Destinations, Winter guide

Christmas festivities in London

Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner or a Saturday shopper, there’s no denying that there are many amazing Christmas festivities in London. Don’t miss out on winter wonderlands, the cream of British entertainment, and a huge variety of traditional and alternative Christmas festivities in London. With the biggest choice of shops and attractions getting their jingle on, our London hostels are ready for you.

Christmas Shopping

The glowing balls of Oxford Street light the way to some amazing retail therapy. Hit the busiest retail street in Europe for hundreds of shops and thousands of gifts. Catch iconic window displays at Selfridges, pamper yourself with luxury products, or shop ‘til you drop until 10pm.

If you love the wooden stalls of a traditional Christmas market, the Southbank Centre’s twinkling German-style cabins offer handmade delights and delicious festive food. Look out for stalls and seasonal goods at Angel Central, St Katherine Docks and the Greenwich Market too. Creative types can even craft their own unique presents at the Christmas Makers Market at East Village.

Winter Wonderlands

It’s impossible to pass Hyde Park this December without spotting its spectacular Winter Wonderland. This family favourite fills the park with thrilling rollercoasters, fairground rides and a huge observation wheel. Gaze at the sculptures in the Magical Ice Kingdom, glide on the UK’s largest ice rink, or catch Cirque Berserk in the big top. Don’t miss a magical trip to Santa Land!

Santa’s very busy this Christmas and his grottos grace everywhere from Westfield to the Royal Albert Hall. For the perfect antidote to Christmas cheese, head to Victoria Park’s Winterville for a creative alternative – you’ll find everything from saucy burlesque to craft beers at Bar Humbug.

Concerts and shows

From the rowdiest of pantos to breathtaking ballets, London entertainment legendary for a reason. Head to the West End to to catch smash hit Elf the Musical at the SSE Arena, Wembley and laugh your stripy socks off. Or watch Paterson Joseph do Scrooge’s top hat for heart-warming classic A Christmas Carol. You’ll need a tissue or ten for the live dance version of the Snowman…

For twinkly toes and spellbinding costumes, treat yourself to a ballet like The Nutcracker. Or see witness actors flying on wires and enjoy classic slapstick comedy at the production of ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’. Not feeling festive but still interested in entertainment? Join either Jack Whitehall, Rob Beckett or Russel Kane this winter as each of the comedians tour various venues throughout November and December.

Festive attractions

There’s no time like the (Christmas) present to discover the best Christmas festivities in London and they’re extra special at this time of year. Make someone’s year with Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour; a look around the movie sets and freshly decked Great Hall of Harry Potter.

Hop on a bus for a round trip of London’s famous landmarks – now with stops at the city’s Christmas lights. We offer a discount to Madam Tussauds if you fancy a Christmas-inspired selfie with Kim, Kanye or Kylie. If you’re looking for a cultural twist, Tate Modern is hosting its own artisan festivities and Kew Gardens boasts a 50-foot Christmas tree and stunning light sculptures.

Food and drink

Let London’s fabulous food scene draw you in this winter – you’ll find gourmet treats and yummy street food around every corner. There’s bratwurst and spicy Glühwein in the après-ski chalets of many markets, along with hundreds of local and international producers selling their wares. How about snapping up some gifts at the Real Food Christmas Market for the foodie in your life?

For a gastronomical experience, leave Christmas dinner to the pros and splash out on some luxury. Westminster’s Cinnamon Club serve pan-Indian delights like Tandoori pheasant and the Grazing Goat do superb puds. There’ll be stuffing-filled specials at your fave food chains too.

With six hostels in London, you’d be mad to miss all the Christmas festivities in London. We’ll be decking our halls with plenty of sparkle and you can even join us for some Christmas lunch.

Previous ArticleNext Article