(Closed) Christmas in London

posted 6 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 3
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

When I lived in Scotland I took several trips to London during the holidays and it was amazing. I don’t remember ever having an issue with closures and in fact I visited the EYE (they have ice skating right nearby, tons of fun) and the National Gallery both during one of my trips.

Do a search online for sites like this to see what special events are happening during the holidays, they are sevearl ones to not miss.


Post # 5
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh yes!! I used to live in London. The city’s beautiful during the holidays. I have three major recommendations –

The first is the Christmas markets! We went to the one in Bath but I think there are others. Stalls and stalls of lovely holiday crafts, delicious baked goods, mulled wine…mmm. It gets dark really early over there during the winter (like, 3:30 early) but the market’s especially beautiful with all the Christmas lights, etc.

Second – Lessons and Carols! Not sure if you have any religious affiliation or not but unless you feel very strongly against it, it’s a really beautiful thing. It’s mainly a short “service” called the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and that’s exactly what it is – 9 Christmas related readings from the Bible with carols and songs between each one. That’s it! Some the choir sings, some you sing. It’s Christmas Eve at big cathedrals – we went to Westminster. They fill the church – we sat on the ground – and you just listen in the dim light to the beautiful, beautiful music. The choirs of these cathedrals are just amazing, and of course the acoustics are incredible!. So if you like music I would wholeheartedly recommend it – I want to go back for Christmas just to hear it in person again! It’s done on Christmas Eve.

Ice skating! Depends on where you are, but Hampton Court palace (outside of London) and Somerset House (in London, on the Strand) both get set up with ice rinks in the winter, it’s a beautiful setting. Even if you can’t ice skate (and I can’t!) it’s a lot of fun.

And all the major attractions (at least in London) are definitely not closed. Actually I can’t really think of anything that’s closed then, except for things like outdoor plays at the Globe or Regents’ Open Air Theatre. Plenty to do! Let me know if you have any questions… Fiance and I are going back to London in March and I’m so excited to show him around. 🙂

Post # 6
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I haven’t been to London at Christmastime, but I have lived in England, and spent a Christmas in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  If anything, I think everything is that much more busy there than here in North America.  One of my friends did go to London over Christmas, and she loved it.  She said it was magical, and one of her favourite Christmas experiences – she took in the Nutcracker at one of the theatres, went up on the London Eye, etc.  She did pretty much all of the touristy experiences that she could in a three day visit!  London is one of my favourite cities, and it’s worth a visit!

Post # 8
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am dying to go to London. It sounds amazing. Expensive but amazing!



@Take The Reins: I say go for it!

Post # 10
3784 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

He lies he lies ;-P!! I live in London and there’s so much going on! Christmas lights on Oxford street. New years fireworks on the Thames. Ice skating,. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. All the usual attractions (museums/gallerys/theatre shows)

Post # 11
356 posts
Helper bee

I’m going home (to London) for Christmas and I can’t wait!  I haven’t been back in years, although a Vancouver Christmas is pretty special aswell.  I’m looking forward to midnight mass in a Cathedral, singing hymns (I’m not a practicing Catholic anymore, but it’s still a beautiful thing to be part of), and checking out all the markets!  *eek* I can’t wait, I leave in 11 days!!

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