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”
Christmas concert at Westminster Abbey – 13 Dec 2018 – The Choir of Westminster Abbey will be performing all your favourite carols and Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols
Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey – 13 Dec 2018 – Get into the seasonal spirit with a traditional service of lessons and Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey
Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey – 24 Dec 2018 – The Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey includes a sermon and Holy Communion and Christmas carols by the Abbey Choir
Festive candlelit tour — Benjamin Franklin House – 6, 13 and 20 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a candlelit tour of the Benjamin Franklin House and experience it like they did in the 18th-century.
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace – 7 to 9 Dec 2018 – Hampton Court's Festive Fayre will have food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, and carol singing by the bandstand
Carol Concert at the Old Royal Naval College – 7 Dec 2018 – Enjoy some seasonal readings and a traditional Christmas carol concert in the beautiful Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College
Carols by Candlelight at the Tower of London – 8 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a Christmas carol concert inside the candlelit Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.
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