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. You can find information about events taking place during Christmas 2021 on our Christmas 2021 Events page.
Christmas in London
Christmas Theatre in London
Get ready for Christmas Theatre performances taking place in London this year. A traditional part of the festive season in the city, get into the Christmas spirit with some magical performances!
The Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum in a performance by the English National Ballet. A favourite for the Christmas season that is perfect for audiences both young and old. This year, see your beloved balletas it returns to the stage in a highly anticipated performance.
Potted Panto returns to London’s Garrick Theatre for Christmas 2020. See 7 classic pantomimes in 70 hilarious minutes! Take a ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the Ball.
Get into the festive spirit with some amazing events taking place in London this Christmas!
Hogwarts in the Snow
Head to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this Christmas and discover Hogwarts in the Snow! The annual festive display returns this Christmas 2021, bringing much-needed comfort and joy to Harry Potter fans. Tickets are included in a regular entrance ticket, and are likely to sell out fast!
The Royal Albert Hall Christmas concert series returns. Highlights include: Christmas with the Royal Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah (15 Dec); Carols at the Royal Albert Hall
St Martin-in-the-Fields are offering Christmas Concerts to enjoy all through December. Their programme will include Christmas Carols, Classical Christmas music and family-friendly Christmas concerts
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
London Christmas Tours 2021
Update 2021: Hooray! Get ready for the best tours in and around London this Christmas 2021. These are also very 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.
Update 2021: Hooray! Christmas lights will be turning on in streets across the capital this year. The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will be lit up at the beginning of December 2021 and the ceremony will be available to watch via Youtube and Facebook.
Kew Gardens magical Christmas lights trail returns for 2021, turning the gardens into an incredible sea of light.
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, Kew Gardens and Winterfest.
Many of London’s most famous venues open ice skating rinks for Christmas. A magical way to get into the festive spirit with ice skating available at the Natural History Museum; Somerset House (until 12 Jan); Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and more
What’s Closed in London – Christmas 2021
Special closures that you should know about this Christmas 2020
Constantly changing COVID restrictions means you should regularly check the government website for the latest news on what is and isn’t open. You should also check individual attraction and event websites before travelling for the most up to date information.
All attractions in London are closed on Christmas Day
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.