Our guide to what’s on in London this Christmas. Discover one of the most exciting times to visit the city, which is transformed for the festive season. You’ll find dazzling Christmas decorations lighting up London’s major streets, Christmas festivals and markets popping up all over the capital, as well as fantastic festive concerts, shows and events.
See the dazzling Christmas Lights in London, with some incredible installations in some of the capitals most famous streets and locations. Highlights include Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Marylebone High Street, Regent Street, Chelsea Christmas Lights, Kew Gardens and Leadenhall Market.
Christmas in London: Theatre, Pantomime & Ballet
With lots of shows taking place in London this Christmas, here are some highlights:
The Snowman – a Christmas classic that returns for a magical 22nd year to London’s West End.
& Juliet – The most famous love story of all time with a twist. This production is remixed and told through some of the most famous pop anthems of the last three decades.
An Act of God – Christmas comedy show written by the former ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ writer David Javerbaum
Cinderella – the ultimate pantomime that is perfect for all the family this Christmas
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the musical. A timeless romantic comedy that features the most famous festive song of all time – White Christmas
The Nutcracker is performed by the English National Ballet. A favourite for the Christmas season.
Mary Poppins, a magical musical that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Throughout Christmas 2019 – popular theatre & musicals including The Lion King, Les Miserables, Mousetrap, Phantom of the Opera, Thriller Live and more….
London Christmas Tours 2019
The best tours in and around London this Christmas. There are also useful ways of getting around the city on Christmas Day.
A Christmas Lights bus tour of London – see London’s Christmas Lights on an evening tour travelling in a vintage 1950’s double-decker bus
Special Christmas Day tours with trips to Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Canterbury Cathedral, Bath and more. These are the best way to explore London or southern England since there is no public transportation on Christmas Day
A hop on hop off bus on Christmas day. Since there is no public transport in London on Christmas Day, this is one of the best ways to get around the city.
There are lots of New Year’s Eve Cruises where you can watch the fireworks over the River Thames. Most of the cruises also include dinner
Football matches in London this December: Dec 3 – Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth; Dec 4 – Chelsea vs. Aston Villa; Dec 5 – Arsenal vs Brighton; Dec 7 – Spurs vs. Burnley; Dec 9 – West Ham vs. Arsenal; Dec 10 – Chelsea vs. Lille; Dec 14 – Chelsea vs. Bournemouth; Dec 15 – Arsenal vs. Man City; Dec 16 – Crystal Palace vs. Brighton; Dec 22 – Spurs vs. Chelsea; Dec 26 – Chelsea vs. Southampton, Spurs vs. Brighton, Crystal Palace vs. West Ham; Dec 28 – West Ham vs. Leicester; Dec 29 – Arsenal vs. Chelsea;
Concerts & Festivals in London, Christmas 2019
Our pick of the top concerts & festivals happening in London this Christmas 2019
Pop Concerts (in the first 3 weeks of December): Incognito (Dec 4); Aldous Harding (Dec 5); Dido (Dec 8); Michael Buble (Dec 9-10); Against the Current (dec 12-13); Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes (Dec 19); Rod Stewart (Dec 17, 19);
New Year’s Eve Clubs (Dec 31): 02 Academy Brixton, Camden Assembly, E1 London, Colours Hoxton, Electric Brixton, Ministry of Sound, Jazz Cafe, The Garage
Christmas Concerts (throughout December): There are lots of Christmas themed concerts in London, from carol singing to performances of Handel’s Messiah and special family events
What’s Closed in London – Christmas 2019
Special closures that you should know about this Christmas 2019
All attractions in London are closed on Christmas Day (with the exception of Body Worlds)
Most restaurants and bars are closed. There are a few food & drink places are open on Christmas Day, but it is best to check and book in advance since they will get booked up. Hotels are always a good option for finding food and drink.