Christmas in London 2018

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From the Christmas lights down Oxford Street and Regent Street, the Xmas market at Covent Garden, the Santa’s Grotto at Harrods and Hamleys, to the Christmas pantos, ice rinks and big tree in Trafalgar Square, there’s always something magical happening in London during December

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Christmas events in November

Here are some Christmas events if you’re planning to visit London in November

Craig recommends… I’ve reviewed everything from the Christmas lights and ice rinks to the Xmas markets. I’ve also been to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and the tree lighting in Trafalgar Square

Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum has one of Londons prettiest ice rinks decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel
Canary Wharf

to Canary Wharf This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights
Somerset House

to Somerset House Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
Kenwood House

Kenwood House Charles Dickens great grandson Gerald Dickens will be telling the story of Scrooge at Kenwood House
Alison Weir at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Historical author Alison Weir will be talking with Siobhan Clarke about how the Tudors celebrated Christmas
Father Christmas at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith Raymond Briggs classic childrens book Father Christmas has been turned into a theatre show at the Lyric Hammersmith
Snowman at Peacock Theatre

to Peacock Theatre Fly through the sky with the magical snowman as the much-loved childrens book The Snowman comes to the Peacock
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

to Hyde Park Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides a circus ice rink and Christmas market
Robinson Crusoe at Greenwich Theatre

to Greenwich Theatre Set sail with Robinson Crusoe this Christmas and help him battle the Pirate Queen and find the treasure chest full of gold
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace The outdoor ice-rink at Hampton Court has a spectacular backdrop in front of Henry VIIIs 500-year-old Tudor Palace
Tower of London

to Tower of London The Tower of Londons outdoor ice rink is back again for another year in the dry moat outside the castle walls
Aladdin Panto at Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire Join Aladdin in the magical land of Hackney where hell rub a magic lamp and get three wishes from a genie
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

to Old Vic A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above

Christmas events in December

Christmas is coming! December’s nearly here, and so are these seasonal events

Kenwood House

to Kenwood House Take your kids to meet the real Father Christmas at Kenwood House and hear him tell some festive tales about the North Pole
Benjamin Franklin House

to Benjamin Franklin House Enjoy a candlelit tour of the Benjamin Franklin House and experience it like they did in the 18th-century
Hampton Court Palace

to Hampton Court Palace Hampton Courts Festive Fayre will have food and drink stalls cookery demonstrations and carol singing by the bandstand
Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College Enjoy some seasonal readings and a traditional Christmas carol concert in the beautiful Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College
Tower of London

Tower of London Enjoy a Christmas carol concert inside the candlelit Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London
Beauty And The Beast at Shaw Theatre

to Shaw Theatre Beauty and the Beast is a traditional Christmas panto with lots of laughs and dancing and a bit of panto magic
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre

to Richmond Theatre Robert Lindsay will be starring as Captain Hook in this years Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre
Aladdin Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre

to New Wimbledon Theatre Paul Merton and comedy magician Pete Firman will be starring in the Christmas panto at Wimbledon Theatre
Benjamin Franklin House
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Benjamin Franklin House The Benjamin Franklin House will be throwing a Christmas party especially for kids with carols crafts and mince pies
Sir John Soane’s Museum
free

Sir John Soane’s Museum Take your kids to this arts and crafts event at Sir John Soanes Museum where they can make some Christmas cards
Scrooge at Wallace Collection
free

Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection will be screening Scrooge - arguably the best-ever version of Charles Dickens Christmas classic
Lord’s

Lord’s Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
A Christmas Carol Musical at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre A Christmas Carol gets the full Broadway treatment when the London Musical Theatres version comes to the Lyceum
Old Royal Naval College
free

Old Royal Naval College Listen to the Trinity Laban Choirs Christmas carol service inside the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College
Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Carols by Candlelight will include your favourite Christmas carols performed in a candlelit setting and full 18th-century costume
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey The Choir of Westminster Abbey will be performing all your favourite carols and Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols
Kimberley Walsh at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

to Theatre Royal Drury Lane A Christmas Spectacular at the Theatre Royal with the Jingle Belle Dancers and Kimberley Walsh
Westminster Abbey
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to Westminster Abbey Get into the seasonal spirit with a traditional service of lessons and Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral The annual blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees at St Pauls Cathedral is always an atmospheric service
Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall The Christmas Cracker concert at Cadogan Hall is a festive favourite full of seasonal songs and carols by the Royal Philharmonic
Home Alone at Kensington Palace

to Kensington Palace Kensington Palace will be showing Macaulay Culkins Home Alone on a big screen by the Orangery
Miracle On 34th Street at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Watch the feel-good Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street on a big screen by the Orangery at Kensington Palace
Nativity The Musical at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo The smash-hit Nativity movies have been turned into a comedy musical fun for all the family this Christmas
Elf at Kensington Palace

to Kensington Palace Watch Will Ferrells Christmas comedy classic Elf on a big cinema screen by the Orangery at Kensington Palace
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Treat yourself to a Christmas extravaganza at the world famous Magic Circle and watch some of the worlds top magicians
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classics at Barbican Hall
Muppet Christmas Carol at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Watch Kermit and Miss Piggy in The Muppets Christmas Carol on a big screen by the Orangery at Kensington Palace
Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection Enjoy a mince pie some mulled wine and an evening of Christmas carols in the Great Galley at the Wallace Collection
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Enjoy some festive favourites and singalong Christmas carols with the London Concert Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Listen to Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols performed inside St Pauls Cathedral alongside some readings for advent
Nightmare Before Christmas at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Watch Tim Burtons animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas in a pavilion on the Orangery lawn at Kensington Palace
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Concert Orchestra and Jingle Bell Dancers for some Christmas golden oldies and modern favourites at the Barbican
Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre Enjoy a Winter Wassail with music from the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral This short(-ish) Christmas carol concert at St Pauls Cathedral is aimed especially at families with little children
Its A Wonderful Life at Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace Watch James Stewart in the classic Christmas movie Its A Wonderful Life in a pavilion on the Orangery lawn at Kensington Palace
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Enjoy some Carols by Candlelight at Barbican Hall and see the Mozart Festival Orchestra perform in full 18th-century costume
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

to St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy some seasonal readings and Christmas carols sung by the congregation and Cathedral Choir at St Pauls Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey The Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey includes a sermon and Holy Communion and Christmas carols by the Abbey Choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Start your Christmas in style by attending the atmospheric candlelit midnight mass at St Pauls Cathedral on Christmas Eve
Serpentine
free

Serpentine The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey London is like a ghost town on Christmas Day so how about attending the Sung Eucharist at Westminster Abbey instead?
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Theres not a lot to do in London on Christmas Day so how about attending a church service at St Pauls Cathedral instead?
 
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