‘Tis that time again! As the festive season falls upon us once more, London transforms into a Winter Wonderland. We all know the city offers an array of captivating activities and sights that can make you feel extra festive, but choosing which to go can be a difficult choice. This blog post aims to guide you through the best of London's Christmas offerings, with a special focus on the vibrant Wembley Park. From the iconic Christmas trees standing tall in Trafalgar Square to the mesmerising light displays that adorn the city streets, every corner of London brings a little sparkle to the season.
Whether you're sipping mulled wine under twinkling lights or exploring unique events and activities sprinkled throughout the city, you'll find plenty of ways to indulge in the holiday spirit. We think Decorating the home is a great first step to getting into the holiday spirit, although when it’s time to venture into your community to spread Christmas cheer, we’re here to help uncover what to do in London at Christmas.
Things to Do in London this Christmas
Christmas Markets, Wembley Park
Kicking off the festive season, Wembley Park invites you to its Christmas Markets, opening every weekend from the 2nd of December. Managed by the same creative minds behind the iconic Portobello Market, this grand affair hosts 35 to 40 stalls brimming with unique finds. Imagine weaving through rows of twinkling stalls, each a treasure trove of handcrafted gifts, festive decorations and culinary delights. We might be biased, but we think this is one of the best Christmas Markets in London.
Glide, Battersea Power Station
Set against the iconic backdrop of Battersea Power Station, Glide is not one to miss. As you skate across the ice, you're surrounded by the majestic views of one of London's most famous landmarks. But the fun doesn't stop there – the area is abuzz with festive activities. Outside bars and mini igloos offer a cosy retreat with warming drinks and seasonal snacks, creating a perfect spot to relax after a skating session or to simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. When you’re ready to dive back into the holiday cheer, department stores are only a stone’s throw away from the festivities.
With tickets ranging from a single visit at £8.50 for kids and £12.50 for adults, this is one of the most affordable holiday outings for families. If you think you’ll be back throughout the holiday season, season passes range from £140 to £245.
The Luminaze , Wembley Park
Wembley Park’s latest addition to its Christmas festivities is The Luminaze. From 2nd December 2023 to 2nd January 2024, this interactive, light-based maze promises a mesmerising experience. As you navigate through the labyrinth, you’re immersed in a world of cutting-edge neon installations, each telling a story of winter wonder. The journey is accompanied by a specially curated soundscape, enhancing the magical experience. Perfect for visitors of all ages, The Luminaze offers a unique and enchanting way to celebrate the festive season.
Perhaps the best part about the Luminaze? It’s completely free to attend.
Covent Garden at Christmas
Next, let’s venture to the heart of London’s yuletide celebrations at Covent Garden. A classic Christmas destination for good reason, the iconic area dazzles with stunning lights and decorations, inviting you for a gorgeous evening of festive shopping. The hourly snowfall creates a magical atmosphere that captures the essence of a white Christmas. Amidst this spectacle, warm yourself with a cosy cup of your favourite holiday drink, adding an extra layer of hygge to your festivities. Perfect!
Coca Cola Truck, Wembley Park
On the 14th of December, the iconic Coca-Cola Truck is set to return to Wembley Park for one day only, bringing with it the magic and excitement of the festive season. Last year, the truck's visit not only spread holiday cheer but also supported local charities, showcasing the spirit of giving and community. Visitors can expect a similar blend of festive fun and philanthropy this year, making it a must-visit for those looking to celebrate the holidays and contribute to a good cause.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
A must-see attraction during the Christmas season in London is Winter Wonderland, located in Hyde Park. From morning until night, except on Christmas Day, this big event promises an abundance of festive delight. With its charming Christmas markets, ice skating rink, captivating shows, and exciting rides, Winter Wonderland brings to life the essence of the holiday season. iF you want to truly immerse yourself into Xmas, Winter Wonderland guarantees a fun and festive ( if not slightly busy) experience.
South Bank Christmas Markets, Southbank
Another destination along the Thames during wintertime is none other than South Bank Christmas Markets. Enjoy a delightful walk amidst radiant festivity as you browse rows of picturesque chalets adorning the riverside, each of which boast an array of artisanal crafts, festive delicacies and unique gifts. This idyllic setting offers everything from hand-knitted scarves to gourmet chocolates – making it not only perfect for indulging in some holiday shopping but also ideal for immersing oneself fully into the spirit of celebration.
Choirs and Live Music
Wembley Park becomes a hub of musical joy every weekend in December, with free live music and choirs adding to the festive atmosphere. These musical performances, ranging from traditional choirs to modern bands, provide a heartwarming soundtrack to your festive outings, enhancing the cheerful mood of the season.
Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
A visit to the Royal Albert Hall for their annual carol concerts is a time-honoured tradition. The grandeur of the venue, combined with the stunning acoustics, makes for an unforgettable Christmas experience. Audiences are treated to classic carols, beautifully performed by renowned choirs and musicians. This event is a true celebration of the festive spirit, perfect for getting everyone into the mood for Christmas.
London offers a cornucopia of festive experiences, from the charming markets along the South Bank to the musical delights at Wembley Park and the Royal Albert Hall. Each of these events captures the sparkling essence of Christmas in the city, making them must-visit destinations during the holiday season. Looking for the best things to do to celebrate the holidays close to home? Get in touch for guidance on becoming a resident and uncover the magical feeling of Christmas Time in Wembley Park.