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Things to do in London on Christmas Day

It's the one day of the year when London feels especially quiet, so experience a different side of the city on Christmas Day in London.

Soak up plenty of seasonal cheer with this guide to what to do in London on Christmas Day.

Although Christmas it a little different this year with restaurants and London pubs currently closed, you can still take in the festive atmosphere with a wintry walk in your local area or park. Make sure to spot shimmering Christmas lights and trees along the way – stay safe by following social distancing guidelines

Enjoy Christmas Day exercise in London

Make this Christmas Day memorable while ensuring you follow the latest coronavirus guidelines. 

  • After enjoying a traditional Christmas lunch in London at home, go for a wander to discover new things in your local area.
  • Or head to your nearest park for a brisk morning walk among the wintry foliage.

Virtual Christmas activities

Find out how you can enjoy London's festive atmosphere from the comfort of your home with these at-home activities.

Christmas Day transport in London

Just as Santa takes a well-earned rest, so does London’s public transport on Christmas Day, with no services running. Only essential journeys are permitted in and out of London and around the capital due to tier 4 coronavirus guidelines.

What is open on Christmas day in London?

Most London attractions are closed on Christmas Day. It's best to check with individual attractions before making a visit.

If you fancy a family walk with your household, London's Royal Parks remain open on 25 December.

Christmas Day church services in London

Usually, you can attend one of the many Christmas Day services in London’s cathedrals and churches, including magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, atmospheric St Martin-in-the-Fields church, pretty All Hallows by the Tower and historic Southwark Cathedral

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, some services might be cancelled or hosted online. Check with the venue in advance.

Which restaurants open on Christmas Day in London?

London restaurants are currently closed due to tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.

Things to do in London on Boxing Day

Once the gifts are unpacked and bellies are filled, it’s time for the Boxing Day extravaganza, which is also a public holiday, on 26 December.

Although many attractions are closed, there are many fun things to do in London on Boxing Day this year:

Find out more about transport and opening times over the festive season with this essential guide to Christmas and New Year in London, and plan your festive break with top tips for Christmas in London.

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