Things to do in London in December

As the city wraps itself in a festive cloak of twinkling lights and yuletide cheer, December in London is nothing short of magical.

From West End shows and winter wonderlands to ice skating under the shadow of iconic landmarks, embark on a jolly journey through the magic that is London in December.


Christmas at Kew

15th November – 7th January

Winter trail at Kew GardensBotanical paradise turned Christmas dreamland, throughout the winter season Kew Gardens is transformed into a fabulous 3km festive light trail! Perfect for families or groups of friends, Christmas at Kew is a superb way to start off the festive season. Staying late into the evening? Grab some festive sweet treats or hot grub from a selection of independent street food stalls along the trail. Or take a seat at the Botanical Brasserie overlooking the glittering views of the Kew Gardens’ winter trail.

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St Pancras Tree

St Pancras Christmas Tree 2023Each year the St Pancras International Christmas Tree is a showstopper that captures the hearts of people far and wide. This year, in collaboration with Hatchards, the whimsical tree is not just a festive centrepiece but a journey through classic literature, featuring 3,800 hand-painted books, including A Christmas Carol and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Eight cosy nooks invite you to immerse yourself in Christmas magic. Equipped with speakers for audiobook excerpts, it’s a charming stop for families or a relaxing break in St. Pancras. Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director, sees it as an ode to literature, encouraging a return to the joy of reading amid screens. So rediscover the magic of literature at St. Pancras International’s Christmas Tree – an immersive reading adventure that transports you to captivating new worlds!

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Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

17th November – 1st January

Cup of hot chocolate at Hyde Park Winter WonderlandWhat’s a Christmas city break to London without a trip to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland? With the famous Giant Wheel, the next-level festive Street Food Village and Christmas market stalls, the Real Ice Slide and an endless supply of marvellous theme park rides, Winter Wonderland has it all to get you in the Christmas spirit. Winter Wonderland is open late every night from late November to early January. Secure your pre-booked time slot to explore this festive paradise with some of the best Christmas lights in London.

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London Santa Run

6th & 7th December

Santa RunLondon’s largest Santa Run takes place in Victoria Park, with thousands of people dressing up as Saint Nicholas before setting out on either a 5k or 10k! Once you have finished the run, recover your tired muscles to the sound of Christmas carols whilst enjoying a delicious mince pie. Each runner is provided with a free Santa costume, although elves, reindeer, snowmen and anything merry are welcome if you’d like to wear your own costume. Plus, kids can take part in the Mini Santa Run.

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Glide at Battersea Power Station

10th November – 7th January

Glide at Battersea Power StationExperience the winter wonderland of London like never before at Glide Battersea Power Station! This event is pure magic set against the backdrop of one of London’s most iconic buildings. As skate around three enchanting rinks, you’ll be surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights and a show-stopping 30ft Christmas tree to add that extra touch of festive cheer. But the fun doesn’t end on the ice – head over to The Glass House for a toasty hot chocolate or something a little stronger to keep the good vibes flowing. You can sit back, relax and watch skaters glide, or soak in the stunning Battersea Power Station views – yes, the bar is all glass! And when you’re ready to refuel, the power station is brimming with over 120 shops, bars, cafes, entertainment venues and restaurants. Don’t miss out on this magical winter adventure – Glide at Battersea Power Station is where the festive season truly comes to life!

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West End Theatre

Crazy For You

Gillian Lynne Theatre

Crazy For You West End show

Explore Gershwin’s timeless melodies, a whimsical ensemble, and a plot that’ll leave you smiling ear to ear. The Crazy For You musical production has arrived at London’s West End and it’s practically impossible to leave without feeling, well crazy about it! Join the endearing lead, Bobby Child, as he balances theatrical dreams and family duties in a cheeky, captivating musical masterpiece.

Moulin Rouge!

Picadilly Theatre

Moulin Rouge West End showLadies and gents, we present to you the boldest and sassiest show in London’s West End, Moulin Rouge! This whirlwind of feathers, frills, and jaw-dropping performances is filled with iconic songs, eye-popping costumes, and a storyline that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Enter the glamorous Moulin Rouge world with a backstage pass to the legendary Parisian cabaret, leaving you humming ‘Lady Marmalade’ all the way home.


Vaudeville Theatre

SIX Musical West End A London musical sensation, SIX is a modern retelling of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. Described as a ‘beacon of hope for the future of British musicals’, be prepared to lose your head with excitement at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand this winter. This multi-award-winning show reimagines Tudor England, narrating Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, and Parr’s historic tales of love and loss.

Back to the Future

Adelphi Theatre

Back to the Future The MusicalOne of the biggest cinematic musical adaptions has arrived in London’s West End. Back to the Future: The Musical ignites nostalgia, bringing back the energy and excitement, making you want to turn back time! Coming in hot at 88mph this winter season, this musical’s magical performances are ripped straight from the 1985 classic. Marty McFly and Dr Brown are beautifully portrayed by a devoted cast alongside stellar visual set pieces and orchestral symphonies that will have you shouting “Great Scott!”.

Cabaret The Musical

The Kit Kat Club

women-in-vintage-cabaret-clothingYou won’t want to miss out on this theatrical revival masterpiece this winter season. Based on the John Van Druten play, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club – winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival – has returned to London’s West End with a star-studded line-up.

Cabaret The Musical has established itself as a sensational, electrifying West End experience with a stellar cast and unforgettable performances.

Elf the Musical

Dominion Theatre

Elf the Musical West End showThe ultimate Christmas cracker of a musical is back for winter 2023/24! Filled to the brim with festive joy and cheer, Elf The Musical is back by popular demand for a LIMITED time only at the Dominion Theatre, London.

Retelling the enchanting story of Buddy the Elf, the North Pole’s biggest misfit decides to head to New York in search of his real family – while causing some merry mayhem along the way. Discover all the sparkle and joy of Christmas this winter season at Elf The Musical.

Jersey Boys

Trafalgar Theatre 

Jersey Boys West End showIn this Broadway and West End musical, discover how four men from Jersey became an international sensation overnight, while off stage a very different story took place. In the Jersey Boys show, experience legendary harmonies and vibrant performances!

Go behind the music and experience the inspiring rags-to-riches tale based on 1960s rock icons, The Four Seasons. Watch as the quartet rises to international stardom, celebrating the exhilarating highs while enduring the lows that come with fame.

Backstairs Billy

Duke of York’s Theatre

Backstreet Billy West End playA brand new comedy West End play is hitting the heart of London by storm this winter. Inspired by the fascinating life of one of the Royals’ most senior aides, Backstairs Billy examines the 50-year relationship between the Queen Mother and her loyal servant William “Billy” Tallon.

“Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans shine as the Queen Mother and Billy in a heartwarming tale amid 1979’s civil unrest.

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Art & History

The Butterfly Trail at Outernet

Get ready to embark on an enchanting adventure at Outernet London’s Butterfly Trail! This is not your ordinary experience, it’s a technical masterpiece that invites you to hold a digital butterfly in the palm of your hand. Step into the shoes of intrepid explorer Professor Peter Pelgrin as you journey through his Botanical Workshop and explore the magical Glass House, all while wielding the power of your smartphone. With a few taps on your screen, you can release magical AR butterflies and set off real-time animations that will leave you in awe. The best part? It’s absolutely free, no tickets needed! So, head to The Now Building and immerse yourself in this captivating Butterfly Trail. Just be sure to check the Outernet App for viewing times – this is an experience you won’t want to miss!

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Gingerbread City at the Museum of Architecture

2nd December – 7th January

Gingerbread City Gingerbread houses date all the way back to 16th century Germany and soon became synonymous with Christmas. The largest one ever made measures 21 feet high and covers an area the size of a tennis court. Continuing the tradition of spectacular feats of construction from sweetly spiced bread, The Museum of Architecture will be hosting its ever-popular exhibition The Gingerbread City, although these will be a little smaller than a tennis court. Designers, engineers, and architects show off their creativity and ingenuity to produce a city of gingerbread structures beyond belief. Marvel as you walk amongst beautiful biscuity buildings, and take inspiration for your own festive efforts.

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DIVA Exhibition at V&A

June 2023 – April 2024

Diva Exhibition LondonPrepare to be captivated by the incredible world of DIVAs at the V&A London. This exhibition is a true ode to the extraordinary power and creativity of iconic performers, delving deep into the iconic realm of divas across opera, stage, popular music and film. It’s a journey that’ll make you ponder how the very notion of ‘diva’ has evolved, been challenged, and wholeheartedly embraced over the ages. Whether you’re a devoted fan of incredible ladies or just curious, you’ll be inspired by the stories, the music and the sheer brilliance of these legendary figures. So, step into the spotlight and explore the intricate tapestry of DIVA.

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New Years Eve

London fireworks display