It’s that wintry time of year again when we swap our jumpers for coats, brogues for boots and dig out dusty decoration boxes. 🎄
While it might be tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket, there’s no need to hibernate! 🐻
On a winter day there’s plenty of fun to be had – from big events like Hyde Park Winter Wonderland to local gems at Pexmas Festive Market. Here’s our top picks of unexpected and affordable things to see and do in London this winter. ❄️
Ride a Santander Cycle for free
From 1 December, we’re giving everyone free access to Santander Cycles for 24 hours – including all 30-minute journeys. 🚴🚴🚴
Just enter the code SCXMAS19 when purchasing a 24 hour access period through the app or at the terminal (one per person). You’ve got until 31 December to use your code and don’t forget, you can still use Santander Cycles on Christmas day. 🎅
See the lights, enjoy the sights
Dazzle your Instagram followers with your luminous selfies and shimmering snaps taken all around the city. 🤳
Expect to be impressed by light installations at Regent Street, Oxford Street, Carnaby, Seven Dials and more in Central London. 💡
The glittering fun doesn’t stop when Father Christmas finishes his round trip – mark Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights in your diary for January! 📅
No need to hop on a plane to enjoy world famous Christmas markets – satisfy your bauble and trinket needs right at your doorstep. 🛍️
Remember to also check in with your local council to find out what’s happening in your borough. 👍
With so many options to enjoy the outdoors there’s no excuse to hide inside!
Once you’ve got your adrenaline rush, take a wintry stroll in one of London’s many picturesque parks like Richmond, Hampstead Heath, Kensington Gardens and Greenwich Park. Snow angels, anyone? ⛄
Warm those vocal chords and join in the festive cheer at one of many incredible Christmas carol performances. 🔔
Join us and our friends in the transport industry for Festival of Carols at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 11 December! Doors open at 18:15 with the service starting at 19:00 and admission is by a £5 souvenir purchase at the door. ✨
Giving and sharing
If you ever needed an excuse to spoil someone special – yourself included – Christmas is the time of giving and sharing. 🎁
Stretch your retail fix into January sales well beyond Boxing day! 🛍️
Magic in the air
Looking to shake things up? Put that snow globe down and get amongst the alternative Christmas antics this winter! 😁
Step back in time circa 1724 and check out Dennis Severs’ House annual Christmas installation, or immerse yourself in a magical experience at Hogwarts in the Snow. 🎄
London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia! Enjoy a day of colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End. 🧨
Before you know it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner in mid-February. No matter your relationship status, there’s a day for you – celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends on 13 February or Singles Awareness Day on 15 February. 🙌
When the rain comes, remember to take advantage of London’s incredible year-round and free museum collections. Be sure to check out special exhibitions like the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year or what’s on at the London Transport Museum. 🏛️
Need more inspiration?
Explore more than 500 museums, galleries, street art and more, all within a short walk or bus ride from each Underground station with our interactive Cultural Maps.
Plus, with our Hopper fare, you can take unlimited bus or tram journeys anytime, anywhere for £1.50 within one hour of touching in!
Go and discover London off-peak this Winter at Time Out.