Christmas in London transforms the city into a festive wonderland of twinkling lights, decorations,
and something to celebrate as November unfolds. The capital comes alive with a plethora of
enchanting activities to immerse yourself in the festive spirit. Here's a guide to the best ways to
experience the magic of Christmas in London this year.
1. Christmas at Kew
Embark on the mother of all light trails as Christmas at Kew Gardens illuminates the stunning 300-
acre botanic garden with glistening lights and enchanting illuminations. Wander past glass houses
adorned with kaleidoscopic projections, traverse shimmering tunnels of light, and witness trees
draped in jewel-bright colours. The best of winter treats are there to be indulged, and young families
won’t want to miss the chance to greet Father Christmas in the festive grotto. Secure your spot
early, as Christmas at Kew is popular and tends to sell out quickly.
2. Covent Garden Christmas
Covent Garden's Piazza emerges as one of London's most Christmassy spots set to be bigger and
brighter than ever this year, dazzling visitors with a switch-on event featuring 30,000 LEDs adorning
an 18-meter Christmas tree. The Market Building is bedecked with giant bells, creating a festive
spectacle. Join the Winter Warmer Festival for mulled wine and Christmas pop-ups, immersing
yourself in the festive atmosphere and market stalls to peruse.
3. Christmas at Kenwood
Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath hosts a new Christmas light trail featuring 13 brand new
installations. The historic building will be bathed in dazzling lights, providing the perfect backdrop for
festive photos. Explore the trail and indulge in hot cocktails and delicious food, making it a magical
night out for Londoners seeking a unique Christmas experience that’s new in town.
4. Christmas, Actually
Curated by Richard Curtis, "Christmas, Actually" brings a night of festive fun to Southbank, capturing
the spirit of Christmas through the ultimate festive variety show. This charity event reminiscent of a
mini–Christmas Comic Relief, features poems, carols, celebrities, and heartfelt moments. Directed by
Daniel Raggett, this witty and enchanting evening supports a good cause and is sure to leave you
with lasting holiday memories.
5. Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park's iconic Winter Wonderland returns for its sixteenth year, promising Christmas family fun
with the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink, thrilling rides, circuses, a giant observation wheel, and the
enchanting Magical Ice Kingdom. Kids love to explore Santa Land, including Santa's grotto, and wander through quaint Christmas markets. For those a bit older, ice sculpting workshops and a German Village with frothing steins and live music beckon, all in all creating a memorable Christmas experience for everyone who attends.
In 2023, London ups the ante once again to bring the most enchanting and festive Christmas events and experiences to town. Whether you find yourself immersed in Santa’s grotto, dazzled by light shows in Hampstead Heath, or surrounded by Christmassy stalls and festive foods in Covent Garden, the capital promises a winter wonderland filled with warmth, excitement, and the spirit of Christmas.
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