The perfect way to usher in Christmas... Midnight Eucharist at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Imagine sitting inside Christopher Wren's cathedral whilst it's bathed in candlelight, listening to some traditional carols and seasonal songs sung by the Cathedral Choir, and then walking home through the deserted city streets...
Note: Tickets are not required for the Midnight Mass, but you should be aware that space in the cathedral is limited. You should arrive as early as possible to be sure of a place because it is almost certainly going to fill up.
Craig’s review of St. Paul’s – “One of the things that I have always liked about St. Paul's Cathedral is the lousy piece of street planning outside the front door. As you walk up Ludgate Hill you'll expect to see the grand facade block off the top like a great barn door, but with the way the street curves over the brow all you get is three-quarters of the front. It's the worst piece of street planni… continued”
Christmas Day service at St. Paul’s – 25 Dec 2018 – There's not a lot to do in London on Christmas Day so how about attending a church service at St Paul's Cathedral instead?
Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Natural History Museum has one of London's prettiest ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel.
Skate around Canary Wharf’s ice rink – 2 Nov 2018 to 16 Feb 2019 – This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.
Skate! — Christmas ice rink at Somerset House – 14 Nov 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London, with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas – 21 Nov to 30 Dec 2018 – Raymond Briggs' classic children's book Father Christmas has been turned into a theatre show at the Lyric Hammersmith
Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman – 22 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Fly through the sky with the magical snowman, as the much-loved children's book "The Snowman" comes to the Peacock.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – 22 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides, a circus, ice rink and Christmas market.
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy St. Paul’s then you might like to visit Brompton Oratory (catch the train from St Pauls to South Kensington), Westminster Abbey (catch the train from St Pauls to Westminster) and Westminster Cathedral (catch the train from St Pauls to Victoria)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans