London in December: Things to Do, Places to Visit & Events 2022
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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.

The snow, the festivities, the galore of activities and the enticing city itself, this is what London in December has on offer for the travellers. A winter vacation to the capital city of England leaves you with an arresting memory of all the places and things you explore during the trip.

Going on a tour of this historic city and admiring the architecture, witnessing the night-sky light up with fireworks on New Year's Eve and spending a day at Madame Tussauds amidst the life-like wax statues of some of the biggest names in the world, are a few enjoyable things to do in London in December. However, this list doesn't stop here, there is much more to take in and experience in this English metropolis.

During your winter vacay, some of the best activities to do in London in December include Ice skating at Somerset House, enjoying the London Winter festivals at many locations including the Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park etc., and going on a shopping spree at the Greenwich Market. London will not let you down during your December trip.

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

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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

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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 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

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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Activity Location: St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

Activity Duration: 2 Hours (approx)

Operating Hours: 8:30 AM to 04:00 PM

About St Paul's Cathedral Tickets:

While you are on your exploration tour of London, do not miss to visit the famous landmark, the St. Paul's Cathedral. Book the St Paul's Cathedral ticket and explore the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral, which is both a busy working Anglican Cathedral and one of London’s leading sightseeing attractions. Learn about the history and other interesting facts of this famous monument that has been occupying a significant place for over 300 years of history in London.

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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

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

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

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 (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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  • Victoria: Bus Stop 1, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
  • King's Cross: London N1C 4TB, United Kingdom
  • Baker Sreet: Baker Street, Dorset Square, Bus Stop S on Gloucester Place, near Baker Street Station

Activity Duration: 7-8 hours (approx)

Activity Time Slots:

  • Victoria: 12 time slots are available between 7:30 AM & 4:00 PM
  • King's Cross: 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM
  • Baker Sreet: 10 time slots available between 7:40 AM & 4:10 PM

(Note- Please arrive 15 minutes before)

About Warner Bros. Studio Tour London:

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.

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Activity Location: Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, UK

Activity Duration: 2-3 hours (approx)

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

About the Madame Tussauds Ticket:

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. 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.

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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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Location: Richmond, TW9 3AB, London

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  • 1 to 30 Apr: Daily - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 6:00 PM
  • 1 May to 31 Aug: Weekdays - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Weekends - 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Last Admission Times are 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM respectively
  • 1 to 30 Sep: Daily - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 6:00 PM
  • 1 to 29 Oct: Daily - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 5:00 PM
  • 30 Oct to 15 Nov: Daily - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 3:00 PM
  • 16 Nov to 31 Dec: Daily - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Last Admission Time: 2:00 PM

Activity Duration: 7-8 hours (approx)

About Kew Gardens:

Visit one of the most prominent destinations among the tourists of London- Kew Gardens, which is also London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a perfect place for an outing with your family and friends. See various galleries of botanical art and witness 250 years of royal history here. The gardens have fresh plants that are restored from the Temperate House to the tropical rainforests of the Palm House.

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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
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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 and it is one of the famous England tourist places. 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


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Prices start from Rs. 425 or £ 4.50

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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

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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03 February 2020
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Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
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Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
09 January 2020
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Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
12 September 2019
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The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
12 February 2020
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I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
13 February 2020
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My visit to the Imperial War Museum was insightful and really inspiring. I got to see a ton of war artilleries from the time of World War. Upon entering it will take you some time but the place will really grow on you. I must say that the guide was also thorough about the entire place.
16 December 2019
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Kensington Palace is very grand and beautiful. The palace also carries a rich history that we learned a lot about from the people there. If you are interested in architecture and history then visit as I got bored after sometime.
22 October 2019
Excellent
It is a royal palace with a distinct architectural design that is really beautiful for the visitors. I really admired the entire ambiance of the place and the tour was just perfect. I strongly recommend everyone to visit the place on their tour to London.
09 December 2019
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I got a chance to relax and me and my parents just sat in the garden and admired it's beauty. We spent around 30 minutes there walking around. Overall, it was nice experience but nothing special.
17 November 2019
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The Kew Gardens was the perfect addition to my overall London trip. Upon reaching I visited the place towards the evening and I must tell you what a relaxing feeling it was. It was great sitting amidst the raw nature and enjoying some time in peace. We also took a lot of pictures and overall, we enjoyed the place very much.

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.

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