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12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London

So, on the 12th day of Christmas…No, don’t worry! I’m not about to burst into a full rendition of the Christmas carol, but I am going to reveal the best places to enjoy all the fun, frivolity and festive cheer in London.

Things to do in London at Christmas

From Christmas events, cosy pops, Christmas lights, shows and winter markets this seasonal guide with have you celebrating Christmas with style in London. There is a festive experience for everyone, whether you’re a barfly or a bah, humbug!

Day 1: The Greatest Snowman

For the Immersive Diners

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | The Greatest Showman
Credit: @arabellaitani

Funicular Productions bring a festive twist to their third immersive dining experience. Embark on a train journey from Pedley Street Station for a Christmas adventure which unfolds on a luxury train carriage. On your 2 hour journey discover the true meaning of Christmas with all its twists and turns and feast on a four course menu created by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist 2017, Louisa Ellis.

Funicular Productions – The Greatest Snowman

Day 2: Ice Skating at the Tower of London

For the winter sports enthusiasts

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | Tower of London Ice Skating

Experience London’s most famous Tower as it gets festive. Whizz around dramatic surroundings as you skate in the dry moat of the Tower of London. It’s a unique and magical setting and in the evening becomes even more stunning. The iconic historical landmark is illuminated for some spectacular views. If you don’t fancy skating enjoy the rink-side bar serving seasonal fayre from mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies to champagne.

Tower of London

Day 3: Eat out this Christmas and help London’s homeless

For the foodies

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | StreetSmart

During the season of goodwill when you eat out this Christmas help the homeless. Rough sleeping in the UK has nearly tripled since 2010, and last year over 300,000 people in Britain were recorded as homeless. You can help by simply heading to the nearest restaurant participating in StreetSmart. The UK homeless charity raises funds to tackle the growing crisis by asking restaurant customers to add a voluntary extra quid to their bill. Founded in London in 1998, it has raised more than 8.8 million in total. Three hundred London restaurants are involved this year from Fera at Claridges, Barrafina, Tredwells to Hoppers and many more. For a list of participating restaurants, click the link below.

StreetSmart – London Restaurants

Day 4: Finding Santa at The Little Angel Theatre

For the kids

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | The Little Angel Theatre

Little Angel’s new interactive Christmas show uses puppetry and snowy scenes to bring the spirit of Christmas alive through Santa’s two elves. Both are on a mission to deliver the children’s letters to the North Pole in time. The show is full of funny, quirky characters and it’s the audience who help to decide how the story unfolds in a choose your own adventure type scenario. Perfect for three to eight year olds.

Little Angel Theatre – Finding Santa

Day 5: Marvel at the Christmas lights

For the light fanatics

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | London Christmas Lights

All of London’s Christmas lights are now illuminated. Let your eyes be dazzled by the twinkling installments from Covent Garden, Oxford and Regent Street, it’s a magical time of the year on the London streets.

Day 6: Winter Wonderland Ball Pit at TwoRuba

For the big kid in you

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | Ball Pit at TwoRuba

The plush cocktail bar TwoRuba located within the Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel has opened its latest pop up. Jump into the festive season with their Winter Wonderland Ball Pit! With over 23,000 balls to frolic in, fluffy pillows and disco balls, it’s such a fun way to party.  Pre-booking is required and for £35 per person you can enjoy a 2 hour slot of ball pit fun including bottomless Prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks.

Two Ruba – Winter Wonderland Ball Pit

Day 7: A Festive Overnight Stay at The Arch London

For the luxury lovers

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | The Arch London

Treat yourself with a stay at a luxurious London hotel. The Arch Hotel in Marble Arch is perfectly located for all your Christmas shopping. Once you’ve whizzed around the shops and ticked off your Christmas shopping list, head back for some seasonal relaxation. The hotel serves a whole host of delicious festive culinary delights from Christmas lunch and dinner menus, Christmas cocktails and magical afternoon teas. Go on – you know you deserve it!

The Arch Hotel – Marble Arch

Day 8: Indulge in a Hot Chocolate at Venchi

For those with a sweet tooth

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | Hot Chocolate Venchi

Head to Venchi, fine Italian gourmet chocolate manufacturers since 1878. The chocolate boutique is full of sweet temptations, but when the temperature falls there is only one thing I crave – Warm delicious hot chocolate. Venchi do three flavours, traditional, Giandujotti (milk chocolate and hazelnut) and Cuba Rhum. Or yes you can have one spiked with Rum and it’s the tastiest, creamiest thing this side of Christmas! There are three stores in London, Covent Garden, Chelsea and Hampstead. Make sure you go get your chocolate fix this Christmas!


Day 9: Christmas Charles Dickens style

For the museum geeks

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | Charles Dickens Museum
Credit: Charles Dickens Museum

Step back in time into a Dickensian Christmas in the home of the author who created the modern concept of Christmas with A Christmas Carol. Each year the museum provides a charming glimpse into how Charles Dickens celebrated the festive season. Wander around the very rooms he lived and worked with a magically festive feel. This Christmas the Holborn museum will be hosting a whole host of events including special Christmas Lates featuring a candlelit bar, as well as readings of A Christmas Carol.

Charles Dickens Museum

Day 10: Step into Christmas at Winter Wonderland

For the fun seekers

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London | Winter Wonderland
Credit: Winter Wonderland

Back for its twelfth year, there is no better place to get into the Christmas spirit than Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Entry is free to the family friendly event where you can enjoy plenty of festive fun and activities, including fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa’s grotto), ice skating, circus shows and a massive Christmas market.

Winter Wonderland London

Day 11: Go Watch a Panto!

For the theatre-goers

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London

Is Christmas even Christmas without a panto? ‘Oh no isn’t!’ You’re completely spoilt for choice in London with Snow White at the Palladium, Aladdin at the Hackney Empire and Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith to name a few. It’s an integral part of the festive calendar, book those tickets.

Timeout – Christmas Pantomimes in London

Day 12: Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square

For the music lovers

London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London
Credit: @mikecleggphotography – Creative Commons Image

In the fortnight leading up to Christmas head to Trafalgar Square to listen to festive songs and carols for free. Each evening from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends more than 40 different carol groups will sing for an hour beneath the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square raising money for voluntary of charity organisations.

Are there any Christmas treats you love experiencing in London. Let me know in the comments box below.

Wishing you all a jolly festive season – Merry Christmas!



London at Christmas | 12 Days of Christmas Experiences in London


  • Bejal 3rd December 2018 at 8:38 am

    I love these London Christmas ideas Sima, obviously I’m up for all the foodie ones!!! The immersive dining experience sounds right up my street!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th December 2018 at 9:51 am

      You must do a funicular production when next in town Bejal. I know you’d love them.

  • binita 3rd December 2018 at 11:24 am

    Fantastic list Sima!! I now need a hot chocolate from Venchi xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th December 2018 at 9:52 am

      In December everyone should have an hot chocolate a day!

  • Laura 3rd December 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Oh so many things to make you full of festive cheer!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th December 2018 at 9:52 am

      I know! I love this time of year.

  • Lara Olivia 4th December 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Great post Sima! Immersive Diners sounds super interesting, I must look into that 😉


    • Sima Sthanakiya 5th December 2018 at 9:53 am

      They’re so good. You must try to go to one.

  • Ayla 5th December 2018 at 1:26 pm

    London is just the best at Christmas time!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 6th December 2018 at 9:45 am

      It sure is…just magic!

  • Aaron (@1dish4the4road) 6th December 2018 at 11:26 am

    Some great ideas and initiatives there, Sima! Thanks for all the tips. Happy Christmas!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 7th December 2018 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Aaron, so glad you enjoyed the read. Merry Christmas to you and yours too x

  • Angie 7th December 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Aw such lovely ideas!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th December 2018 at 11:31 am

      Thanks Angie.

  • Emma 8th December 2018 at 5:34 am

    I LOVE these ideas! Will be sharing to my Facebook page 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the #travellinkup xx

    • Sima Sthanakiya 9th December 2018 at 11:31 am

      Thank you Emma!

  • Keri | Ladies What Travel 10th December 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Ok, the Winter Snowman sounds amazing – as done the winter wonderland ballpit! Man, I do wish I lived closer to London! I went to Ballie Ballerson for my birthday this year and it was such fun. (Yep, big kid!) #TravelLinkUp

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2018 at 6:21 pm

      The ball pit was great. Spent more time in it than I thought I would!

  • Dylan Jones 11th December 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Excellent post Sima, I do love London in December. I am heading across to Winter Wonderland later this week actually.

    • Sima Sthanakiya 11th December 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you! Oh enjoy Dylan. I love Winter Wonderland.

  • Bill Fonda 13th December 2018 at 10:26 pm

    These look … awesome!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 14th December 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks so much Bill!

  • Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays 14th December 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Venchi …. I have to go ASAP and fret how I have not heard of them until now. #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 16th December 2018 at 12:59 pm

      You sure do Catherine. The best chocolate!

  • Zenbabytravel 17th December 2018 at 2:53 pm

    This is such a wonderful collection Sima ❤️ We just revisited this weekend in a long marathon of festivities Covent Garden, the carols in Trafalgar Square and WinterWonderland! The funicular production sounds amazing as well, will see if we manage to squeeze in this year! Feeling very spoilt ! Thank you so much for joining us at #CulturedKids!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 18th December 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Ahh glad you enjoyed lovely. London is the best at Christmas.

  • Kids of the Wild 20th December 2018 at 11:37 am

    I have to say Christmas in London is looking more and more on the cards for me one year, a bit busier than Northumberland but what a great choice of festive activities. Wild wishes for a happy Christmas #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th December 2018 at 11:36 pm

      London is just even more beautiful at Christmas. Hopefully you will experience it soon too. Merry Christmas to you too.

  • Vyki from Museum Mum 20th December 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, those Venchi hot chocolates look delicious! I must try and make the carols at Trafalgar Square too. I’m definitely appreciating London more this Christmas #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th December 2018 at 11:37 pm

      The hot chocolate is just divine, a real treat. London does Christmas so well.

  • Nicky@ Go Live Young 20th December 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Just love this post. Fantastic ideas for Christmas time in London #CulturedKids

    • Sima Sthanakiya 20th December 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Nicky. So many things to do, it was hard narrowing it down.

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