London in December: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2020

Things to Do in London in December

Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Go Ice Skating at Somerset House, Go to the St.Paul's Cathedral, Stroll around the Natural History Museum, Visit the ABBA Museum, Enjoy at London winter festivals,  Don't Miss the New Year's Eve Fireworks, Visit the Leicester Square, Explore the Warner Bros. Studios, Visit Madame Tussauds London and many more.

Here are some of the best things to do in London in December:

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Weather in London in December

Weather in London in December
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December in London is not just about celebrating Christmas, but there is a lot more on offer that entices a large number of tourists, first being its awesome climate. In fact, the climate becomes colder with every passing day. The city in December transforms into a fairy tale land due to the breezy air and cottony snowflakes that create a lovely aura all around.

The city enjoys partly sunny days with rare snow and a temperature ranging from 3 degrees C to 7 degrees C. No doubt, it is a magical month to visit London that win's everyone's heart. The city glistening with Christmas lights, carols, and cotton-ball snow all around create a breathtaking aura in December.

The streets that are classic British architectural wonder become lively in day and night alike to offer guaranteed special moments during your trip. Shopping at Christmas markets to reveling in nightclubs and enjoying all the beauty that this city presents in December is definitely not to miss. So, if you are looking forward to going on a trip to London, prepare your bucket list around this time of the year.
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What to Pack for London in December

What to Pack for London in December
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London experiences a mild cold atmosphere in the beginning of December. In the afternoon, the temperature will vary from 9 to 10 degrees C and at night it can go down to 3 degrees C. However, during Christmas time, it will be much colder as on average the temperature can drop to -1 degrees C.

So, make sure to organize your luggage according to the temperature and date of your London tour. Here is the list of items that you should pack for a week-long trip to London in December to keep yourself warm and toasty:

Clothing:
Since the weather will be cold in December in London so make sure to keep a long sleeve dress, hoodies, shirts, coats, blazers, jacket, woolen cardigans, Thermals, and jeans.

Accessory:
Apart from clothing, do not forget to carry a few pairs of socks, gloves, undergarments, knit hats, muffler, stole, leather boots, earmuffs, lip balm, moisturizer, and umbrella.

Things to Do in London in December

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the world's greatest and phenomenal royal parks in Central London, the historical capital city of the United Kingdom. Situated in the heart of the city, the park offers a plethora of activities for the visitors starting from boating, swimming, horse riding, tennis, skating, jogging, walking and many more. 

Adorned with innumerable varieties of trees and flowers and a beautiful glittering lake, Hyde Park has been attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. You can witness many amazing buildings, monuments, memorials, fountains, statues and a bird sanctuary inside the park. The park is also the residence for a diverse variety of birds and insects, and hence a paradise for wildlife photographers and bird watchers.

Several world-renowned conferences, events, and seminars, music concerts, charity shows are organized in the park. The funds raised from many of those events are dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of the park. Café joints, bars, restaurants, beverage shops inside the park serve delicious refreshments and dishes to the visitors. 

Every year during the Christmas and New Year, the entire park is transformed into a magical land with the illuminated decorations and glittering lights coupled with several exciting attractions and eateries. Circus shows, skiing, and skating competitions and many musical events form a part of the winter magic in Hyde Park.

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Go Ice Skating at Somerset House

Go Ice Skating at Somerset House
People who are thrill-seekers would love to visit Somerset House to enjoy this winter sport in London in December. It is one of the most gorgeous and famous ice skating spots in London.

The cutting-edge facilities at the skating rink allows both novice and advanced level skiers to have the best time. This place also hosts open-air parties with the finest DJs and artists’ performances that even make it a heart winning party destination.

Ticket price: For adults - 11 Euro & For children - 8.50 Euro 

Location: London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom

Timings: 9:00am – 10:00pm
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St Paul's Cathedral Tickets: Skip-the-line, Flat 15% off
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The St Paul's Cathedral ticket lets you gather great enjoyment by visiting the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is regarded as one of the prominent tourist attractions in London. The St Paul's Cathedral offers you a great opportunity to explore London’s most iconic landmarks that have been occupying a place in over 300 years of history in London.

On availing the St Paul's Cathedral London ticket, you get spellbound with the interior of legendary structures that reveal the glory of British history. Witness the place where the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill are buried and learn the significance of London's past. You also get to climb up to the top of the majestic dome so as to avail the striking aerial views of the entire London city. Enjoy a tour of the cathedral with the assistance of a multimedia guide available in nine languages.

Opening Hours:

Mondays-Saturdays: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Last admission: 4:00pm
St. Paul's Cathedral London is closed on Sundays

How to Reach:
The tour location is based at St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD and you can take the London Tube and alight at St. Paul’s Underground Station via Circle line.

Note:
Children aged 6-17 years can book the child ticket to St Paul Cathedral London.
Children aged 0-5 years can enter for free.
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Stroll Around the Natural History Museum

Stroll Around the Natural History Museum
Visit to the Natural History Museum is one of the best things to do in London in December amongst many tourists. Here you get an opportunity to explore the rare collections discovered by preeminent scientists and researchers exhibiting the tale of natural history in the world. 

Further, glorify your history exploration day through modern tech advancements accessible in the museum like short movies, Google’s Street View, and VR experience. 

Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom

Timings: 9:00am – 6:00pm
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Visit the ABBA Museum

Visit the ABBA Museum
ABBA is a one of a kind and interactive music experience to enjoy in the chilly London environment. The visit will transfer you to the bygone era of ABBA musical life that was Swedish pop sensation. If you are a music lover, you can’t give it a miss. You get to witness their memorabilia that includes the iconic costumes and personal notes of the chart topping albums.

You will be surprised to know there is a copy of the well-known ‘Star Guitar’ that ABBA utilized amid their 1974 Eurovision triumph. You will observe ABBA’s winning melody Waterloo, and their consequent voting triumph, from extravagant theatre seats.

There’s moreover an entertainment show of a Swedish society which exhibits the band’s society roots, and a fantastic finale called The Bequest, which welcomes you to sing and move together, and observe an audio-visual tribute to ABBA’s career.

Location: Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom

Timings: 9:00am – 7:00pm
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Enjoy at London Winter Festivals

Enjoy at London Winter Festivals
If anything that deserves to be listed in the perfect places to visit in London in December is their winter festivals. The whole city becomes a wonderland presenting a lot of fun activities and wonders to make your trip memorable. From singing carols, shopping in the market and eating pies to kids activities and watching ballets - there is something for everyone.

There are a plethora of spots where you can head to enjoy famous London Winter festivals like Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace, Warner Brothers Studio, London Coliseum, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Southbank Centre's Winter festival, etc.

Location: Multiple locations

Timings: 5:00am – 12:00am
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Don't Miss the New Year's Eve Fireworks

Don't Miss the New Year's Eve Fireworks
The trip to London is incomplete unless you don’t dive into any of its New Year Eve’s fireworks events. Thousands of vivid fireworks glisten all over the midnight sky with a river flowing underneath both creating a marvelous aura. Whether you are coming with kids or family, the spectacular view is a sight to behold.

Blue zone, being the best place to view, costs you around £100. White, green, red and pink zone prices are £80, £70, £55, £70 respectively. We suggest you must visit this place if you are planning to come to London in December.

Location: Thames Riverside, Central London, SE1, United Kingdom

Timings: 6:00pm – 6:00am
Leicester Square
Leicester (Less-ter) Square in London is one of the most vibrant and eclectic places, which has been in the spotlight since the 16th century, and quite literally at that! Initially a residential area for the aristocracy, it is now one of the most vibrant & unique places in the UK.

Home to some of the best cinemas in the UK, this is where a lot of A-listers walk the red carpet at the time of movie premiers. The square, built around a garden, houses world-class theatres that host a variety of theatrical performances and musicals throughout the year. 

Leicester Square is a space, which incubates contemporary free-wheeling art-based performances by escapologists, mime artists, stand up comedians, etc. In fact, through Leicester Square, the ‘new’ London gives a beautiful homage to the ‘old’ London. You will see the statues of icons like William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Hogarth, Durham, Charlie Chaplin, and Joshua Reynolds. 

This landmark-pedestrianized zone has colourful cultural hues from around the world in its very essence, be it food, people, sights, and sounds. In fact, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with quite an aplomb at Chinatown here.

The square houses two of the largest outlets of M&M’s and Lego in the world. And that’s not all! The square has some of the largest and best casinos in the UK that don’t let the evenings fade. The Leicester Square, named after Robert Sidney, the second Earl of Leicester, was laid out in the late 16th-century. It lies in the City of Westminster surrounded by Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, and Cambridge Circus.
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Warner Bros Studio London Tour with Transfers | Flat 21% off
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The Warner Bros. Studio is an exciting spot in London that ensures a delightful self-guided behind-the-scenes tour, where you'll get to see the production sets along with costumes, and props that were used for all eight Harry Potter films. The spot also consists of a brilliant opportunity through which you can step on Platform 9 3/4, and take the pleasure of the Hogwarts Express train. With the cheerful ride, you can embrace the thrill with some magic and wonder. 

About Warner Bros. Studio London Tickets with Transfers:
The Warner Bros. Studio London tickets let you get drowned in the world of Harry Potter with the help of this amazing opportunity. You get to enjoy a delightful experience behind-the-scenes tour that takes you to the sets of Harry Potter. Observe and see the epic costumes and props from all the 8 Harry Potter films that made history.

The Warner Bros Studio tour London ticket also lets you walk down Diagon Alley along with stepping into the Great Hall. You get to witness many more iconic sets that were formed in the films and explore the wonders of the brand new Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Don't forget to visit Platform 9 3/4, and get seated on the Hogwarts Express train. With the train ride, you shall get a feeling like you are a part of the journey being a wizard. Besides, this package is inclusive of round trip train rides that let you experience a comfortable journey between the London Euston and Watford Junction Rail Station.

Timings: 11 AM

How to Reach:
Train (London Euston to Watford Junction)
You can take any train from London Euston Station to Watford Junction, but please note that your entry to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is at 11:00 am. 

Bus (Watford Junction to Warner Bros. Studio Tour)
The shuttle bus between Watford Junction and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London runs every 20 minutes from 9:20 am outside of the main station (journey time: approx. 15 minutes)
The shuttle bus is free to anyone with a valid voucher
When returning from the Studio Tour, simply follow the signs 'Shuttle Bus to Watford Junction'

Note:
No refunds will be issued for late arrivals in the Warner Bros. Studio London tickets.
Children aged 0-4 years can enter for free but need to make a booking to get the voucher.
Children aged above 4 years will be counted as adults for Warner Bros Studio tour London tickets.
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About the Madame Tussauds London:
The Madame Tussauds London Entry Ticket lets you visit the original Madame Tussauds waxwork museum and witness the statues of your favourite celebrities. See the iconic wax statues of the iconic celebrities from the closest proximity. Get yourself the perfect photographs with celebrities whom you've always dreamt about.

About the Madame Tussauds London Ticket:
The Madame Tussauds London Ticket lets you pose with your favourite celebrities and get yourself clicked with them. See yourself sharing frames with your favourite celebrities along with the iconic pop stars, sporting legends and many of them.

Besides, you shall be able to take the plight of the Spirit of London and explore the city's magnificent history. The ticket is also inclusive of Star Wars and Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experiences, that would make you get spellbound.

Opening Hours:
The Madame Tussauds London opening times vary throughout the year, typically the attraction opens at 10:00 am and closes between 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.

How to Reach:
The location is based in Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK and you can easily reach there with the help of Baker Street underground station.

Note:
Children aged 3-15 years can book the child tickets to Madame Tussauds London.
Children aged 0-2 receive free entry.

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Trafalgar Square
Resting at the heart of London, amidst the bustling town of Westminster, lies the country's most notable landmark, Trafalgar Square. Constructed in 1840, the Square is not only a popular tourist attraction but is also an iconic landmark glorifying the city's rich heritage, history and culture.

From Buckingham Palace and the London Eye to the verdant gardens of St. James's Park, the city's most renowned monuments and destinations are located just a stroll away from the Square. Pearly white fountains are flowing with turquoise water form a decent spot for resting quietly as you admire the intricate sculptures of gorgeous mermaids and fishes carved at the outline.

Bronze statues of four majestic lions glistening in the bright sun form the periphery around the tall facade of Nelson Column. Commemorating the valor displayed by British troops in the Battle of Trafalgar, it celebrates the victory of Britain over Spanish and French forces. With the National Gallery in its north and Northumberland Avenue in its south, Trafalgar Square is the best spot to witness the lively and boisterous city life of London.
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About Kew Gardens:
The Kew Gardens, renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a great spot that is comprised of a wide variety of living plants. The Kew Gardens lets you witness a glass house that breathes with the freshness of green plants. The Kew Gardens is occupied with the fresh plants that are restored from the Temperate House till the tropical rainforests of the Palm House.

You also see the Treetop Walkway, which would hold you overwhelmed with the most exciting tree-top experience in the UK. You shall be able to go under the ground, which will eventually lead you to 59 feet up in the air. You shall get close to trees that will take your breath away and let you breathe freshly at the same time. 

About Kew Gardens Entrance Tickets:
The Kew Gardens entrance tickets let you explore and witness the world’s largest gallery of living plants. You get to roam around the garden and explore uncountable herbal plant varieties that are very helpful to humans. In other words, you shall be able to explore tropical rainforests inside the Palm House and view the freshly restored Temperate House. 

You can also pick some rare plants to your home and store some valuable plants in the world. Besides, you also get to visit the Bamboo Garden which is renowned as a home to the UK's largest collection of bamboos. The spot lets get astonished at the wide range of plants ranging from lofty pole varieties to wispy species. 

Opening Hours:
Gardens open at 10:00 am daily
Closing times may vary (usually 6 pm or 7 pm during the summer season and 4 pm or 5 pm in the winter season)
The last admission is 1 hour before each closing time

How to Reach:
The Kew Gardens is based at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE, UK and you can easily reach the location with the help of the following ways:
By tube: Kew Gardens station is 500m from Victoria Gate. It is in Zone 3 and is served by the District Line (Richmond branch) and London Overground
By train: Kew Bridge station is 800m from Elizabeth Gate, via Kew Bridge. South West Trains run services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. There is no level access at Kew Bridge
By bus: Route 65 stops close to Lion Gate and Victoria Gate; Route 391 stops near Kew Gardens station; Routes 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station

Note:
Children aged 4-16 years can book the child Kew Gardens London tickets.
Children aged 0-3 don't need to book the Kew Gardens entrance tickets and can enter for free.
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Explore the Moroccan Medina

Explore the Moroccan Medina
Are you searching for some unique things to do in London in December?  Head to the Moroccan Medina to get the authentic South African vibe in the London city. This bar is finest in London with the rooftop inspired by Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech.

The place is decorated with fire pits, fairy lights, pretty eye- catching lanterns and giant cacti. There you’ll find a wide range of drinks that you can revel in while admiring its surreal ambiance. The entry fee is £10 per person. You can book your ticket in advance via phone or visiting the website also.

Location: Queen of Hoxton 1-5 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX London, United Kingdom

Timings: 5:00am – 12:00am
Hampton Court Palace
The Hampton Court Palace is a Royal Palace in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. The construction of the building began in the year 1515 and was later expanded upon by King Henry VIII. The Royal Palace is one of the only two surviving palaces out of many that were owned by the King.

Today, it is owned by Queen Elizabeth II and the Crown. The palace is amongst the most beautiful places to visit in London as it has been thrown open to the public. Apart from the palace complex and the gardens, tourists visit the place for its famous maze, royal tennis court and the huge grapevine. 

Location:
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, United Kingdom

Timings:
Daily: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Entry Fee:
Prices start from Rs. 425 or £ 4.50
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Get Lost in Greenwich Market

Get Lost in Greenwich Market
If you are a shopaholic you can’t neglect to add Greenwich Market in your list of places to visit in London in December. You can easily reach this market either via riverboat or train from London Bridge. The market is fun, happening and colorful with crafts, arts and tantalizing foods.

You can find handmade designs, best collections of British designers, arts, home accessories, gifts, decoration stuffs and much more. Further, satiate your hungry soul by devouring a wide range of street foods that is available in non-veg and veg recipes variants. Those who love gluten-free vegan food, don’t worry - the market has got to serve that too. 

Location: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ, United Kingdom

Timings: 10:00am to 5:30pm
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Experience a Husky Sleigh Ride

Experience a Husky Sleigh Ride
Last but not the least if you are planning a family trip and searching for best things to do in London in December with kids- an experience of Husky Sleigh ride is the one for you. Get into full festive mood by visiting WWT London Wetland Centre that is unarguably a huge-wetlands in the world.

At this place, your kids can fulfil their biggest desire to meet Santa for real and receive some wonderful gifts from him. You can also cuddle and take snaps of the festive pups. Additionally, explore the reserve and admire the meadows and lakes there. 

Location: Queen Elizabeth's Walk, London SW13 9WT, United Kingdom

Timings: 9:30am – 4:30pm
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People Also Ask About London

  1. Is December a good time to visit London?

    Yes, December is the best time to visit London. Visitors can wander around the snowy land while exploring the British architecture. Moreover, it is the season of festivity with every bylane glistening with Christmas lights and shops full of gifts to buy for your relatives back at home. Thus, there are a plethora of places to visit in London in December.
  2. How cold does it get in London in December?

    Winters in December in London are quite cold but it rarely snows at this time of the year. There is chilly weather in London in December with average high temperature around 9 degrees C and average low temperature around 5 degrees C.
  3. Does it snow in London in December?

    No, London experiences very less snowfall in December. However, the temperature is sufficiently cold to pack your winter garments. It means you will witness pleasant weather to enjoy your whole trip in London in December.
  4. How many days are enough in London?

    Generally, 3 to 4 days are enough to plan your London tour. In this time period you can conveniently visit all the famous places and attractions of the country such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, Shoreditch, etc. Also, Thames Cruise, ice skating, festive events, and firework shows are some of the most prominent things to do in London in December.