Fun Christmas Highlights in London 2022
A Comprehensive Guide to the Top 72 Fun & Magical Christmas Highlights in London
Last Updated on November 28, 2022.
Here is an overview of the Awesome Top 72 Fun and Magical Christmas Highlights in London for you:
1 | The Best Dazzling Christmas Lights in London 2022;
2 | Christmas Highlights at London’s Popular Attractions;
3 | Food Experiences in London at Christmas;
4 | Fun Family Activities at Christmas in London;
5 | Top Christmas Markets Not to Miss;
6 | Soak up the Festive Vibes at these Christmas Highlights in London;
7 | Magnificent Christmas Shopping Highlights;
8 | Watch a Festive Film or Visit a Filming Location;
9 | Immerse in a London Christmas Musical;
10 | Ice-skating at Christmas in London;
11 | Go Somewhere New for the Festive Season;
12 | Treat Yourself to a Special Evening;
13 | Stay in London and Experience the Buzz of the City.
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Experience London like never before with these Magical Christmas highlights in London
1 | The best dazzling London Christmas Lights 2022
1 | Immerse in the kaleidoscope of shimmering neon fluttering butterflies exemplifying transformation, change and hope at Carnaby Street.
2 | Don’t forget to look up when at Regent Street! You will be totally enchanted with the 300,000 lights as the angels glow across the street!
3 | Marvel at one of London’s premier shopping area at Oxford Street as it glows amidst the famous brands.
4 | When shopping in London, venture to the revered Bond Street. Experience the spectacular display of lights by some of the renowned brands. Tiffany’s, Cartier, and Mulberry are just a few of the unmissable displays that must be experienced.
5 | The magical Christmas highlights in London’s South Molton Street is also a must-see. Those blue arches of bright lights are completely captivating against the darkness of the skies.
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6 | More glorious Christmas lights awaits those who make their way to Chelsea. The Duke of York Square is wonderfully dressed in festive lights.
7 | Be dazzled by the twinkling Christmas highlights at the quaint streets of Seven Dials. Enjoy the array of shops, restaurants and bars.
8 | Christmas highlights in London is never complete without a visit to the infamous Covent Garden. Its spectacular 16.7m/55 feet Christmas tree in the centre of the piazza, all dazzled up offer a perfect photo backdrop.
9 | All throughout London, you will see Christmas trees decked in lights but there is One that you should not miss! Head to Trafalgar Square to see the magnificent Norwegian spruce in the centre of the Square. This 25m/82ft is decorated in Norwegian splendour of vertical strings of lights.
11 | Head a little out of town to Wembley Park, home to the iconic Wembley Stadium. The annual Winterfest at Wembley Park showcases light and art installations across the area.
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2 | Experience Christmas highlights in London at London’s popular attractions
In addition to the stunning Christmas lights around the City of London, there are also venues and activities across the metropolis and nearby that are iconic, and magical at this festive time. The following are highly recommended and are totally unmissable events, activities and Christmas highlights in London to get into.
2.1 | Go on a fun and festive cruise
3 | Food experiences in London at Christmas
The food scenes are an absolute Christmas highlights in London!
24 | Visit the historic Chinatown next to theatreland and click-away some striking and vibrant photos. You may find some restaurants are open on Christmas Day.
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4 | Highly recommended activities for fun family Christmas in London
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5 | Highlights of Christmas Markets in London …
35 | Pop in at Leicester Square Christmas market to pay Santa a visit and to tuck into food or drink. There is a good selection of crafts that make ideal gifts for friends and family. November 9, 2022 to January 7, 2023.
37 | You are sure to find Christmas at Selfridges fascinating! A destination for perfect festive gifts, decorations or a great selection of festive food.
Southbank, London Bridge and Borough Market also gets festive
38 | With stunning views of the exemplary Tower Bridge, Tower of London and London’s skyline, Christmas by the River returns this year at Southbank and London Bridge. Along with extended hours at Borough Market, you shall find stalls decorated with twinkly lights and tinsels, offering their daily selections as well as the festive additions. The Winter Festival at Southbank is from Nov 3, 2022 to Jan 8, 2023.
6 | Soak up the festive vibes at these Christmas highlights in London …
40 | Witness the dramatic lighting of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square on Dec 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
41 | Sing-a-long to carols and festive songs under the magnificent Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. More than 40 groups perform each year for an hour each in the run-up to Christmas. This takes place in December but exact dates are not published yet.
42 | Be part of a unique experience at Trafalgar Square! Celebrate the lighting of the Norwegian Christmas Tree along with candlelight, carol singing and Christmas readings.
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44 | For that special warm and fuzzy Christmassy feeling, head to Battersea Carols. The Battersea Christmas Carols Concert is very special as you will be welcomed by a special guard of honour formed by the Battersea Dogs. Money raised goes towards work carried out by Battersea for dogs and cats. You could enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and purchase gifts. Takes place at St Luke’s & Christ Church, Chelsea at 7 p.m. on Dec 2, and Dec 9 2022. Ticketed event.
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46 | One of my favourite places to experience Advent is at Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. This London landmark hosts free carol concerts throughout Advent. A great experience for everyone but you do need to get there early! From Dec 1, 2022 to Dec 31, 2022
7 | Explore some of the magnificent Christmas shopping highlights in London
47 | Be dazzled with some of London’s splendid departmental stores. Head to Selfridges, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods where you can go crazy in their dedicated Christmas shop, or shop for gourmet Christmas treats and hampers.
48 | Visit London’s most famous shopping destination at West End. You will find most flagship stores on Oxford Street, Bond Street for opulence and sophistication at Regent Street.
52 | When exploring all the above mentioned shops, spend some time as well to admire and click-away the spectacular window displays. Some of these displays takes imagination to a whole new level!
8 | Watch a festive film or visit filming locations this Christmas in London
54 | Sing along to popular musicals at The Prince Charles Cinema. One of Londoner’s favourite independent cinema, The Prince Charles is tucked away behind Leicester Square and offer tickets at reasonable prices.
56 | For a truly vivid experience in a historic cinema, head to Regent Street Cinema, “the birthplace of British cinema”.
8.1 | How about film locations walking tour?
If you want to give cinemas a miss this year, go on a walking tour of film locations instead. We recommend the following:
9 | Immerse in a London Christmas musical
10 | Ice-skating at Christmas in London
There is something very special about ice-skating and creating unforgettable memories amidst beautiful surroundings.
63 | The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink offer a Christmassy experience like none other amidst the magnificent backdrop of the King Henry VIII’s castle. While here, you may wish to visit the Hampton Court Castle and its immaculate gardens as well.
64 | Show off your skills and glide across the 18th century courtyard at Somerset House and immerse in truly festive vibes.
11 | Go Somewhere new for the festive season
Do something different and begin a new Christmas tradition. How about venturing to the English countryside on a day trip from London during this festive season?
12 | Treat yourself to a Special Evening
13 | Stay in London and experience the buzz of the City
London is enormous! Finding a place to stay could be a task as London’s best attractions are dotted throughout the city. In addition, it could be expensive as well during the festive season. Nevertheless, it all depends on one’s budget and what you wish to experience. Here are just a few suggestions for you to consider:
71 | For fabulous Christmas highlights in London, stay at the Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensington for a remarkable stay. Located in the heart of Kensington, this accommodation is within a few minutes walk of Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Royal Albert Hall. It has easy connections to London Underground to get you to places or hail a bus for that quintessential London experience. Alternatively, the London taxis are at your disposal, just ask the Concierge to get you one.
My thoughts …
London is a great city to experience at any time of the year but it is especially fun, magical and festive at Christmas. While there are so many things to do in London as one could imagine, the city is alive with Christmas lights, festive markets, iconic attractions, and ice skating. The music, wonders of the museums, cinemas, theatres and the fabulous array of shopping arcades are special at this time of year also. The mouth-watering international food scene is undeniably an unmissable experience in London.
My sincere wish is for this article on the top 72 Christmas highlights in London to be a valuable guide in your plans to experience London at Christmas and at any time of the year.
What do you think …
It’s your turn 🙂 What do you think? Are the suggestions on this article valuable to you in planning and experiencing a magical, fun and festive Christmas in London? Have I missed any that you would like included here? Do let me know and I shall gladly include then as Reader Recommendation.
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“Fun Magical Christmas Highlights in London: Top 72 tThings to do in London” was first published at timelesstravelsteps.com in November 2021.
This article is regularly edited and updated. Last update was on November 28, 2022