London in December

Visiting London in


While in December the days get shorter, the weather get colder and the nights get darker. London comes alive with twinkling Christmas lights and special holiday events. No matter how you spend a December day in London, you're guaranteed to find something new and special during your travel. Warm up in one of the traditional pubs, wander through Christmas markets, and enjoy all the beauty that this world capital has to offer during December.

What to expect


  • Average Daytime Temperatures: 44 F (7C)
  • Average Overnight Temperatures: 37 F (3C)
  • Sunny or partly sunny days: 18
  • Rainy days: 13

What to wear

  • Make sure you have a warm coat and winter boots.
  • Be sure to dress in layers with warm boots, mittens and ear muffs
  • Pack your rain gear: an umbrella, a light raincoat and water proof / resistant, comfortable walking shoes.

London Prices in December

London is a busy year-round destination. When visiting London in December keep in mind that hotel prices and airfares are higher than in other months. As this is peak travel time to the city, visitors flood the most popular attractions, and stores get filled with shoppers, so make sure to plan your days out. Book your flights and accommodation in advance for the best prices and save money by booking at the right times. Try to book your accommodation 4 to 6 months in advance.

Planning your trip is a key to a balanced budget, use free online resources like our maps & guide or the itinerary tool, if you are going to visit some iconic attractions, get a sightseeing pass, it will easily save you 50% on regular admission prices – see more

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Getting around

With roughly 30 million travellers per year, London easily ranks as one of the most visited cities on earth. London is easy to navigate, but if you can't walk to your destination there are plenty of options

London Underground

The quickest way to travel around, London's Underground metro system is the oldest and most famous in the world. In total, there are 11 lines on the Tube within nine zones. On most days the London Tube is open between 5AM and 12AM, but there is extended services for Friday and Saturday. Fares vary widely for the London Underground depending on when you're using the service and how far you're going. The easiest way navigate the Tube is to invest in what's known as an Oyster Card. These re-chargeable card can be purchased at any Tube station. Put as much money as you want on your Oyster Card and scan it at the entrance of the Tube station. It’s much cheaper to use than single tube tickets.

Black Cabs - Traditional London taxis

These cabs can easily be found all over central London as well as by major train stations, bus stops, and by Heathrow Airport. Please ensure the yellow "taxi" light in the front of the cab is on when you're trying to hail a vehicle.
All taxicab services in London are metered and there's a £3 minimum charge. While you're not required to tip, it's always welcome, and most Londoners will round up their fare.

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Things to do in December

Check out the following list of ideas for fun things to do in London in December:

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.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace 1
Christmas tree and carols at Trafalgar Square 2
Hogwarts in the Snow 3
 Christmas at Kew 4
 Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park 5
 Winter festival at Southbank Centre 6

Rainy Day Options in London

Tower of London

Learn about the storied history of London with a trip to this epic tower. Visitors will delight in the exhibit of the Royal Family crown jewels, including the Imperial State Crown. The guards of the tower will regale visitors with tales of the bloody history of these times, enchanting everyone who walks through the gates. Visit to the Tower of London is free with the London Sightseeing Pass.

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West End Theatre

taking a West End show will chase away any rainy day blues during your visit to London. It might not be possible to get last minute tickets to every show, but you can find something a couple of hours before the show starts by visiting the Encore Box office. With every sightseeing pass purchased on this site we offer 55 GBP towards your theatre ticket

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London Museums

Your weather app says it’s going to be raining the whole day? Head over to one of the best London Museums or Galleries. Whether your interest is in art, science or history, there’s something for everyone in just about every neighbourhood. Pick from the British Museum, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, the Kensington Museums of Natural History or Science Museum – all offer free entry to the public.

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