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Tourists are often surprised to find London looking like a ghost town on Christmas Day. All of the theatres, galleries and attractions are closed — even the buses and trains stop running — but there are still one of two things that are well-worth doing.
How about attending the Sung Eucharist at Westminster Abbey? It's a traditional service with a sermon and Holy Communion, and beautiful music from the Abbey Choir.
It's totally free and you don't even need a ticket, but if you're thinking of attending then you should try and get there early because the seats are sure to fill up.
Craig’s review of Westminster Abbey – “Everyone who comes to London should visit Westminster Abbey... simple as that. It's the second best building in the capital after Parliament, and contains the single greatest room in the Henry VII chapel. Unfortunately it's also bloody expensive considering that it's a church, but I suppose even God has his bills to pay. You definitely need to listen to the audio-gui… continued”
Bach’s St. John Passion — Westminster Abbey – 16 Apr 2019 – Westminster Abbey will be celebrating Holy Week with a performance of Bach's St John Passion by St James' Baroque
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.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – 27 Nov 2018 to 19 Jan 2019 – A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above
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 Westminster Abbey then you might like to visit Brompton Oratory (catch the train from Westminster to South Kensington), St. Paul’s Cathedral (catch the train from Westminster to St Pauls) and Westminster Cathedral (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Westminster to Victoria)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans