Events in London – December 2018

Christmas in London is a time for pantos and carols at the Royal Albert Hall, shopping at the festive markets, skating on the outdoor ice rinks, and hunting down the big trees like the one in Trafalgar Square. Or how about a midnight mass at St. Paul’s? The month comes to an end with the big New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

Christmas events in December

Get into the seasonal spirit today with one of these festive events in London

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
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

Theatre shows in December

Give your­self a Christmas treat with some tickets to a West End musical

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

to Queen’s Theatre Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

to Fortune Theatre A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

to Her Majesty’s Theatre The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Mousetrap at St. Martin’s Theatre

to St. Martin’s Theatre Agatha Christies murder mystery crime thriller has been running in the West End for nearly 60 years
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Thriller celebrates Michaels career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves

Music, comedy & film in December

Spend a night watching some live music, a comedy gig or blockbuster movie

Fastlove Tribute To George Michael at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Fastlove is wildly regarded as the UKs finest George Michael tribute act performing alongside his actual saxophonist
Star Wars The Last Jedi at Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory Watch the latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi at the Royal Observatory and then learn how to build a lightsabre
Bill Bailey at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Bill Bailey is back in the West End with his new stand-up show Larks in Transit about his twenty years as a comic
Love Actually at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Theatre Royal Drury Lane The Theatre Royal will be screening the Christmas movie Love Actually with the score performed by a live orchestra
Ian Hislop at Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will be taking a look back at the year with help from Harry Enfield John Sessions and Jan Ravens
Human League at Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo 1980s pop band The Human League will be playing one night at the Hammersmith Apollo in December
Scrooge at Wallace Collection
free

Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection will be screening Scrooge - arguably the best-ever version of Charles Dickens Christmas classic
Simon And Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates their 50th anniversary using live music and original film footage from the 1960s
Paul Carrack at Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre Paul Carrack - the guy behind Ace Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics - will be playing alongside the SWR Big Band

Family & Kid’s events in December

Events in December that will make a nice day out for families with children

Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

to Prince Edward Theatre Disneys Aladdin has been turned into a West End musical and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

to Palace Theatre Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum Enter the nocturnal world of the creatures that live in pitch-black caves and at the bottom of the deep dark ocean
Science Museum

to Science Museum The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System
The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Wider Earth at Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum The story of Charles Darwins dramatic voyage to the other side of the world onboard HMS Beagle

Art & Museum exhibitions in December

How about visiting an exhibition in one of the capital’s galleries or museums?

London Transport Museum

to London Transport Museum Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Science Museum
free

to Science Museum Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
National Portrait Gallery
free

National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery amongst some of the gallerys great works of art
Museum of Childhood
free

to Museum of Childhood The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
Victoria & Albert Museum

to V&A The V&A Museum will be exploring how some of the fabrics and dyes are sourced from nature to create the clothes we all wear
Wallace Collection
free

to Wallace Collection The Wallace Collections new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museums founder Sir Richard Wallace
Tate Modern
free

to Tate Modern Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II

Royal & Religious events in December

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

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?
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
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Start your Christmas in style by attending the atmospheric candlelit midnight mass at St Pauls Cathedral on Christmas Eve
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
free

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral This short(-ish) Christmas carol concert at St Pauls Cathedral is aimed especially at families with little children
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Listen to Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols performed inside St Pauls Cathedral alongside some readings for advent
Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

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

Political & Military events in December

Daily parades and political events taking place during December

Ian Hislop at Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will be taking a look back at the year with help from Harry Enfield John Sessions and Jan Ravens
National Army Museum

to National Army Museum World War I paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings created when he was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
London Transport Museum

to London Transport Museum A guided tour of the secret underground station which played refuge to Winston Churchill during the Blitz in World War II
Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
National Army Museum
free

to National Army Museum An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Speakers’ Corner
free

Speakers’ Corner If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech
Guildhall
free

to Guildhall Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards

Classical music in December

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during December

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Every Sunday St Pauls Cathedral invites one of the worlds finest organists to play on the Grand Organ for half-an-hour
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium
Queen’s Gallery

Queen’s Gallery Take your baby to the Queens Gallery for an informal classical concert and see the Russia Royalty & the Romanovs exhibition
British Museum

to British Museum Ballet Central will be putting on a very special performance of The Nutcracker inside the Great Hall at the British Museum
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a performance of Handels Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Shostakovich Richard Strauss and Alban Berg at Barbican Hall
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
Cadogan Hall

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

Sightseeing tours in December

If you’re visiting London in December then try one of these sightseeing tours

Original Bus Tour

Original Bus Tour The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital
Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
TRS River Cruise

TRS River Cruise Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
City Cruises

City Cruises City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tours The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
See London by Night

See London by Night The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
BrakeAway Bike Tours

BrakeAway Bike Tours Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle
Somerset House
free

Somerset House This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times

Sports events in December

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Hackney Marshes
free

Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Lord’s

Lord’s Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
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
Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum Energise your body with an early-morning yoga class followed by a live gong bath at the Natural History Museum

Other London events during December

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during December

Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Bateaux London

Bateaux London Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Tower Bridge

to Tower Bridge Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo
Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial Go inside the Albert Memorials railings and see one of Londons finest looking monuments from up close
The City

The City If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike for the day?
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Enjoy riding around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Portobello Road

Portobello Road Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market where 100000 people browse hundreds of stalls every Saturday
O2 Arena

O2 Arena Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
London Zoo

London Zoo Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
 
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