10 Best Things to do in London this December

By Megan Millisky

London, England is the perfect destination for December holiday fun. If you’re travelling with kids, you can meet Santa at a London zoo. Be sure to check out the 82-foot Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. And when you’re tired from all your sightseeing, relax at the Nutcracker Ballet! Here are the 10 best activities to choose from this December.

1. Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square

This amazing 82-foot tree is a holiday season must-see. Carolers perform around the tree most afternoons. Through December, there are various events to celebrate the season, such as the blessing of the crib ceremony, which has a torchlit procession.

Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom

2. The Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park

This December 25, members of the Serpentine Swimming club swim an icy race. The Peter Pan Cup plunge begins at 9 AM, when the water is usually below 40°F. Spectators are advised to dress warmly!

Address: GR4M+WP London, United Kingdom

3. Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

November 30-December 24, celebrate Christmas with London’s furry friends. There are holiday movie screenings, themed talks, and even a chance to meet Santa.

Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom

4. English National Ballet: Nutcracker at London Coliseum

Come see this traditional English ballet feature at the world-famous London Coliseum. From December 11-January 5, the National Ballet performs the Nutcracker. Get lost in the Tchaikovsky score and more than 100 talented dancers.

Address: St Martin's Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES, United Kingdom

5. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k Race

This race winds through some of London’s most beautiful sights. Race entry is about $23, so don’t miss out on this memorable way to see Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Meet at the park on December 7 to race or cheer on the runners.

Address: GXVM+89 London, United Kingdom

6. BBC Good Food’s Festive FEAST

December 6-8, discover one of London’s biggest food celebrations. BBC Good Food’s Festive FEAST has delicious street food, celebrity chefs, and live entertainment. It’s a great opportunity to taste all London has to offer, all in one convenient location.

Address: Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, United Kingdom

7. Olympia Horse Show

December 16-22, discover the world of horse racing. You can watch horses as they perform jumps, dressage, and carriage driving.

Address: Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX, United Kingdom

8. A Magic Lantern Christmas Show

Kids and adults will both be entertained by fantastical stories told by professional performers. This annual performance on December 29 takes place at Gunnersbury Park.

Address: Gunnersbury Park, Popes Ln, London W3 8LQ, United Kingdom

9. LNYDP Concert Series

December 29-30, join together with Londoners and travelers alike for this fun concert series. There are five concerts spread over two iconic locales, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square.

Address: 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ, United Kingdom

10. New Year’s Eve Fireworks

If you’re lucky enough to be in London on December 31, watch the sky light up with fireworks near Victoria Embankment. While space fills up quickly, this waterside location is perfect to ring in the new year.

Address: Victoria Embankment, London, UKa>

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