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Best things to do on Christmas Eve in London

Experience some of the best Christmas Eve activities London has to offer, from festive shows and sightseeing tours to Christmas markets and ice rinks.

There's only one sleep left until Christmas! While waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus, tick off some of the best things to do in London on Christmas Eve. 

Before heading out, make sure to check direct with the venue for information about special safety measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, including advanced booking and tickets, limited capacity and reduced opening hours. 

Many Christmas Eve in London activities are yet to be confirmed – check back later in the year for confirmed details of the top things to do Christmas Eve in 2020

Christmas Eve tours of London

Experience all the festive feels during a Christmas Eve tour of London:

Christmas shows in London

Some of London’s theatres are treating audiences to a show, musical or pantomime the day before Christmas, most of which are matinee performances:

  • Laugh your way into Christmas with The Play That Goes Wrong.
  • Grab a seat and find out why Everybody's Talking about Jamie during this smash-hit West End show on Christmas Eve. 
  • Be part of the socially distanced audience as Henry VIII's wives take to the stage and tell their side of the story with Six
  • Watch an enchanting performance of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. 

Christmas ice skating in London

Go for a twirl on one of London’s top ice skating rinks this Christmas Eve: 

Christmas things to do in London

Soak up the seasonal atmosphere before the big day, from twinkling lights and dazzling trees to Christmas markets in London: 

London Christmas carols and concerts

Make the most of your London Christmas break with a carol concert or a traditional service – check back later for confirmed concerts and carols on Christmas Eve. 

Last-minute London Christmas shopping

Don't panic! Head to some of the best places for Christmas shopping in London to pick up any last-minute gifts:  

London Christmas Eve dinner and drinks 

Toast to the festive season in a lively bar or enjoy a pre-Christmas dinner out in London:

  • Get Christmas off to a cracking start with a Christmas Eve meal at one of London's top restaurants.
  • Treat yourself to sumptuous food from a Michelin-starred restaurant, a feast created by a celebrity chef or a dinner at one of London's most romantic restaurants.
  • Continue the festivities with a drink and stunning view at one of London's rooftop bars.
  • Snuggle up in front of an open fire in one of London's cosiest pubs.

Find the latest coronavirus guidance and regulations for restaurants, bars and pubs in London.

Christmas Eve at home activities

If you're not able to get out and about in London on Christmas Eve, check out our guide to enjoying the capital from your couch, from online shows and events, to virtual tours and festive activities for kids. 

Check back nearer the time for confirmed online Christmas Eve events and activities.

Travelling around London on Christmas Eve

There are usually changes to some public transport services on Christmas Eve, so make sure to check your route before travelling. Alternatively, get around the city on two wheels by hiring a Santander Cycles bike or opt to walk between places you're visiting, where possible. 

On the Tube, some services are reduced during the afternoon and evening; while on buses, there is no night service.

Travel on the London Overground, DLR, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, National Rail, Gatwick Express, trams and coaches is also affected during Christmas in London. 

Make sure to follow the latest coronavirus guidelines when exploring London on Christmas Eve, including wearing a face covering when using public transport, taxis and private-hire vehicles. 

Find more information about transport over the festive season or visit the Transport for London website.

What is there to do in London on Christmas Day?

From festive cruises, wintry walks and traditional church services, to Christmas dinners and London pubs, plan your Christmas Day in London.

Check out more things to do in London during Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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