December marks the start of Winter and with the holidays just around the corner, London becomes a place where is almost impossible not to have fun! This is the time when pretty much every corner of the capital fills with corporate and cultural events that will keep both locals and visitors busy throughout the month!
The best Christmas Markets in London have live shows and performances as well as space to skate on ice. The most popular markets places to visit include Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Leicester Square Christmas Market, Trafalgar Square Christmas Market, Greenwich Market, Camden Christmas Market, Christmas at Kew, Canopy Market at Kings Cross and the Southbank Centre Winter Festival. Most kick-off in late November so they will be in full swing for festive fun in December.
London’s ultimate Christmas destination is located in Hyde Park. Winter Wonderland offers over 100 visitor rides and attractions, shows, London’s biggest Christmas Market, Santa Land, which is a whole area dedicated to children as well as restaurants, cafes and themed bars.
Ice Rinks in London
Ice skating in London is the perfect way to get in the festive mood! In London, there’s the added bonus of a breathtaking selection of settings, that range from the historical backdrop of the Tower of London to the quirky rooftop ice rink at Skylight, Tobacco Dock. other amazing ice skating spots in London include the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Hampton Court, Winterville, Canary Wharf and Alexandra Palace.
Christmas Lights Displays
London truly becomes a magical place in December and part magic is thanks to the spectacular selection of Christmas lights across the city. Here’s where to go for the most spectacular Christmas lights displays this winter:
- REGENT STREET
- OXFORD STREET
- CARNABY STREET
- SEVEN DIALS
- COVENT GARDEN
- TRAFALGAR SQUARE
- MARYLEBONE VILLAGE
- KEW GARDENS
- ENCHANTED ELTHAM PALACE
- SHARD LIGHTS
- SYON PARK’S ENCHANTED WOODLAND
- GREENWICH MARKET
- COAL DROPS YARD
The O2 Arena
In December the O2 arena has a line-up like no other. Our top picks include Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael on 06th December; An Evening with Michael Buble on 09th December; Hello Again, The Story of Neil Diamond on 13th December and finally, Disney on Ice from 26th December 2019. Make a night of it, stay at a hotel near The O2 Arena in London! The Westbridge Hotel is the perfect choice for a good night’s rest after a night out at the O2 in Greenwich. It takes just 15 minutes to get from our hotel to the arena, and we have a number of upcoming dates available at a reduced low-season rate. Call us to find out more.
Pantomimes and Theatre
For a truly festive experience, head to the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. During December a stellar cast will be performing Dick Whittington, a long-standing pantomime favourite. Stratford East is just 5 minutes from The Westbridge Hotel, perfect post-dinner entertainment. Alternatively catch one of the West End’s Box Office biggies such as The Lion King, Wicked, and Les Miserables.
New Years Eve Celebrations
The best views of the NYE fireworks along the banks of the Thames are reserved for ticket holders only! Last year tickets went on sale in September and were £10 each. However, if you fancy watching the display without being out in the cold, book a table at a high-rise restaurant with a view. Our top picks include The Babylon, Kensington, The Blue Print Café, Coq d’Argent and OXO Tower Restaurant.