Things to do in London in December 2019

See the capital transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland in December, and join in the New Year's Eve festivities.
  • Celebrate Christmas in London with pop-up ice rinks, buzzing festive markets, dazzling Christmas lights and seasonal shows. 
  • Don't miss top London December events including Christmas at Kew, Winter Wonderland, Hogwarts in the Snow and Christmas in Leicester Square.
  • See Mary PoppinsNativity! The Musical and La Clique – some of the most unmissable London shows in December.
  • Plan ahead to welcome the arrival of 2020 during London New Year's Eve celebrations.

December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do as Londoners celebrate Christmas and New Year.

London's shopping streets sparkle with Christmas lights in December, and shops are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping.

A focal point of the holiday season in London is Trafalgar Square, which resounds with carol singing around the capital’s biggest Christmas tree, and lights up with a giant menorah for Chanukah.

Get into the festive spirit during your December visit by experiencing some of London's favourite seasonal activities: shop for handmade gifts and festive food at a charming Christmas market; go ice skating on one of the stunning outdoor ice rinks that pop up across the capital; enjoy carols and concerts accompanied by mulled wine and mince pies; and watch a Christmas pantomime, ballet or family show.

Explore London's best December events

Make memories this December with fun events for all the family. From festive villages popping up across the capital, to Christmas shows and quirky goings on, there's plenty to enjoy. Take a look at our pick below.

Fun London winter festivals

Top winter and Christmas events in London

London shows in December

Magical ways to spend Christmas in London

Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December) are both bank holidays (public holidays) in London, with reduced opening times and transport service. But there are still plenty of things to do during this festive period:

Celebrate New Year's Eve in London

London’s famous New Year's Eve fireworks take place every year at the Coca-Cola London Eye on 31 December: buy your ticket in advance to secure a place at this popular London December event. Alternatively, there are plenty of other things to do in London on New Year’s Eve during the day and right through the night, from family shows and ice skating, to parties and dining on the river.

For more things to do in December in London, take a look at our events calendar and guide to what's on in London, including the best London theatre shows.. For last-minute ideas, check out events in London today, things to do this weekend in London. Or work through these 101 things to do this winter in the capital.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London weather page.

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