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Things to do in London this weekend

A man dressed in a Santa outfit holding a sack, in a London Tube.
Santa at the London Transport Museum. Image courtesy of the London Transport Museum.
Find out what’s on in London this weekend with our guide to unmissable events.

Fill your London weekend with lots of cool things to do, from illuminated events, to Christmas concerts, fun family activities and more.

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Things to do in London this Friday

Forest Uprising at Leyton Sports Ground

A linear light beam in the middle of the lake in a dark forest, as part of Forest Uprising.

Wander Forest Uprising, an illuminated forest exhibition shining light on an alternative reality at Leyton Sports Ground this weekend. Stop by this unique, free event taking place throughout the weekend, as part of Waltham Forest's year in the spotlight as the Mayor of London's first London Borough of Culture.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters at National Portrait Gallery

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves... Never mind the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the untold stories of 12 women behind the Pre-Raphaelite art movement are put into focus at the National Portrait Gallery. Find unseen works from private collections and journey through this trail of late 19th-century portraits.

Meet Santa at the London Transport Museum

A man dressed in a Santa outfit holding a sack, in a London Tube.

Santa’s swapped his sleigh for a cosier spot at the London Transport Museum (we don’t blame him!). Find him among the vintage vehicles and tell him all your Christmas wishes before he takes off for his world tour! Don’t miss out on the craft decoration workshops, where you’ll make bits and bobs worthy of your Christmas tree.

Things to do in London this Saturday

Greenwich Circus Festival at the AirCraft Circus Academy

A man hanging on a trapeze during a circus performance at the Greenwich Circus Festival.

Don’t just admire astonishing circus tricks, be a part of the show this weekend at the Greenwich Circus Festival. Warm up your limbs for twists and turns on the trapeze, have a go at juggling and finish it off with a show from the AirCraft Circus Academy, followed by a cheeky afterparty. What’s the best thing about it? You don’t need to be little to join in on the fun!

Hackney's Christmas Market on Bohemia Place

With more than 50 stalls filled with sustainable produce, you’re bound to get plenty of items ticked off your Christmas shopping list at The Hackney Christmas Market. Head down to Bohemia Place this weekend to browse, have a fill of foodie treats and even learn something new, such as making your own essential oils or recycled crackers.

24/7 Exhibition at Somerset House

A girl at an exhibition, looking sideways, with lights resembling words on her face.

Take a step back from the overwhelming world of social media and hectic modern life, and hide away at Somerset House’s immersive 24/7 Exhibition. Explore five sense-stimulating zones, as you bathe in the blue glow of LED countdowns, delve into the effects of six months without the internet and study mind-feeding exhibits.

What to do in London on Sunday

Nativity! The Musical at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

Children wearing school uniforms dancing on stage during Nativity! The Musical.

See Sharon Osbourne, Danny Dyer and Love Island’s Dani Dyer star in a musical take on the nativity story this weekend. Follow a group of St Benadettes’ pupils in Nativity! The Musical at Eventim Apollo, as they attempt their version of the biblical tale – but will their talents be enough to woo a Hollywood producer? Book tickets to Nativity! The Musical at Eventim Apollo now.

Luna Cinema Presents: Love Actually at Kensington Palace

A classic Christmas movie, a winter warmer and a comfy, cosy sofa… this snuggly combination is nailed by The Luna Winter Cinema. Watch festive cult classic Love Actually in the grounds of Kensington Palace this Sunday or check out other movies screened throughout the month. Book Luna Winter Cinema tickets now.

Christmas concerts at Southbank and City of London

The Philharmonia Orchestra performing a Christmas concert, with two Christmas trees on the left and right hand-side of the photo.

Sunday evenings usually mean thoughts of work the next day, but that doesn’t mean they should end on a low note. Not if you’re at a Christmas concert, that’s for sure. Fill your Sunday with festive vibes as you sit back at Philharmonia Orchestra’s Grand Christmas Classics at Royal Festival Hall or LSO Brass and Choir ensemble’s A Choral Christmas at the Barbican.

Best London offers this weekend

Steal great deals on top attractions, theatre shows, hotels, restaurants and more with our pick of special offers in London this weekend.  

Christmas Lights London by Night Tour: See London dressed in its winter best aboard a guided bus tour with a 15% discount. Book Christmas Lights London by Night Tour now. 

The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit: 25% off tickets for adults and 10% off for children for travel date up to 31 March 2020, when booked by 21 December. Book tickets for The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit now.

White Christmas: No booking fee on performances until 20 December. Excludes Saturday matinee. Book Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tickets now.

Ghost Stories: Reduced price tickets to Ghost Stories for Monday to Saturday performances until 4 January 2020. Book Ghost Stories tickets now.

Seeking more inspiration? Discover more events in London this weekend with our guide to what’s on, find things to do today or check out our London events calendar for must-see London festivals. If you’re in London this month, we’ve made things easy by rounding up the key things to do in December.