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Merry Christmas

Christmas in London 2017

There is always something special about Chris

tmas, and of course also here in London!

If you want to discover a city with holiday spirit, why not go to London. Here you have everything, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, choirs, twinkling Christmas lights, candy stands, ice skating, roasted chestnuts and much more. Here you can hear the famous christmas songs like: "I´m dreaming of a white Christmas", "Jinge Bells" etc.

The English do not celebrate as we do. For us Swedes, everything happens on Christmas Eve - the 24th, but in England everything happens the day after, on the 25th. Remember that most things are closed on the 25th such as shops, museums, tourist offices, etc. On Christmas day you eat dinner with the family and it will likely be "roast turkey with all the trimmings, like stuffing and cranberry sauce" and to that they drink, the "mulled" wine.

A tradition since 1932 is the royal family speech to the nation. On Dec 25th, at 15.00 the Queen gives the speech which is broadcast on television, radio, and the Internet.

Town turns into a magical Christmas city when all the candles are lit in the town from the middle of November. The largest stores around Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street always celebrate the "Christmas Light Ceremony" each year.

Trafalgar Square - Christmas tree lights

Tree lighting: Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 at 6 PM

London gets its big spruce from Norway (Oslo) since England helped during World War II. It is a tradition from 1947. The Christmas tree is shipped over from Norway to England. The Christmas tree is always lit in the evening on the first Thursday in December and remains lit til the night of Twelfth Night of Christmas the following year (usually 5-6 January).

The Christmas tree is usually about 20 feet high and about 50-60 years old. It is decorated in the Norwegian way and has about 500 lights. Lord Mayor of Westminster inaugurates the tree, while a band plays and choirs singing.

At the bottom front of the tree reads:
This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45

More information about Christmas on Trafalgar Square can be found here »
Julgran på Trafalgar Square
Christmas songs: All days, Dec 11 - 22, (not Dec 12 and 16 dec 2017) . Christmas carols is sung by various choirs. The choirs sings 4-8pm on weekdays, and from 2-6pm at weekends.
Crib ceremony: Dec 10, 2017 at 5.30 PM
Join a special blessing of the crib ceremony. The crib will be on display til the end of December

See London in Christmas lights on a bus
Busstur i London juldagen London during the evening by bus
Approx 1.5 hour (All year)

A must if you are visiting London during Christmas. Sit back and relax on this bus tour that takes you around London in the evening when everything is lit in nice Christmas lights. You will see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Tragalgar Square, London Eye and Big Ben and lots of other beautiful places.

Departs from: Green Stop bredvid Ritz Hotel i Piccadilly: 150 Piccadilly London

Boka kvällstur med buss under Jul »

Shopping is also fun during Christmas!

Of course, do not miss all the stores and their wonderful decoration. The lights begin to light up in the middle of November. Walking on Oxford Street, Regent Street and why not Bond Street. The Lights on Carnaby Street is also well known. The largest sale is of course after Christmas, the big stores usually start the day after Christmas Day (Boxing Day Dec 26th). Be prepared to queue!
More London Shopping »

  Here you will find some tip on stores to do some window shopping or why not buy some for real.

Hamley´s - 196 Regent Street
Selfridges & Co - 400 Oxford Street
Primark - 499 Oxford Street
Mark & Spencer - 173 Oxford St mfl.
Harrods - 87-135 Brompton Rd
Hemleys Selfridges & Co Primark Mark & Spencer Harrods
Opening hours Opening hours Opening hours Opening hours Closed on Dec 25

Double Decker Bus Tour on Christmas Day in London
Busstur i London juldagen Vintage Double-Decker Bus Tour on Christmas Day in London
Approx 3,5 hours (Dec 25, 2017)

A bus ride on Christmas Day in London is a good start in the morning. Take a seat and go for a ride on the beautiful double-decked bus. You pass many famous sights such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and at the end you go towards Towern. The tour ends at Victoria Station Station.

Pickup at most central hotels.

Buy ticket to Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour in London »

Tickets Christmas Events in London
Christmas Lights och Marknader i London London 5 rätters jullunch The Making of Harry Potter
Christmas Lights and Markets Tour with a local guide approx 2 hours (Nov 22 & Dec 23 2017)
Departs at 5 PM
At the end of November and a bit in December you can see Christmas lights and other sights on this trip. From Covent Garden to Sout Bank, the market in Leicester Square and Trafalqar Square.
London 5-course Medieval Christmas Banquet (Lunch)
Approx 4 hours (Thursday & Fridays in Dec 2017
Start at noon and the show at 1 PM
In a few days in December you can experience a "royal" dinner with Henrik VIII and his guests. It will be a 5-course dinner with entertainment. Includes dinner and a half bottle of wine.

Hogwarts in the Snow
(Nov 18 - Jan 28, 2018) - Popuar!
Make a visit to The School of Harry Potters during Christmas
Go and see where the famous Harry Potter movies were recorded. Really nice during Christmas. Christmas 2017 continues the successes of last year: "Hogwarts in the Snow". See Christmas trees in the Grand hall, Gryffindor's common room dressed for the season and snow covering the majestic Hogwarts Palace's model.

Book Christmas och Markets Tour with a local guide » Book 5-course Medieval Christmas Banquet (Lunch) » Boka Hogwarts in the Snow »

Book a London hotel. Make reservation to a London hotel this Christmas:

The Grand at Trafalgar Square Dukes Hotel
The Trafalgar Hilton Le Meridien Piccadilly
Strand Palace Hotel Radisson Edwardian Hampshire
The Cavendish London Westbury Mayfair

There is much to do in London during Christmas!

Why not skate on one of the ten ice rinks, walk to Hyde Park and see the crazy swim in the icy water, watch the big Christmas trees in various locations in London and of course, go window shopping at Hamley's, Selfridges, Primark or Mark and Spencer. If you are here for a few days you might have time for a Christmas show or go on a walking-tour. Do you want to hear Christmas music, visit Trafalqar Square, St Pauls Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. Take the kids to Santa Claus sitting in the various "grottos" at different department stores, or why not study the "pudding race."

Yes ! You have a lot to choose from ... below, we give you some tips.

Christmas Special - Don´t miss!
Alladin Jul The Nutcracker The Snowman Cinderella Christmas Show
- March 24 2018
The Nutckracker
5 dec - 10 jan 2018
The Snowman
Nov 23 - Dec -31, 2017
Dec 9 2017- Jan 27,2018
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton Street, London
Royal Opera House
Bow Street, London
Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street
Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue, London
Tickets » Tickets » Tickets » Tickets »
Slava's Snowshow The Showstoppers The Woman in White Disney On Ice
Slava's Snowshow
18 dec - 4 Jan 2018
The Showstoppers
16 - 30 dec 2017
The Woman in White
20 Nov - 10 Feb 2018
Disney On Ice
20 - 30 Dec 2017
Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road, London
Leicester Square
Leicester Square, London
Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
The O2 Arena
Peninsula Square, London
Tickets » Tickets » Tickets » Tickets »
More musicals and shows in London »

Some tips about Christmas activities in London!
Hamleys Toy Parade Christmas
Hamleys Toy Parade
19 nov 2017 at 10.30 AM

For the third year in a row there will be toy parade in London.
Hamleys started with his toy parade in 2015 and there was great interest. The parade was carried out when Hemleys celebrated 255 years 2015.

The parade will go again this year. This year, Barbie, Bing and Flop, Fireman Sam, Peppa Pig, Optimus Prime, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, the Ghostbusters and Bob the Builder and others.

The parade runs at London's Regent Street and ends at the store Hamleys.

Hamley´s »

The Christmas Pudding Race
The Christmas Pudding Race
Dec 2 2017, 2017 at 11AM

The Covent Garden Christmas Pudding Race is an annual event since 1980 which runs to raise money for cancer research. Meanwhile, it is a fun day for all. Participants dress up in fun colorful clothes and they run a fun track while carrying a tray with a Christmas pudding. It will be fun to see how many people have their pudding left when they arrive at the finish line. Every year, they usually raise about £ 20,000 that is donated to cancer research.

The race is held at the Covent Garden Piazza.

The Christmas Pudding Race »

Wintermarket Southbank Centre
Christmas market at Southbank Centre
1 dec 2017 - 2 jan 2018
This year, it will be magnificent with the Southbank Center Winter Festival. There will be an outdoor winter market at Southbank next to the River Thames. Here you can shop for crafts and good food and of course drink mulled wines and much more.

Christmas Market at Southbank »
Peter Pan Christmas Race
Peter Pan Christmas Race
Christmas morning at 9 am. The race has been going on since 1864

Here you see members of the "Serpentine Swimming Club" swim a race in the lake in Hyde Park. The lake is located next to the Serpentine Cafe (the old pavilion). Most have different hats on when they swim. Not just anyone can swim you must be a member of the swimming club. Do you want to swim, do not forget to sign up before you jump in. If you do not want to swim yourself you can always go and look, do not forget warm clothes if it's cold. The Swim is 90 feet in cold water.

More info: Serpentine Swimming Club »

Santa Claus Jultomten
Santa Claus at various department stores
Of course, children can visit the various stores and tell Santa their wishes. This year Santa will arrive to Harrods,17 nov - 23 Dec 2017. It looks like you must be a member.

Selfridgeshas already opened its Christmas sales on the 4th floor Here you can find an entire floor with just the Christmas stuff. You can buy Christmas stuff already from 1 August every year. They will expand with more Christmas decorations throughout the year. Do not miss this. Santa Claus will also show up when it is approaching December.

Hamley´s end of - Dec 24, 2017,, you can eat breakfast, brunch, lunch with the Santa if you like! (you will need to book tickets and pay for the visit.) Do not miss their Toy Parade on
November 19, 2017.

You can also find Santa at Kew Garden, Canary Warf and at the London Dungeon.
Hemley´s &  Mark & Spencer
Christmas Window
As always you have to go past the beautiful windows and see what the department stores have made up this year. Above you see some nice windows from Hemlyes and Mark & Spencers.
The Carnaby Christmas Shopping Evening

The Carnaby Christmas Shopping Evening
Torsdagen Nov 9 , 2017, at 5-9 PM

Come and shop for salse, 20% of the price. Here you can shop for brands like Fred Perry, American Apparel, Diesel, Boss Orange, All Saints, Cowshed, Dahlia, Beyond the Valley, etc. While you shop you can listen to music and have a chance to win prizes.

The area around Carnaby Street is lit up with Christmas lights already from mid November to around January 3 usually much appreciated!

Carnaby »

Westfield Shooping Area
Westfield shopping
Open to 10 PM every day except on Sundays.

Do you want to shop for Christmas gifts can be a tip just to take you to the Westfield Shopping area. A huge area with shops of all kinds. There are over 255 shops. Some of the shops are All Saints, Apple, Bershka, Boots, Bose, Coast, Cotton On (includes RUBI and Factorie), Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Dwell, Early Learning Centre, Ernest Jones, French Connection, Gerry Weber, Hackett, HMV, Hollister Co, House of Fraser, H.Samuel, Jaeger, Kurt Geiger, Lego, Mamas & Papas, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Next, Nomination, Oakley, Reiss, River Island, schuh, Starbucks Coffee, Topshop mfl.

Take the tub to Shepard´s Bush or White City.

Westfield Shopping »
Winterwonderland Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Nov 17, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 (kl. 10 AM -10 PM). Closed Dec 25.

Hyde Park is transformed into a winter wonderland and here you can enjoy all that Christmas has to offer. There are bars, cafés and restaurants and of course a hot drinks to warm yourself. There is also a large Christmas market. You can skate. You can go into the Magical Ice Kingdom that is a world of ice and snow with amazing ice sculptures. Meet Santa in Santa Land and play. Yes there are plenty.

Winter Wonderland »

Christmas at Kew Garden
Christmas at Kew Garden
Nov 22, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 (Closed 27,28 and Dec 4,5, 11,12 & 25)

Cozy up in Kew Garden with all the candles, the children - meet Santa Claus, ride carousel, get a face painting etc. Don´t miss the illuminated trail which is an illuminated promenade with Christmas lights in trees and fontains. Very beautiful. Visit the Orangery and learn more about the spices used in typical Christmas baking!

Children under 17 enter for free with an adult.
Kew Garden»

Buy entry tickets to Kew Garden »
Winterville on Clapham Common in London
Winterville on Clapham Common
Nov 23, 2017 - Dec 24, 2017

Enter into Winterville at Clapham Common. Here you can visit various attractions, such as a large outdoor skating rink, a big wheel where you get panoramic views of the city, shop for good food, buy Christmas presents, etc.

New Year´s Day Parade
New Year's Day Parade - LNYDP 2017
1 jan 2018 at 12.00 noon

Celebrate the new year by checking out London's major New Year's Day Parade. The Participants can be up to 10.000 in the parade and they come from all over the world and now it is so popular that millions follow it on TV and almost all Londoners takes to the streets to see the parade. The first time it was held was in 1987 and then with about 2,000 participants. The parade is filled with musicians, acrobats, cheerleaders, dancers, artists, etc.

The parade starts at Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street (near Green Park Tube station) at. 12 noon. The parade ends at Parliament Square at. 3.30 pm. The route: Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.

London New Year Day Parade »

London Dungeon biljetter Christmas at The London Dungeon
4 dec - 4 jan 2018

During December it will even more scary at the Dungeon. Do you dare?


Buy London Dungeon tickets »

Beautiful Christmas lights in London
During November many streets and houses are lit up in beautiful Christmas lights. Here is a few.

Oxford Street Carnaby Street Covent Garden
Oxford Street
Tänds 7 nov 2017
Carnaby Street
Tända till 5 jan 2018
Covent Garden
Tänds 14 nov 2017
Marylebone Regent Street Harrods
Tänds 15 nov 2017
Regent Street
Tänds 16 nov 2017
Början på november 2017
Images from Harrods images: By Diliff - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

St Pauls Cathedral London St Martin in the Fields Royal Albert Hall i London.
Christmas music Christmas songs Christmas concert

St Pauls Cathedral

From the end of November the Christmas carols is sung in St Paul's Cathedral. Different appearances on different days. A midnight mass is held on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).

Time: End of Nov - Dec 24

(239 Selby Avenue)

St Martin in the Fields

Listen to Christmas carols and concerts in the church of St. Martin at Trafalgar Square. A midnight mass is held on Christmas Eve (Dec 24).

(north eastern corner of
Trafalgar Square )

Royal Albert Hall

Would you like to go on a concert you can visit the Royal Albert Hall. Here you can listen to choirs and various performances.

Start: End of Nov and forward

(Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London)

Tickets to Royal Albert Hall »

Go on a Musical in London!
Lion King
Lion King
Book to March 25, 2018
21 Wellington Street, London
Lion King Tickets
School of Rock London
New London Theatre
Bokning fram till 13 Jan 2019
166 Drury Lane
School of Rock
Mamma Mia London
Novello Theatre
- March 3, 2018
5 Aldwych, London
Mamma Mia biljetter
Queen's Theatre
- March 3, 2018
51 Shaftesbury Avenue
Les Miserables Tickets
More musicals in London »

Ice skating at several places in London!

Why not rent a pair of skates and hit the ice. Many of the places where you can go skating are located at known locations, such as The Tower of London, Somerset House, Alexandra Palace, Hampton Court Palace and The Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink Somerset House Ice Rink Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Tower of London Ice Rink Hampton Court Palace Rink
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
26 okt - 7 Jan 2018 (Closed Dec 25)
Somerset House Rink
15 Nov -14 Jan 2018(Closed Dec 25)

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
17 Nov 2017 - 1 jan 2018
(Closed Dec 25)
Tower of London Ice Rink
17 nov - 2 jan 2018
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
24 nov - 7 jan 2018.(Closed Dec 25)
Kew Garden Ice Rink Canary Warf Ice London Eye Ice Rink Alexandra Palace Ice Rink Broadgate Ice Rink
Kew Garden Ice
22 Nov 2017 - 1 Jan 2018

Canary Warf Ice
4 nov - 24 feb 2018 (Closed Dec 25)

London Eye Ice Rink
not opened this year
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Open: All year but not Dec 25-26
Broadgate Ice Rink

nov - jan 2018.(Closed Dec 25)

Book Afternoon Tea during Christmas
Afternoon Hotel a the Millennium Hotel in London Afternoon Tea at the Rubens at Palace Hotel River cruise with afternoon tea
Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair

Afternoon Tea (approx 3 hoursr)
The Millennium Hotel Mayfair is very close to various London's landmarks, such as the British Museum, Madame Tussaud's and National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Situated in an impressive 18th-century London mansion overlooking Grosvenor Square Gardens, the hotel is in the heart of fashionable Mayfair. Enjoy scones, sandwiches, tea etc.
Afternon Tea at Waldorf Hilton Hotel Champagne Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea (approx 3 hors)
Set in the heart of London's theater land, close to Covent Garden, the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Enjoy a Afternoon Tea with champagne at London´s Waldord Hiltonn Hotel. What about finger sandwiches, homemade cockies, tea, scones etc.
Afternoon Tea Cruise on the River Thames

Afternoon Tea (1,5 hours)
Combine a small afternoon river cruise with afternoon tea. On the tour you will pass the Shard, London Eye and Parliament Houses. Enjoy tea, coffee, sandwiches, scones and cookies on your trip.

Departs from Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment
Book Afternoon Tea at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair » Book Afternon Tea at at Waldorf Hilton Hotel » Book Afternoon Tea on the river Thames »

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Ticket Legoland Windsor during Christmas. Meet Santa Claus
Legoland Windsor Resort London Ultimate LEGO® Christmas vid LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
Dec 2 - 24, 2017 (only Saturday and Sundays from Dec 18 the whole week)

Go to LEGO in December when Santa Claus is there. The park will glitter like never before. It will be the LEGO Christmas tree that is 8 meters high, you can build with Lego yourself, LEGO hunting. The biggest event is when the children can meet LEGO Santa where each child receives a LEGO gift.

The park is not far from Windsor Castle and opened in 1996. Open from March - Oct (closed in Nov) and during Christmas in December. Buy a ticket before you go there to avoid standing in long queues.

Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire (approx 40km west of London)
Getting here:
By train: approx 30-40 min from Paddington Station. Get off at station: Windsor & Eton Central. A shuttle bus run from the train station to Legoland (Fee applies)
By bus: approx 1.5 hours from Victoria Station.
Buy Christmas at LEGOLAND tickets »

Christmas markets in London
On several places in London you can go Christmas shopping at local Christmas markets. Here are a few.

Leicester Square Kingston Christmas Market Christmas by the River
Leicester Square
11 nov - 8 jan 2018
Kingston Christmas Market
16 nov - 31 dec 2017
Christmas by the River
30 nov - 3 jan 2018
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London Dungeon , London
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