Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

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Here are our favourite things to do to get you in the Christmas spirit. For a less festive selection see the best things to do in London this weekend.

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Go for a 70s-style Christmas tipple at the Miracle Bar

    This kitsch festive pop-up is reopening for its third year in Covent Garden’s Henrietta Hotel. Hidden on the hotel’s mezzanine floor, the bar is styled as a nostalgic, retro family living room complete with as many Christmas decorations as you could possibly imagine. Festive-themed cocktails such as Bad Santa – mulled wine, port, orange liqueur and Christmas spices – and the SanTaRex (tequila, mint liqueur, cacao blanc, mescal and coconut) are just a few of the novelty drinks available.

    Address: The Miracle Bar, Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH


    When: 3 December — 20 January (excluding 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January)

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Admire the festive lights across London

    One of the bright sides to the increasingly dark winter nights are the twinkling Christmas displays that have popped up around the city. This year London’s lights are dedicated to the NHS and essential workers, as well as to a happier 2021. You’ll find pink neon ‘thank you’ signs on Carnaby Street in collaboration with the Choose Love charity, an installation of 27 LED curtains showing the words of a poem dedicated to London and its hardworking citizens and a giant sustainable terrarium tree in Coal Drops Yard. To get your fix, see our edit of the best Christmas lights in London this year.

    The best Christmas lights in London 2020

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Rooftop skating at Skylight

    East London’s coolest (quite literally, it’s freezing) winter pop-up is coming back post-lockdown. This year, it is expanding beyond the rooftop above Pennington Street’s car park and taking over Tobacco Dock, with Europe’s only real-ice rooftop rink, ice hockey and cosy igloos to keep you entertained after hours, with full Covid-secure protocols in place. When you’re not falling over or tipping back restorative mulled wine, take in the views – the setting here at night is incredible. For more festive skating, see our guide to the best ice skating venues in London By Annabelle Spranklen

    Address: Skylight Rooftop, Pennington Street Car Park Entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF


    When: Tuesday 1 October 2019–Saturday 25 January 2020

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    Get crafty at Petersham Nurseries

    If you’ve ever longed to make your own Christmas wreath and fancy a few hours totally switching off from all things digital, a jolly festive workshop with the pros at Petersham (aka London’s most famous garden centre) should be on the cards, using wild flowers, foraged foliage and woodland materials. Your door is set to be the finest on your street. Classes are held in large, spacious greenhouses and participants are socially distanced in line with government guidelines.

    By Annabelle Spranklen

    Address: Held at both Richmond and Covent Garden stores. Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB and Petersham Nurseries, Floral Court, London WC2E 8JD


    When: Various dates from 7 December 2020

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Nutcracker Delights at the Coliseum

    It’s not really Christmas until the English National Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance tutus its way around the Coliseum – and while traditional performances are temporarily on hold, the Christmas celebration can continue with a specially adapted selection of Nutcracker highlights for socially distanced audiences. Dancers and musicians showcase the Nutcracker’s most popular moments accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s famous score, so get ready to bring in the festive season with Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and plenty of sparkly treats. By Annabelle Spranklen

    Address: The Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES


    When: From 17 December 2020 – 3 January 2021

  • Discover unique gift ideas at the city’s Christmas markets

    2020 is the year Christmas got sustainable with multiple markets across London making it easier than ever to buy thoughtful gifts from local businesses. You’ll find a whole host of smart and sustainable gift ideas at the Greenwich Late Christmas Markets, while London’s Zero Waste Christmas Market will return to the Old Truman Brewery again to host 45 independent and plastic-free traders. Start planning your Christmas shopping with our edit of the best Christmas markets in London.

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Get cosy at a winter terrace

    In between ice skating, shopping and the general chaos that comes with the festive season, one of the best ways to spend Christmas in London is curled up somewhere warm with a glass of mulled wine. And among the many things London does exceptionally well is a cosy winter terrace, from après-ski-style hideaways to rooftop bars that have been transformed into enchanted woods. For more options, see our guide to the best winter terraces in London.

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Christmas at Kew

    Kew Gardens is worth a visit all year round, but it looks more spectacular than ever when it’s all dolled up for its annual winter celebration. Back for the eighth year, the illuminated evening trail through the botanic gardens is brighter than ever, with more than a million twinkling pea-lights in the Tunnel of Light, thousands of laser beams that light up the trees, a dramatic Fire Garden and a stunning light show playing to a festive soundtrack at the Palm House Pond. Wrap up warm and gently stroll along the atmospheric Winter Trail with a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Festive vibes and COVID-friendly practices guaranteed.

    Address: Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB


    When: Friday 4 December 2020 – Sunday 17 January 2021

    Price: Adult tickets from £19.50

  • Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do

    Frolic at Flat Iron Square’s Apres Ski Lodge

    This fun dining destination in London Bridge will be getting a Christmas makeover this winter. There’ll be a recreation of a wooden ski chalet bar serving whisky-based cocktails at the Talisker Cabin in the Woods, superior street food, cocktail-making workshops and festive drinks and nibbles at the Baileys Treat Lodge.

    Address: Flat Iron Square, 64 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU


    When: From 2 December 2020

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