London Christmas

Christmas in London

London’s Christmas shopping season opens on Nov. 20 when Regent Street ceremoniously switches on its Christmas Lights for a pedestrian parade (

Otherwise, London spreads out its Christmas cheer, from the official Norwegian fir on Trafalgar Square to the ice skating rink at Somerset House (

Trees bedecked with fairy lights herald Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, which includes London's largest outdoor skating rink, a toboggan slide, a Ferris wheel, caroling, and a traditional German Christmas market (Dec. 1–Jan. 6,

More small markets spring up at the Natural History Museum, which installs a temporary ice rink (Nov. 8–Jan. 20,; the Greenwich Market, also with a nearby ice rink (Dec. 6–24,,; and the Bankside Frost Fair outside the Tate Modern, which prefers its ice in sculpture form (Dec. 14–16,

Christmas concerts abound, but it’s hard to resist the carol singalong at the Royal Albert Hall (Dec. 16,

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The Tower of London’s Medieval Christmas, a fanciful “historical” re-imagining set in the 1284 court of Edward I (Dec. 27–31,, and the Great Christmas Pudding Race of costumed contestants treading an obstacle course around Covent Garden while balancing fruitcakes on spoons (Dec. 8,

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in August 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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