Best Activities to do in London during Christmas

Posted December 10, 2019

by Museum crew – Astor Museum

Christmas light walkthrough in Central London

There are so many beautiful Christmas light displays across Central London! Here are a few of our favourites for a dazzling Christmas light night walk. 

Seven dials lights up every year from mid-November until early January. Each year the light display gets better and is a gorgeous place to feel the Christmas spirit. With plenty of shops and restaurants there as well, it is the perfect place for a lovely early evening.  

You can then take a short walk up to Carnaby Street. This year’s Christmas lights are of course exceptional as always. This year, they are working with Project 0, an ocean conservation charity. The ‘under the sea’ theme was all created using recyclable and reusable materials! With a whale the blows bubbles, to jellyfish, there is so many amazing things to see here!  

Then off to Regents street, where you will see all the infamous Angels. Each year Regent street hangs beautiful Christmas lights since 1954. The entire street is lit up with big, beautiful Angels and is spectacular! 



Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park 


Every year Hyde Park transforms into Winter Wonderland, London’s biggest Christmas Market. With many activities such as skating on the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK,  but also Christmas tunes and twinkling lights! 

There are more than 200 classic German-style Christmas huts, the perfect place to get Christmas presents. At the fairground, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on the carousel or ride one of the roller coasters. Afterward, enjoy a warm cup of hot cider or mulled wine. If you’re hungry, don’t worry, there is plenty of yummy food. 


Southbank Centre Winter Market

Covered in sparkling lights, seasonal treats and warming beverages, at this annual Christmas Market you can eat, drink and have a great time along the River Thames.  

Grab a handmade Christmas present from one of the traders, they come from all over the world! But don’t forget to treat yourself with some delicious street food from one of the food huts. Each trader brings something unique, offering Asian, Indian and Greek cuisines. Also traditional winter favourites like raclette and bratwurst, and sweet treats! 

Next to the market, you can find festive drinks and more amazing food at the seasonal pop-ups. They have activities such as board games, ping pong tables and more. 




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