Best Christmas Things to Do in London 2023

Christmas in London is truly a magical experience and is one you shouldn’t miss whether you are a student living in London or just visiting the capital for the holidays. As the days grow shorter and a gentle chill graces the air, London wears its festive attire like no other. 

In this blog, we will unveil the best Christmas things to do in London for 2023. From the iconic Christmas markets to the grandeur of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, this is your ultimate guide to experiencing the Christmas magic in one of the world’s most beloved cities.

Christmas things to do in London 2023

1. Christmas Lights

If you love beautiful Christmas lights (who doesn’t ?), then you are in luck because there are plenty of spots in London where you can go take a look at them.

The Tik-Tok and Instagram famous “Spirit of Lights” is located on Regent Street from November 9th to January 2nd, 2024. You can take a walk across Glasshouse Street, Swallow Street, and glittering Quadrant to enjoy these stunning installations.

You can catch the twinkling stars on Oxford Street. Just like last year this is in partnership with the charity Starlight which aims to help improve young children’s hospital experience. You can donate to Stars of Starlight and with £10, you will be able to improve the hospital experience of a child for the better!

You cannot miss Instagram’s famous Canbary Street lights where you can experience the stunning vibrant colors and light waves while you shop and take a stroll across Cranberry Street. 

You can view the showstopping Christmas lights in London in several other places. Click here to find the full list. 

christmas lights in london you need to see


2. Winter Wonderland

You cannot visit London during Christmas and not go to Winter Wonderland. It should be on the top of your list if you are looking for Christmas things to do!

Located at Hyde Park, this year’s Winter Wonderland is open from November 18 till January 2nd.

They have a variety of different games, stalls, and other attractions that keep you coming back for more.

You can visit the ice rink, explore the magical ice kingdom, and ride several rollercoasters that will give you all the adrenaline rush you need. But that is not all, you can also eat from all the amazing stalls and watch enticing Christmas shows catered to all age groups. 

Each of the attractions is individually priced and you can book them ahead of time depending on a time that works best for you.

Grab your friends and get your tickets starting from £5 and make unforgettable memories at this year’s Winter Wonderland! 

winter wonderland

 3. Ice Skating

Whether you are a newbie or an experienced ice skater, London has something for everyone. 

To have the most memorable Ice Skating experience, head down to Alexandra Place where you can skate to your heart’s content.

While they are open all year long, they do have special events that happen throughout the month of December that really put you in the right mood for Christmas. 

This year, they have a Christmas Ice Disco on December 14th where you can move to beat some amazing Christmas hits on the ice beneath you. How cool is that!

Grab your tickets now to not miss out on this magical experience!

national history museum with ice skating outside


4. Experience The Panto Fun

You cannot miss out on The Panto Fun while you look for the best Christmas things to do in London. 

Starring a talented cast with stars like Jennifer Saunders and Julian Clary, The London Palladium brings you a captivating show on The Peter Pan that runs from 9 December till 14 January!

You can enjoy Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith which is a modern twist on a classic tale that promises laughter and enchantment. With humor, music, and a sprinkle of magic, it’s a Panto filled with surprises that university students are sure to enjoy.

If you prefer Aladdin, then head to the Hackney Empire where you can join Aladdin and his genie for a magical carpet ride in this dazzling production. With stunning sets, vibrant costumes, and catchy songs, it’s a visual feast for the senses. 

Whether you’re a fan of classic tales or crave a contemporary twist, there’s a Panto production to suit every taste and ensure a good time during the holiday season.

Click here to find the full list of Christmas Pantomimes in London this year!

Panto London - Christmas things to do in London 2023


5. Christmas Markets

Visiting the Christmas Markets in London is undoubtedly the most beautiful Christmas activity to do. When in London, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to Christmas markets and every one of them has unique stalls and gifts that you won’t be able to find elsewhere.

You can visit the Leicester Square Christmas market till 7th January and visit the amazing stalls that offer an array of gifts and treats to enjoy.

Head to Kingston Upon Thames Christmas Markets to take a walk under the beautiful lights while enjoying some delicious treats that get you into the festive vibes. 

Winter by the River is another amazing market that is located at London Bridge City for you to browse for unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. 

But these are not all, click here to read a full list of Christmas Markets in London this year.

christmas markets


There are loads of things that you can do in London during Christmas and we have mentioned our favorite 5. 

If you happen to be in London around Christmas time, these are places that you shouldn’t miss. We hope that these places add to your Christmas joy this year and you have an unforgettable Christmas

If you are a student living in London, click here to read our blog on the 8 best brunch spots in London that don’t break the bank.

Let us know what you enjoy most about Christmas in London @_homesforstudents.


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