1. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
One fascination that is not to be missed is the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It takes place outside Buckingham Palace, begins at 10:45 AM and lasts around 45 minutes (handover takes place at 11:00 AM). You can join the Change of the Guard walking tour to learn much more about this ceremony.
2. Christmas tree and carols at Trafalgar Square
Feel the magic of Christmas in London. Enjoy this special time watching the legendary Norwegian Christmas tree twinkle with thousands of lights. The Christmas tree is donated to Britain by Norway and has been every year since 1947. Sing along to carols during the countdown to Christmas. There is no better way to fully experience Christmas. One of the best aspects: it is free to attend.
3.Hogwarts in the Snow
Experience winter at Hogwarts when you explore the Warner Bros. studio in London. As one of the most popular holiday attractions in London, Hogwarts in the Snow features the Great Hall lined with Christmas trees and long tables laid out with flaming Christmas pudding and other delicacies. You will even see a snow filled Yule Ball and an orchestra that uses magical instruments.
4. Christmas at Kews
When you're looking for things to do when you visit London, consider experiencing Christmas at Kew Gardens. Set in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, Christmas at Kew features a mile long trail with over one-million lights. The spectacular display of lights also includes live performances along with sculptures in the fire garden, the Laser Garden, and a lake filled with more than 300 sparkling origami boats. The main feature of Christmas at Kew is the Cathedral of Light tunnel that extends over 100 meters.
5. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Parks
Visit one of the most famous parks in London when you experience Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Filled with family shows, ice skating, and plenty of exciting fair rides, the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a great place for families to enjoy. Winter Wonderland also has the Magical Ice Kingdom's Secret Forest, along with Ice Sculpting workshops, shows like Peter Pan on Ice, and the Giant Observation Wheel, an icon of Hyde Park.
6. Winter festival at Southbank Centres
During the holiday season, the Southbank Centre becomes transformed into a Winter festival where plenty of seasonal markets, shows, and entertainment venues line the banks of the famous Thames River of London. You will discover lots of holiday gift ideas, along with plenty of delicious treats and steaming hot drinks to keep you warm while you enjoy the festival.