Ruth Gledhill


Hattie Lloyd 27/11/23

Christmas in London 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the weeks right before Christmas, when you get to wander round festoon-lit markets with a mulled wine in-hand; listen to festive swing music at dazzling concerts and sing along to classic carols in candlelit settings; watch Christmas movies with live orchestral soundtracks; and dine on molten raclette in your own private riverside igloo… before realising it’s somehow the 23rd, and you somehow haven’t got any presents yet.

But before that panic takes hold, here’s our run-down of all the Christmassy things to do in London for 2023:

Your full monthly run-down of carefully curated events, parties, and pop ups – including no small number of festive things to do in London. READ YOUR DECEMBER AGENDA

london markets christmas 2023

If you’re in the market for a little Christmas shopping, this is where to do it. SEE LONDON’S BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS

london ice skating christmas 2023

All the best spots for ice skating in London, from mini rinks on rooftops with hot cocktails, to sprawling ones in front of Tudor palaces. PERUSE THE BEST ICE RINKS IN LONDON

sing carols in london 2023

Whether you’re a herald angel or more of a cattle lowing in the singing stakes, there are plenty of atmospheric spots for a little carolling in the city, from candlelit churches to pub singalongs. CAROLS & CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

winter rooftops and terraces

Terraces decked out with fur throws, snuggly blankets, candles and fairy-lights… and in some cases, about six storeys underneath you. TAKE A LOOK AT LONDON’S BEST WINTER ROOFTOPS & TERRACES

office christmas party ideas 2023

Organising the Christmas party. It’s only the second most stressful office activity after dealing with items mysteriously disappearing from the fridge. So we’ve rounded up the most potent combinations of booze, atmosphere, and fun in London… AIN’T NO PARTY LIKE AN HR PARTY

private dining rooms for christmas

Christmas is all about close friends and family, tucking into delicious food, in a cosy, festively decorated room… and if that room isn’t in your house, you don’t have to do the washing up. SEE LONDON’S BEST PRIVATE DINING ROOMS

cosy pubs with open fires

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… plus mulled wine, craft beers, board games and Sunday roasts. DISCOVER THE BEST LONDON PUBS WITH OPEN FIRES

london christmas lights 2023

Only the most glo-o-oo-o-oh,o-oo-oh, o-ooh-orious Christmas lights in London this year, plus details on what to expect at the switch-on parties. READ THE GLOWING REVIEWS

winter light trails in london 2023

And if you want to explore one of the city’s many after-dark light displays, this guide should illuminate you… TAKE A LOOK AT LONDON’S BEST LIGHT TRAILS

christmas shows in london

It’s Christmas in London’s theatres, too – and this year you can catch jaw-droppingly stunning performances of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and The Snowman. SEE LONDON’S BEST CHRISTMAS BALLET SHOWS

festive afternoon tea london

If a tower of yule logs, mince pies, Christmassy cupcakes and turkey sandwiches sounds good to you, then this might just be your cup of tea. SEE THE BEST FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEAS

winter date ideas

The weather may be chilly, but your love life’s about to heat up. Check out these cosy WINTER DATE IDEAS

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these fun things to do in London this month