Feel like getting festive this weekend? Here’s our guide to the best Christmas events in London.

It’s good news for all you Christmas enthusiasts, because the season to be jolly is right round the corner. We’re talking mulled wines in fake Bavarian huts, stuffing yourself with an excessive amount of mince pies and chowing down on a festive pig in blankets sandwich without judgement (okay, maybe a little).

But beyond the sweet treats, it’s all the events that make this time of the year as special as it is. Whether you’re perusing a Christmas market or treating yourself to a warming carol concert, there are all sorts of things to get up to this Xmas and because we’re feeling merry, we’ve pulled together some of our top festive picks.


Classic Christmas events on this week

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew’s incredible botanical gardens will be undergoing another magnificent seasonal makeover in 2019, as Christmas at Kew lights up the space’s iconic buildings and the weird and wonderful plants that call it home.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns is back for 2019 with another sparkling programme of festive shows and performances, family fun and music.

Skate at Somerset House

Now in its twentieth year, the arrival of the ice rink in Somerset House’s grand eighteenth-century courtyard is something of a festive institution. The 900-square-metre outdoor rink returns to the spot from November 13 to January 12, and is a great way to spend the day no matter how impressive your skating skills are.