December is a magical month in London – the lights are twinkling, Christmas carols are playing, and the city is buzzing. Whether you are new to London or have lived here for a while, there is nothing like enjoying some of the festive events this city has to offer.
We’ve put together a list of 7 things you have to do this December, so you can make the most out of the festive season.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Experience Kew Gardens after dark with their immersive light trail until 09 January 2022! Get together with family or friends to follow the illuminated path around the botanical gardens and be treated to some of the new immersive installations and spectacular displays.
New this year is Aurora at the Holly Walk – an ambitious installation that illuminates the night sky like the enchanting visual phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. And don’t forget to visit Spheric, a show-stopping dome of lights suspended over a reflective pool of water.
Book your tickets and enjoy a night surround by twinkling lights.
Experience Christmas in Hyde Park by taking a trip to Winter Wonderland!
Perfect for all ages, Winter Wonderland is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas, featuring a selection of festive rides and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market, live music, and festive treats and drinks. Make sure you pre-book your tickets ahead of time to get your arrival time slot!
Ice Skating At The Natural History Museum
A staple in London during the winter, this is the last year you will be able to ice skate at the Natural History Museum! From now until January 16th, grab your friends or family and surround yourself with fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees while smelling the hot chocolate and mulled wine in the air!
In 2022, this area will be a fully accessible green space that the museum hopes will help visitors learn about the diversity of our planet.
Don’t miss out and book your tickets today!
Southbank Winter Light
Southbank Centre is shining bright this December with festive illuminations. Winter Light is a free, open-air exhibition featuring more than 10 light installations that were created by famous and talented artists from around the world. These installations use lights and colours in a whole new way while dealing with important topics about nature, technology, urban life, and spirituality.
Meet Santa At Alexandra Palace
Visit Santa with the whole family from now until December 23rd at his Grotto in Alexandra Palace! Here, kids will get to meet Santa, receive a small gift, and have their photo taken with the big man himself.
While you’re here, don’t forget you can enjoy the many other things Ally Pally has to offer from ice skating to delicious foods and drinks! Book your day at Ally Pally today!
Located just around Cambridge Circus, Stone Nest is a new, relaxed, and exciting venue for culture in London. The Space has a changing artistic offering that recently featured a most acclaimed production of Bartok’s Bluebeard opera. Another advantage is the bar that lies under it: Below. It is open until 2 am and it walk-ins only (which comes as a relief for those of us who still have not been able to forfeit spontaneity altogether).
St. John's Lodge Garden
Through a camouflaged for in Regent’s Inner circle, one gains access to this hidden garden. It is the ideal place to find peace in the sometimes too hectic Regent’s Park. It has many comfortable and often available benches, a great view of St. John’s Lodge (one of the only two surviving villas of John Nash’s original design for the park).
It also features some of remarkable statues amongst which stand out The Embrace in the back of the garden, and just upon entering, a beautiful circular fountain with a surprised Hylas. The little garden is a quiet oasis in the middle of London in which to relax trying to spot the occasional woodpeckers, or simply wait for the surprising road to the territorial lion of the nearby Zoo.