10 Things to do in London December 2023

Christmas is always a busy time in London. There are many events and plenty to see as central London is dressed up for Christmas with Christmas lights all around the city.
Christmas lights on South Molton Street in Mayfair
Christmas lights on South Molton Street in Mayfair

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of ballet with this captivating adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ timeless children’s story, “The Snowman,” at the Peacock Theatre. Experience the wondrous tale of a young boy who encounters a magical snowman that comes to life before his very eyes. Join them on a mesmerising journey to the enchanting North Pole, where they will embark on a thrilling adventure filled with wonder and joy. Until 30 December

The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House

Experience the enchantment of Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece, “The Nutcracker,” as over 100 ballet dancers and musicians grace the illustrious stage of the London Coliseum. Celebrating its annual comeback, this iconic performance transports you through a magical journey alongside Clara and her beloved Nutcracker doll, encountering a captivating array of characters along the way. 6 December -13 January

The making of The Nutcracker

Embark on a captivating behind-the-scenes journey into the enchanting world of The Nutcracker. Discover the hidden secrets and exquisite craftsmanship that breathe life into this timeless tale. Explore backstage areas typically off-limits to the public, hold iconic props, and capture memories on the famed ‘Bridge of Aspiration’. Indulge in a complimentary drink on a cosy rooftop terrace, and take home a beautifully crafted Nutcracker-themed Christmas tree decoration. 6 December - 5 January 2024

Christmas Sandwich Festival

Covent Garden will be hosting its renowned Christmas Sandwich Festival, spanning from the iconic Market Building to Seven Dials. Many local places have brought a special Christmas version of their sandwiches, with plenty to choose from, from dumplings to Turkey Roasted Toastie. 7 - 17 December

Kingdom Of Winter

Experience festive fun at the Kingdom of Winter in London! This exciting destination at ExCeL London offers a range of attractions, including a winter-themed circus, ice skating, fairground rides, and an ice expedition trail. Enjoy delicious festive food and drink under one roof at the alpine-style Christmas market. 8 December - 7 January

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Experience the enchanting sing-along carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London’s most exquisite venue. Immerse yourself in the melodic wonder of remarkable carols, presented by Jess Gillam and Greg Beardsell, with captivating solo performances by Cleopatra Rey and Zara McFarlane. 16 - 17 and 21-24 December

Christmas with King’s College Choir

A magical Christmas performance at London’s prestigious Barbican Hall features the world-renowned Choir of King’s College. Under the masterful baton of conductor Daniel Hyde and accompanied by the enchanting voices of the Crouch End Festival Chorus, this evening promises to transport you into the heart of the festive season. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and be captivated by the melodic brilliance of Corelli’s Christmas Concerto. 20 December

La La Land: The Orchestral Soundtrack

This Christmas, immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies of NÜWA, a renowned 16-piece orchestra. Witness the awe-inspiring live performance of the full soundtrack from the blockbuster musical La La Land, including iconic songs like ‘Another Day Of Sun’ and ‘City Of Stars’. Prepare to be captivated as the orchestra also indulges you with beloved show tunes from the golden age of the great American songbook by George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Jazz Cafe, Camden, 23 December

Christmas at the Movies at the Cadogan Hall

Enjoy Christmas at the Movies at Cadogan Hall. Get ready to be captivated by the majestic performance of a symphony orchestra as they bring to life the beloved soundtracks from classic festive films such as the heartwarming “It’s a Wonderful Life” and favourites like “Elf” and “Home Alone.” 27 December

New Year’s Eve Thames Cruise with Fireworks on board the Jupiter Clipper

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in London aboard the Jupiter Clipper for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the stunning fireworks display, delightful beverages, live entertainment, and mesmerising city views. Avoid the crowds and toast to the New Year with champagne. 31 December