Events in London - December 2019

Need some inspiration for December? Christmas in London is a time for pantos and carols at the Royal Albert Hall, 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 ends 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

Cinderella at Lyric Hammersmith

Cinderella Christmas panto

to See if Cinderella can find her Prince Charming when she loses her new shoes and goes to the ball at the Lyric Hammersmith
Snowman at Peacock Theatre

Raymond Briggs The Snowman

to Fly through the sky with the magical snowman as Raymond Briggs much-loved childrens book returns to the Peacock Theatre

Sleeping Beauty Christmas panto

to This years panto at the Greenwich Theatre will be the love story between Sleeping Beauty and her handsome prince
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

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

Dick Whittington Christmas panto

to This years Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire is the classic rags-to-riches tale of Dick Whittington and his cat

Theatre shows in December

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

Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

Spend a night with The Woman in Black

to A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

Thriller - with the songs of Michael Jackson

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

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia - with the songs of ABBA

to Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA

Music and comedy in December

Spend a night watching some live music or a comedy gig

Jack Whitehall at O2 Arena

Jack Whitehall - Stood Up

Jack Whitehall is taking a break from all his big TV and movie roles and going on the road with his new stand-up show — Stood Up
Elvis In Concert at O2 Arena

Elvis Presley in Concert

Watch the King Elvis Presley performing on a big screen at The O2 accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

Ben Elton - Live

The highlight of the comedy year comes in December when the Godfather of alternative comedy returns to stand-up after a fifteen year absence
Parov Stelar at O2 Academy Brixton

Parov Stelar at the Brixton Academy

Master of sampling Parov Stelar is returning to London in December for a live show at the Brixton Academy
Jimmy Carr at Indigo

Jimmy Carr is Terribly Funny

to Jimmy Carrs brand-new stand-up show Terribly Funny is coming to London this Christmas with two nights at the Indigo

Family & Kid’s events in December

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

Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight

Art & Museum exhibitions in December

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

Victorian Surgery Old Operating Theatre at Old Operating Theatre

Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre

A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Victoria & Albert Museum

Mary Quant - Victoria & Albert Museum

to An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Tate Britain

William Blake - The Artist

to Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet painter and printmaker William Blake

Royal & Religious events in December

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

Queen’s Gallery

George IV - Art & Spectacle

to An exhibition of paintings and porcelain from the Royal Collection that were collected together during the reign of George IV
British Library

Buddhism exhibition at the British Library

to This exhibition will explore the history of Buddhism from its 6th-century origins in India right up to the present day
free

Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace

Political & Military events in December

Daily parades and political events taking place during December

Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Prime Ministers Questions Houses Of Parliament at Houses of Parliament
free

Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

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

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech

Classical music in December

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

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the 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
Royal Festival Hall

Wagner Rachmaninov and Holst

Christopher Warren-Green will be conducting some classical music by Wagner Rachmaninov and Holst at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Hrusa conducts Mozart and Beethoven

Jakub Hrusa will be conducting some classical music by Mozart Beethoven and R Strauss at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Albert Hall

Christmas with the Royal Choral Society

Enjoy an evening of Christmas classics performed by the Royal Choral Society and a fanfare of military trumpeteers

Sightseeing tours in December

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

Somerset House
free

Somerset House Historical Highlights

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

Guided walk around Charles Dickens London

This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels

11 - Londons cheapest sightseeing bus

If you dont fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus
The City

City Highlights: The Top 10 sights

A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
Mansion House

Mansion House: The Lord Mayors Residence

Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall

Sports events in December

Here are some sports matches and events taking place in December

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

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 - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

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

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

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

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

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

Other London events during December

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

Albert Memorial

Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial

Go inside the Albert Memorials railings and see one of Londons finest looking monuments from up close
Boris Bike Hire In London at The City

Hire a Boris Bike and cycle around London

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)

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
No 15 Heritage Bus at Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Ride around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
 
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