.00 for child 4-16, free under 4 You can also purchase a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £48
Hogwarts in the snow
You can witness how the Harry Potter film-makers created ice and snow for the winter scenes. You can discover the Studio in a festive makeover. The Great Hal is decorated as it was is the Yule Ball. It is a special experience for any Harry Potter fans. I visited the Studio without the festive decorations but would love to see it again looking all Christmassy.
When: 18 November 2017 to 28 January 2018.
Price: Adult £39, Child (5-15) £31 , 2 adults & 2 children OR 1 adult & 3 children £126, under 4 free.
There are two locations for the Backyard Cinema with different themes. The WInter Night Garden is located in Winterville in Clapham Common. After walking through a tunnel you will arrive to an Enchanted Woodland for your special cinema experience. You can watch the movie on beanbags or sofas. They show classic Christmas movies like Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf and also cartoons like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins.
The other location is The Snow Kingdom at Mercato Metropolitano.Here your journey leads through an ice cave and frozen lake before arriving at an enchanted castle, where you will be seated to watch a movie. Tickets sell out fast every year so make sure you book ahead!
When: 23rd Nov – 30th Dec
Price: Adult beans bags start from £17, sofa seating £20. Child (under 12) £9,95 for sofa seating and £12 for beanbags. See website for full details.
Magical Lantern Festival
Chiswick House Gardens is illuminated during the Christmas period. You can walk through a trail of huge, bright sculptures and lanterns. For the kids, it is a great experience to meet Santa Claus, where they can tell him what they want for Christmas and how they behaved.
When: 24th Nov 2017 – 1st Jan 2018
Price: Adult £18, Child (4-15) £12, Family 2 adults & 2 children OR 1 adult & 3 children £60
Sanat’s Grotto £10 includes a present
Winterland in Fulham seems like a great place for a fun-filled night. You can enjoy a meal at a riverside igloo, play table tennis or mini golf. They even have some curling lanes, so you can have some friendly competition with your friends. You can BYOB on Thursday and Friday nights.
When: 9th November – 22nd December
Price: £5 to enter the site. Curling £40.00 (25 minutes for 8 people) Beer/Prosecco/Ping-pong £10.00 (25 minutes), Mini golf £5.00 per person
Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square
The tree is donated every year since 1947 by Oslo, Norway as a token of gratitude for British support during the Second World War.
When: 7 December 2017 to 1 January 2018
The Coca-Cola truck goes on tour every year during the festive season. You can snap your selfies with it. It arrives at
London for the Jingle Bell Ball.
When: 9 December – to 10 December
I hope you got plenty of ideas about what to do in London during the Christmas period. I would love to hear your suggestions. What do you like most about spending the festive period in London?
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