20 Things To Do In December

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Skating, Christmas lights, winter trails and Santa

And, in the blink of an eye, December is upon us and 2023 is fast approaching. So, gather the family and get the celebrations started. Here are 20 of our favourite things to do in December in and around London.


Stroll along the Southbank under twinkling lights, join family activities, catch a show and sample delicious treats at the Southbank Winter Festival. (Nov 3 to Jan 8) 


Take a ride on the Christmas-themed subterranean Mail Rail and join in all the family fun at Postal Museum. (Nov 2 to Jan 5)


See Kew Gardens transformed into a magical winter light trail with Christmas at Kew. If you’re very lucky you might just run into a special jolly someone too. (Nov 16 to Jan 8)


With so many beautiful skating locations across London, it can be hard to choose which one to visit. How about starting with Skate at Somerset House, where you can take to the ice on the magnificent neoclassical courtyard ice rink. (Nov 16 to Jan 15)


Stroll through a winter wonderland and enjoy multi-sensory interactive lights along the way at the Lightopia Festival. (Nov 17 to Jan 2)


RHS Garden Wisley transforms into a spectacular Christmassy world with RHS Glow. (Nov 17 to Jan 8)


Get in the festive spirit at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, and enjoy circus attractions, shows, a huge ice rink and street food. (Nov 18 to Jan 2)


Grab a warm hot chocolate and mince pie and see the Tower of London in a new light with Christmas displays all across the fortress. (Nov 23 to Jan 3)


Enter a twinkling winter wonderland at the London Transport Museum, explore the trail and complete some family activities. Nov 25 to Jan 2) 


Hop aboard a vintage steam train for the Panto Express, where you can meet Santa before watching a mini panto. (Nov 26 to Dec 18)


Help Santa feed all the zoo animals and enjoy animal crafts, talks and marshmallow toasting with The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo. (Nov 26 to Jan 3)


Head to Alexandra Palace for a Christmas spectacular with a jam-packed programme including ice skating, theatre, pantomime and a Santa’s Grotto. (Nov 28 to Jan 15)


See Christmas in a different light when the landscaped grounds of Kenwood House are illuminated for a winter trail. (Dec 2 to Jan 1)


Visit the edible Gingerbread City made entirely from gingerbread and sweets and take part in house-making workshops. (Dec 3 to Jan 2)


Stroll through a magical forest and journey to the North Pole in search of Santa at the Odds Farm Christmas Spectacular. (Dec 3 to 24)


The magic of Christmas is coming to the London Museum of Water and Steam’s family event Ho Ho Ho. (Dec 3 to 18)


Make your way to the Greenwich Peninsula, which transforms into an Enchanted Forest, complete with illuminated faux frosted trees and lots of activities on the agenda. (Dec 3 to 18)


Kick off the holidays in style at Ascot’s Howden Christmas Racing Weekend, and combine meeting Santa with some world class horse racing. (Dec 17)


Take a Festive Family Tour of the Globe Theatre and discover all about how Christmas was celebrated in Shakespeare’s time, as well as the folk traditions that people practiced to welcome in winter. (Dec 19 to Feb 25)


Join a hair-raising adventure with Horrible Christmas in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season! (Dec 27 to Dec 30)

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