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Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.
Activities at Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. Skate around the stunning ice rink which circles the Victorian bandstand, enter the Magical Ice Kingdom with its ‘ice forest’ of frozen sculptures and gleaming ice castle, and enjoy the acrobatic wonders of shows at Zippos Circus and Cirque Beserk.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, there are plenty of rides to try. Younger children can enjoy gentle activities such as carousels, helter skelters and funhouses. Older children and adults, meanwhile, will love the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoasters. Tokens for these rides can be purchased at dedicated token booths.
For something more sedate, take a seat on the observation wheel for a flight 60m above London, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline.
Dress up as Santa and run wild on the streets of London for the Santacon parade.
Santacon is a non-proﬁt, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical Christmas parade that traditionally takes place in London one Saturday every December. There’s no particular reason to dress up in Santa suits, run around, give gifts, sing songs, have strangers sit on our laps and decide who is naughty or nice. But it’s a lot of fun so Santa does it anyway!
Santacon has no membership and no leader but it does have customs and traditions that Santa has written down for the benefit of other Santas.
To make Great Memories
1. Soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
2. See The Warner Bros Studio decked out for Christmas at Hogwarts In The Snow.
3. Take a romantic stroll through the illuminated Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park.
4. Celebrate Christmas in royal style with fun and games at Kensington Palace.
5. Dress up as Santa and run wild on the streets of London for the Santacon parade.
Ice Ice Baby – Chill Thrill
6. Get your skates on in Somerset House’s glorious 18th century courtyard ice rink.
7. Wrap up warm at the Hampton Court Palace ice rink, which offers spectacular views of Henry VIII’s Palace.
8. Show off your skating skills at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, which has a Christmas tree at its centre.
9. Skate in the shadow of the twinkling London Eye on the festive South Bank.
10. Glide along a skate path beneath fairy-lit trees at Canary Wharf ice rink.
11. Slice the ice on Westfield London’s ice rink.
Croon A Christmas Tune -Enjoy the Most
12. Belt out carols beneath Trafalgar Square’s gigantic Christmas tree.
13. Support Asthma UK by joining its family-friendly annual Christmas Carol Service at St Luke’s Church.
14. Warble yuletide tunes on Christmas Eve at Westminster Abbey.
15. Enjoy candlelit carol singing at St Martin’s In The Field Church.
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16. Meet reindeer in their festive paddock at ZSL London Zoo. Santa will also be waiting to greet children in his grotto.
17. Take a sleigh ride with huggable huskies at WWT London Wetland Centre. You can also meet a family of reindeer and visit Santa in his magical grotto.
18. Follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer by pursuing The Paddington Trail.
Ho Ho Ho!
19. Spend 45 minutes meeting Father Christmas and creating Christmas crafts at Ham House and Garden.
20. Say hello to the jolly man in red at his grotto in Hamleys.
21. Be enchanted by the magical Santa’s Grotto at Selfridges.
22. Travel back in time to Victorian London to meet Father Christmas in his grotto at the Museum of London Docklands.
23. Make a festive keepsake at a London museum Christmas craft event.
24. Create your own Christmas cracker at the Wallace Collection.
25. Fashion two Christmas wreaths at an exclusive workshop at the Garden Museum.
26. Cheer on the festively-dressed teams at London’s annual Great Christmas Pudding race.
27. Discover the magic of 18th century Christmas at Benjamin Franklin House during the Children’s Christmas Party.
28. Be dazzled by the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and Regent Street.
29. Check out Carnaby Street’s cool festive display.
30. Gawp at Covent Garden’s gorgeous tree and magical light displays.
31. Take a stroll off Oxford Street to St Christopher’s Place to see its stylish festive lights.
32. Don’t miss the beautiful illuminations on South Molton Street.
33. Take a look at the lights around the upmarket shopping streets of St James’s.
34. Admire London’s marvellous Christmas trees, from the giant one in Trafalgar Square to the one in London’s legendary Mayfair hotel Claridges.
35. Immerse yourself in festive joy at Irving Berlin’s brilliant musical White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre.
36. Watch a performance of Charles Dickins’ A Christmas Carol at Southbank Centre, with narration by Griff Rhys Jones.
37. See feel-good play Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre.
38. See The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.
39. See a Christmas ballet at the Royal Opera House.
40. Enjoy a celebrity-packed evening of festive songs at Christmas With The Stars at the Royal Albert Hall.
41. Experience the dream-like world of the award-winning Slava’s Snowshow, which combines theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle.
42. See Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic at The O2 arena with more than 60 Disney characters, including The Lion King and Mickey Mouse.
43. Take your kids to see One Snowy Night at Discover Children’s Story Centre.
44. Enjoy a magical live version of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre.
45. Get your kids into the festive spirit with a trip to a children’s theatre show.
46. Shout “Oh no it isn’t!” at a pantomime.
47. Check out new Christmas festival, Winterville at Victoria Park, which has an ice rink, ferris wheel, Santa’s grotto and numerous rides.
48. Delve inside The Hidden House at Westfield Stratford City, an immersive experience inspired by Grimms’ fairy tales.
49. Young fans of movie Frozen can be transformed into Anna or Elsa in a magical fairy tale experience at Disney and Harrods’ Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
50. See how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years at the Geffrye Museum.
51. Delve into the mind of Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London.
52. Travel back in time to the 18th century on an atmospheric candlelit tour of Dennis Severs’ House.
‘This is The Season To Be Jolly
53. Sing-a-long with festive crooner Michael Buble who will be performing at The O2 Arena.
54. Enjoy a big night out to one of London’s top 10 musicals.
55. See Christmas With Lee Mead at the Garrick Theatre.
56. Croon Christmassy songs such as White Christmas and Jingle Bells at the BT Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
57. Book a ticket to the Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at Barbican.
On Christmas Day
58. Watch swimmers braving the icy waters of Hyde Park’s Serpentine to compete in the Peter Pan Cup.
59. Prepare to be wowed by the amazing exhibits at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
60. Tuck into Christmas dinner on the Thames.
61. Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens on a stroll with London Walks.
62. Make the most of the quiet streets by exploring London on a Boris bike.
63. Take a coach tour of London with Golden Tours.
64. Explore 10 miles of the capital on-foot on the Christmas Day Grand Tour of London.
65. Look out for gourmet Christmas treats and hampers at Fortnum & Mason.
66. Decorate your home with treasures from the Conran Shop Marylebone.
67. Flex your credit card in the merry shopping hubs of Bond Street, Oxford Street and Covent Garden.
68. Be dazzled by baubles in one of London’s famous department stores’ dedicated Christmas shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty.
69. Visit one of London’s top 10 toyshops.
70. Browse beautiful books in one of London’s gorgeous bookshops, from the newly-revamped Foyles to glorious Edwardian bookshop Daunt Books.
71. Find arty gifts like wooden advent calendars and cool crackers at an art gallery shop, such as the National Gallery or Tate Modern.
72. Discover quirky toys at one of London’s museum shops, from the Science Museum to the Natural History Museum.
73. Explore The Christmas Shop which sells London-themed festive decorations and is open all year!
74. Find bargains galore in the January sales that begin on Boxing Day.
All The Fun Of The Fair
75. Sip mulled wine and look for gifts at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market.
76. Find unusual gifts and tuck into global cuisine at the free More London Christmas Market.
77. Enjoy festive food including mulled wine and buy Christmas gifts at the Horniman Christmas Fair.
78. Browse stalls filled with original luxury goods and stocking fillers at The City Christmas Fair in Draper’s Hall.
79. Munch on roast chestnuts and shop for gifts at Belgravia Christmas Sunday, where you can also meet Santa and his herd of reindeer.
80. Check out the family-friendly Exmouth Market Christmas Celebration.
81. Visit Leadenhall Market for its mix of stalls, restaurants, shops and pubs.
82. Find gifts and festive treats at 80 stalls under heated marquees at the Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden.
83. Find tempting treats for foodies and hand-picked gifts at Kew Gardens’ boutique Christmas Market.
84. Finish off your Christmas shopping at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City.
85. Mooch around one of London’s top 12 markets.
86. Find the perfect present at the Museum of Childhood’s Christmas Designer Market.
87. Be inspired at the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia which has a programme of festive workshops and hosting tips from the House & Garden experts.
88. Add some festive sparkle to your home at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas at Earl’s Court.
Eat, Drink And Be Merry
89. Surround yourself with pine trees, falling snow, and festive drinks at one of London’s apres ski bars
90. Splash out at one of London’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
91. Feast on a Christmas-themed afternoon tea at a London hotel.
92. Get a caffeine fix at one of London’s top 10 independent coffee shops.
93. Warm your innards with an indulgent hot chocolate at Choccywoccydoodah.
94. Quaff festive tipples (think mulled wine and port) at Vinopolis.
95. Sup a pint by a crackling fire in a cosy pub.
96. Refuel at one of these top 10 cake shops.
97. Buy and try chocolate treats at Hotel Chocolat’s concept bar, Roast + Conch.
98. Find seasonal produce like gingerbread and hot mulled English cider at Borough Market.
99. Keep your eyes peeled for stalls selling roast chestnuts on busy shopping streets.
100. Make a Christmas toast at one of London’s champagne bars.