5 Exciting Things To Do In London This Christmas and New Years

London is definitely one of the places to be in during Christmas and New Year. The hustle and bustle is replaced by more colour, joy and vibrancy when the festive season comes round. Much like New York City in a way.

You get the sense that festivities are in full swing. Mulled wine and mince pies popping up in restaurants, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, festive lights and decorations shining on Carnaby and Regent street. The list is endless!

This autumn gone I did a blog post on 5 of the most exciting things that you’ve got to get round to doing in London. I thought why not follow that up with one for the winter.

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Let’s get Christmas spirit and joy going in ourselves with these 5 activities guaranteed to be full of excitement and sensation:

1. Winter Wonderland

Ever wondered how a winter-themed fun fair would look like in real life exactly?

Well look no further than the popular Winter Wonderland, fast becoming a household name around London during this wintry period if it isn’t already.

Fairground rides, mini Winter villages, ice skating rinks, well decorated food and drink stalls and live Christmas music and shows in it’s own Megadome. Winter Wonderland lives up to its name in terms of turning Hyde Park into a magical place experience and giving people a feeling of childhood nostalgia. There’s something for someone whether you’re a child, adult, wity family, friends or riding solo.

This was put in at no.1 spot on my bucket list this year. I cannot stress more about much of a life necessity going to Winter Wonderland is. At least once.

The theme park is currently open from 10am to 10pm till the 5th January in Hyde Park.

2. Christmas By The River Market

A Christmas market that is set up by London Bridge around that time of the year. Most renowned and tradition London Christmas markets often open from late November till early January just after the New Year celebrations

Just by the riverside, you’ll find over 70+ Christmas stalls disguised as wooden huts. Huts that are well packed with authentic Christmas food, drink, crafts and gifts guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Backed up with live music, beautifully lit and lights and famous attractions like Tower Bridge and Tower of London in the background.

So yep basically, clear views of the iconic landmarks that will make for a great new screensaver or socials. Whilst kept warm by puddings and stuffings and egg nog if you’re feeling very festive with perhaps Michael Buble’s Christmas hits playing in the background. Simple. What more do you want 😛

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3. Visit More Christmas-Themed Markets

Don’t just stop at the Christmas By The River market in terms of market shopping this Christmas and New Years.

It being London we’re talking the city is lit and dotted with many festive markets that are just as spectacular and atmospheric as the aforementioned.

You’ve got Southbank Christmas market just by the riverside. I ended up doing a photo shoot there around this time last year and the scenery was gorgeous. Every winter they bring out these cute, winter pods that you can book for dinner.

There’s also the Flat Iron Square market in Southwark and Kingston Christmas Market. Both which are decorated more like ski villages and are great for finding real Christmas gems whilst shopping.

Again there are many other markets I haven’t mentioned that are definitely worth a look in.

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Image Credit: Matt The List

4. Go Ice-Skating

If you’re more of a sporty, active person and looking for something fun and festive to do then Ice skating this winter season could be what you’re looking for.

Show off any impressive skates with your partner, learn some new acrobatics you’ve got or simply enjoy a family. Indoor or ourdoor, ice skating is a very inclusive activity to do and can create special memories with loved ones. Some of the places to go include Lea Valley Indoor Ice centre Walthamstow, National History Museum and Tower of London Ice rinks, not to mention the one in Winter Wonderland also.

Beyond that there are plenty of temporary ice rinks set up all over London.

5. See A Disney On Ice Show

The final activity on our list is seeing a Disney On Ice show. If you’re a big fan of Disney now’s your chance to celebrate Christmas with your beloved Disney characters and see them ice skate and put in musical performances.

Shows are part of tours that frequently take place all over the UK every year. The shows in London are at the O2 from Boxing Day till the 5th January.

Witness performances from your classic Disney characters when they hit the Ice rink. You’ve got your Disney queens in Snow White, Cinderella as well as the iconic animals such Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Pretty much the OGs really.

This year is the 100th Year anniversary of Disney so they’re going in to make sure fans are well entertained.

One of my blogging friendsTanya from Glam Glitz Gloss went to the O2 for a show a few weeks ago and loved every minute o it. She even managed to land seats at the front row to get surprise so that may be you if you book.

Disney on Ice will also come back to London a la Wembley Arena between 2nd-5th April 2020 in case you miss out during the winter season.

P.S. And why not Back it up with a trip to the cinema to see Frozen II just for nostalgic.

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If you’re in London what exciting plans do you have around Christmas and New Year? Have you spent Christmas and New Year in London before? Got any better suggestions than the ones above. Let me know your thoughts on in the comments below.


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Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!


  1. December 12, 2019 / 9:21 am

    Great new years ideas! Winter wonderland is such a magical sight at Christmas. I also did the London fireworks one years which was incredible! Its just lovely to see different ideas for New Year, rather than folks being stuck in the pub!

    • Johnny
      December 13, 2019 / 8:03 am

      Thank you and yeah that’s definitely true, there’s more to Christmas than drinking socially and definitely a lot more Christmas themed things to do hence this list 😊

  2. December 12, 2019 / 11:52 am

    Great ideas for all things Christmas and fun in London. A nice read for London activities right now.

    • Johnny
      December 13, 2019 / 8:03 am

      Cheers Mark 🙂

  3. December 13, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    These look so good! I’ve always wanted to go to winter wonderland, it looks magical!

  4. December 13, 2019 / 5:59 pm

    You know I’m all over this post, Christmas in London is my favourite favourite!

    I need to check out some of the market suggestions though as I’ve not done them all.

    Oh I wish I was in London right now 🥰

    • Johnny
      December 16, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      😂😂 Better make those wishes come true soon!

    • Johnny
      December 16, 2019 / 1:58 pm

      It definitely can be much more fun! How did you find London when you visited?

  5. Ann Pape
    December 16, 2019 / 3:23 pm

    Love this post! London looks like the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit!

    • Johnny
      December 19, 2019 / 9:51 am

      To be honest I can think of many many places in the world that are just as good if not better! In fact I think the Christmas spirit lifts up Londoners’ mood a lot

  6. December 18, 2019 / 11:58 am

    Was in London last winter and did most of these but in the day lol! London is lovely around Christmas!

    • Johnny
      December 19, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Nice one! Which one on the list would you say is your favourite?

  7. Shannon
    December 18, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    Wow this has really insane to visit London at Christmas! Your photos are gorgeous!!

    • Johnny
      December 19, 2019 / 9:49 am

      Thank you! Well obviously I can’t take credit for all the photos 😁😉

  8. Valentina
    December 18, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    Visiting London has been on my bucket list since I was little. And now seeing all these photos of Christmas decorations makes me want to visit it even more!! So when I finally do get a chance to visit it I’ll definitely have to do it this time of the year. Great post xx

  9. December 18, 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Wow, it looks so beautiful there! I haven’t been to London yet, but hopefully I’ll get to visit at Christmas one year!

    • Johnny
      December 19, 2019 / 9:48 am

      Hopefully you do, like with New York you’ll always have to consider London given that it’s one of the most known capitals in the world

  10. December 18, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    Great list! We have London on our radar and have been wondering about the best time to visit. Based on this it seems like weather be damned, Christmas is a great time of year!

  11. Johnny
    December 19, 2019 / 9:48 am

    Thank you! Well obviously I can’t take credit for all the photos 😂😉

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