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21 Nov

Winter Wonderland in London

Posted by Horace in Travel Stories

We might be a bit biased when we say, London during the holidays is the most magical place. Twinkly lights everywhere you turn, pop up markets with mulled wine and mince pies, wandering into a pub to warm up by the fire with a crisp pint in hand, the lights of Harrods and Oxford street are a constant glow in the early evenings. and lest we forget the holiday hustle in buying Christmas gifts big and small.

There is an abundance of things to do in London during the lead up to the holiday season. And most won’t break the bank. We’ve put together a list of festivals and events happening all around the city this holiday season. Wintertime in London makes for the perfect Winter Wonderland. Check out our list below and let us know what your favourite Winter Wonderland activities are.

Stay warm friends!


Southbank Centre Wintertime Market – Southbank
Stroll along the Southbank and venture into their Wintertime Market. A great line-up of food, drinks, hand crafted gifts and even some free performances and workshops to put you into the holiday mood.

Cost – Free
9 November 2018 – 6 January 2019

Winterville – Clapham Common
Winterville is probably our personal favourite. Where else can you find an ice rink, roller disco, fairground rides, craft market, beer garden and backyard cinema? It’s a must see while you are in London.

Cost – Free to Enter
Tuesday – Sunday until end of December 2018

Christmas in Leicester Square – Leicester Square
Leicester Square is normally a magically place all year round! But add in beautiful Christmas trees, stunning lights, amazing food vendors and entertainment and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Christmas festival.

Cost – Free to Enter
9 November 2018 to 6 January 2019

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The entirety of Hyde Park illuminates with its Winter Wonderland. Wander around the grounds to find over 100 carnival rides, get a breath-taking view of London on its Ferris wheel, have a drink or two at the ice bar and end your night at the comedy club for a few laughs.

Cost – Free to Enter, events costs extra
23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019

Things to See & Do

Oxford Street Christmas Lights – Oxford Street
Wander down Oxford Street to see the thousands of lights put up for the holiday seasons. Jump on a bus or walk!
Cost – Free

Carnaby Christmas Lights – Carnaby Street
This year Carnaby Street is illuminated with Christmas lights in the form of lyrics from Queens Bohemian Rhapsody. Take in this once in a lifetime moment.
Cost – Free

The Shard Christmas Lights
Starting on the 3rd of December, every evening from 4pm – 1 am, The Shard will light up the 20 top floors to shine out over London. No need to book, just eyes in the sky!
Cost – Free

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Lighting
On Thursday 6th December, Trafalgar Square officially turns on its Christmas tree. Gather around, with a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate in hand and watch as the tree radiates throughout the square.
Cost – Free