London acquires a unique sparkle around Christmas time. The weather is frosty, the Christmas lights are twinkling, and families and friends get together to enjoy Christmas shows and warming food.
The centrepiece of London's Christmas spectacle is the giant pine tree – a gift to London from the people of Norway – which is beautifully adorned and set up in Trafalgar Square each year. Singers gather around the tree for special carol services.
There's a wealth of family entertainment, events and activities on offer over the festive season, from temporary ice skating rinks to Santa's grottos and pantomimes.
On Christmas Day, London's hundreds of Christian churches, chapels and cathedrals hold Christmas services, which everyone is welcome to attend. Book into a restaurant for a special Christmas Day lunch, or go on a festive tour.
Find more things to do in London at Christmas.
Holidays and Closures Over Christmas
Christmas Day (25 December) and Boxing Day (26 December) are the one time of the year when London feels quiet.
There is no public transport on Christmas Day and a reduced service on Boxing Day. Most London attractions and shops and many restaurants are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Find more essential information in London, including transport over the festive period.