5 Things To Do In London During Christmas & New Year’s

Exactly 7 days till Christmas and exactly 14 days till we enter the new year of 2019! For me London is one of the best cities you can be in terms of finding things to do during the festive period.

Apart from the hard graft for earning a bit of cash to splash on presents (check out my post on gifts for travelers  if you, increase in commerical and business activities and down time with family, London often puts on a large number of excting and engaging things that often bring a lot of joy from adults and kids alike.

So to round off the year on a high note and kick off the new year in style, here’s 5 things you can do:

1. Winter Wonderland

This is defo going to be backed one day!

Winter Wonderland is London’s biggest winter theme park in Hyde Park every winter! Over 100 rides and fun activities including Wave Swinger, The Hangover and The Munich Lopping. This is alongside various shows, children’s experiences and circus displays.

I haven’t been before but it seems like you’ll never run out of things to do. Maybe the next thing you know you would’ve spent the whole day there. Not one person I know who has been has come and given me a disappointing review of their time there.

Opening times are from 10am to 10pm everyday for the period it is there for. However avoid going on weekends. If you can’t then prepare for a lengthy wait with extra clothing layers and interesting conversations lined up.

This year’s Winter Wonderland closes on January 6th 2019. Don’t miss out!

5 Things To Do In London During Christmas & New Year's
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5 Things To Do In London During Christmas & New Year's
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2. Take A Trip To The Market Stalls In Southbank

Or Precisely the Southbank Centre Food Market. Surrounded by many of London’s most famous attractions, the food market is a place for tourists and Londoners to try out street food from the city’s smallest businesses and independent traders. 

By the Festival pier are mini, cosy igloos where people can sit and enjoy their lunch or dinner. The igloos are perfectly placed where you can get a great view of Westminister, specfiically Big Ben and the Houses Of Parliament  The tables in the igloos have candles placed on them also. It’s perfect to keep yourself warm and a perfect setting for a romantic evening.

Market stalls are open Friday to Sunday between 12pm and 8pm on Friday, 11am and 8pm on Satuday and 12pm and 6pm on Sunday. It is located at Southbank Centre Square and is a 5 minute walk from Waterloo station.

5 Things To Do In London During Christmas & New Year's
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5 Things To Do In London During Christmas & New Year's
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3. Visit Carnaby Street

Parallel to Regent St is the smaller Carnaby St. But not as small in terms of interest and vibes.

What used to be a rundown alleyway in the 1950s became a thriving central spot for music and fashion in the 60s. Dubbed the “capital of cool” Carnaby St was also contributor to revolutionising youth culture in the UK and inspiring trends across many industries.

Above you when you walkthrough areis many brightly-lit, colourful and mega lights. They’re not all Christmas lights but given what I’ve described them to be you would be forgiven for mistaking them for such. The street is filled with over 50 restaurants and bars and stores. This includes your typical high street shops as well as shops you rarely see even in the biggest shopping distrcts

4. Watch The New Year Fireworks

In terms of having a wonderful time during the festive season then going to watch the annual New Year Fireworks show to usher London into the new year is not a bad way to go about it. Lots of people gather joyously to watch the Big Ben strike midnight

This is the spectacle that is often a sellout in addition to blinding you with all the sparks and bright lights being illuminated in the sky. All households in London are either vying against one another for tickets or watch on the small screen from the comforts of their homes.

The fireworks display takes place over the London Eye. Getting to viewing locations very early is a must. Public transport around central london is limited as well as there being loads of traffic.Top 5 Things To Do In London For Christmas

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Top 5 Things To Do In London For Christmas
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5. Do Some Volunteering

In London there are infinite number of people homeless during the Christmas period. It’s difficult to keep count. Some of them don’t have family friends to turn to so they end up very lonely. This is worsened by the fact tat the harsh cold the winter season brings leads to many of these homeless people dying from too much exposure to the cold.

What better way to make these people’s Christmas brighter and warmer than to give your time to them at a food bank or night shelter. Spend time talking and getting to know them. Even Christmas carols and tunes from hymns to awake their Christmas spirit. People shouldn’t feel that they’re cut off and not acknowledged at a festive time.

Final Word

A lot of things about London during Christmas just becomes bigger and bigger. People can become more cheerier and generous – and a bit more stressed than usual of course 😉

.What are activities you often like doing to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s? Leave them in the comments below. Check out my recent post on what kind of gifts to get travelers for Christmas Otherwise feel free to follow me on socials and my blog to stay updated on upcoming content.

Tilll the next post – Cheerio!

Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures


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. Elizabeth
    December 18, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Looks like an amazing place to spend the holidays!!

    • Johnny
      December 18, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      It surely is! London has its flaws don’t get me wrong but the mood of people and the general vibe in the city just becomes more positive and laidback

  2. December 18, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    Great tips! Nice to have a summary when you’re just visiting 🙂

    • Johnny
      December 18, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      Yep! Sometimes it’s best to keep it all simple when you’re just looking for fun. Cheers for reading Molly 🙂

  3. Elle
    December 20, 2018 / 10:45 am

    I love the fact you ended on volunteering! Something we always need more if around this time of year.
    Mmmmm my fave thing to do is find food places that do their in take on a “Christmas dinner”. I love when people are creative with food.
    Excited for the next post!
    Elle x

    You can read some of my content on http://www.ellemacuk.com

    • Johnny
      December 20, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Hahaha I didn’t intend to be that way but now that you said that I glad I did. I’m doing volunteering for my new church tomorrow so I thought it’d something relevant to add. Plus Christmas is a time of giving and appreciating life.

      Thats a good one! Food and cooking is a form of art – chefs and cooks can express themselves with the way they prep, season or flavour food. I’m a mad foodie so would be cool to hear what you’ve learnt from others on Christmas food in one of your posts or something!

  4. January 2, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    Love Christmas in London, it’s so Christmassy. Didn’t get to go to Winter Wonderland this year but next time!! Love that you’ve included volunteering I do really think Christmas is about giving.

    • Johnny
      January 3, 2019 / 12:13 am

      Absolutely! Missed out on Winter Wonderland too but oh well like you said there’s always next time. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Years

  5. Rico Travels
    January 31, 2019 / 10:37 pm

    I am on the same boat as you. I have lived in London my whole life yet I have never been to Winter Wonderland.

    • Johnny
      February 1, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      How we haven’t got round to going I’ll never know man. Lets put that right this year!

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