Do you hear what I hear…? If it’s sleigh bells and carols, gracefully moving you past the gloom of November and into the greatest time of the year, then London is the place you want to be! Having kickstarted the festivities here on London Living, with a healthy dose of ice-skating and Christmas lights, the city is in full festive attire and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be too. We’ve complied a list of unmissable events which will take place in December, ranging from the most classical celebrations to a little something extra – for the edgy Londoner in you.
Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm, daily, 22nd Nov 2018 – 6th Jan 2019
Any savvy Londoner is probably well accustomed to the bustle of the annual Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. From tourists to children to Grinches and everything in between, the festive pop-up attracts a massive crowd every passing year. But, true fans will be able to tell you that it’s magic never fails to surprise. This time around, the team behind the event will guide you through an Enchanted Forest, guiding you through an immersive walk will make you feel as though you are in a scene from Frozen. Crowd-pleaser attractions will return to kickstart the holidays! Everything from the EuroCoaster to the ice rink will be there to get you in the mood to deck the halls.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Opening Hours: 12pm-10pm Mon-Fri; 10am-10pm Sat-Sun, Nov 9th 2018 – Jan 6th 2019
The team behind Southbank’s infamous Udderbelly has set up shop in Leicester Square making Christmas bigger and brighter than ever before. Given its location, their new market has quickly become the hotspot for all things festive: Santa’s grotto, delicious food, mulled wine, all in the city’s epicenter. If you’re running short on present ideas, we recommend you head on down and let the many stalls inspire you. Our personal favourite gift? You can get your loved one’s faces on a Christmas elf or Santa. Now that’s a definite way to spread the joy!
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
Opening Hours: 8pm 31 Dec 2018 – 12:45 am 1 Jan 2019
What would a London New Year’s Eve be without the Mayor of London’s firework show? The city’s most classical way of ringing in the new year, the Thameside display returns yet again to help us welcome the beginning of 2019. The extravagance of the show luckily, caters for more than ticketholders, as the fireworks can be seen all over the Southbank. If you still want the best seat in the house, you might still have a chance! Think tickets have run out a long time ago? A little birdie has chirped that a second and final wave of tickets will be released at 12pm on 30 November. Save the date!
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Opening Hours: from 8 Dec, 10am-5.45pm; Fri 10am-10pm
A different kind of holiday feast, The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City returns to the V&A this winter to sweeten up the coldest months. The city’s biggest architecture firms have responded to a brief prompting them to Imagine the Future City, an intricate dough creation that promises to upstage even the most impressive of our gingerbread houses. The most ambitious can also step up to the challenge and participate in some of the special workshops that aim to take your sweet creations to the next level!
London Bridge City Pier
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Opening Hours: Sun- Wed 11am-7pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm, 29 Nov 2018 – 02 Jan 2019
Warm, twinkling wooden huts are once again popping up in another edition of Christmas by the River, sprinkling its magic all over the Queen’s Walk. The independent traders always deliver the quirkiest gift ideas for your loved ones, and we simply know that this year will be no different. Plus, if you’re looking to add a personal touch, there will be tastings and workshops, set to the light of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers.
Where will we be seeing you in December? Let us know in the comments below! For more festive things to do in the city, follow London Living on Instagram.