Things to do in London this Christmas: Christmas Lights 2018

Christmas Lights events last year was amazing and I really enjoyed the illuminations and walks around. I have been looking forward to it this year and I have made it my mission to get more people to go out (hence this post!) I have been to a few of these so I can share my experience and hopefully that encourages you to go to at least one!

Most of these events are walks in the dark on an illuminated trail. Wrap up warm and head out!

After Dark, Chiswick House & Gardens, from £15.40

Dates – 15th Nov to 30th Dec, Thurs-Sunday

This is a brand new event for 2018 at the historic Chiswick House & Gardens. A walk through the site in the dark with light installation across the trail. There will be light, food and drinks!

 

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo, from £16.50

Dates – 22nd Nov to 1st Jan 2019, Thurs- Friday

I went to London Zoo for the first time this year and saw a poster of this and I knew I had to go to it! a walk in the zoo after dark with lights everywhere! Sounds like a fairy tale! P.S there will be no animals.

 

Christmas at Kew Gardens from £16.50

Dates – 22nd Nov – 5th Jan 2019, Monday to Friday

I went to this last year and I really enjoyed it! it’s a 30-40 min walk depending on how fast you walk and the last light show at the end is spectacular Its worth the money and I am looking forward to it this year!

 

Winterville, Clapham Common from free, entry charges from £2

Dates- 15th Nov to 23 Dec, Tues- Sunday

I missed this event last year thanks to Yas lol but this year I am determined to go! It almost like Winter Wonderland but with more attractions (a cinema!) and food provided by Street Feast (btw if you haven’t been to a Street Feast yet WHY NOT)

Winter Wonderland, free

Dates- 22nd Nov to 6th Jan 2017, every day except Christmas day

Ok so I can’t talk about Christmas events without a word on Winter Wonderland, the famous event is back for 2018 and some new attractions, if you don’t go to any of the events listed above, winter wonderland is a must, with free entry and lots of food and attractions it will be a shame to miss this event.

 

Canary Wharf Winter Light 2019, free

Dates- 15th Jan to 26 Jan 2019

This one is in the New Year so you have plenty of time to plan for it. I went to it last year and it as a very pleasant walk around Canary Wharf with the lighted installations spread out plus I think you get free parking ( don’t quote me) another free event so make sure you go!

There are also lots of Christmas light displays in Oxford Street, Covent Garden and around central London. You will notice most of the events are around the same dates so plan ahead and you could probably do one each weekend!

Catch you soon

Christmas Activities & Events in London 2017

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? All over the capital, Christmas lights have been switched on and Christmas gift shopping is in full swing! Check out my Christmas Gift guides here and if you are doing Secret Santa this year, head over here for some inspiration! Some houses even have their Christmas décor out so its safe to say Christmas 2017 is here- only 32 days to go!

If you want to head out and discover new places or events this Christmas, then this post is perfect for you! I have compiled a list of events, activities and markets happening in the capital over Christmas and most of them are even free!

Here is your Christmas Activity Guide 2017 for catch ups, late nights and date nights or solo adventure!

Winter Wonderland

Free entry

Is only proper I start off with Winter Wonderland! This activity has sort of become a must visit for a lot of people including myself, over the Christmas period! Based in Hyde Park its easy o get to, free t entry and perfect for catching up with friends. You only pay for food or rides when you go and it family friendly too!

Open until 1st Jan 2018

 

Winterville

Free entry expect Friday and Saturday nights

Expect food, cinema, ice skating and much more at Winterville in Clapham Common. This is new to new and I am hoping to visit it very soon- it’s been hailed as London’s alternative festive experience. I trust it would be amazing as the food is provided by Street Feast which is always good- I been to all of them!

Open until 1st January

 

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Adult tickets from £16

The gardens will light up after dark this Christmas with over 1 million lights and am illuminated path! This I think is very much like Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland( which unfortunately is over but was so beautiful, see some pictures below :() I reckon it will be quite nice for date night walking in the dark with the soft lights awwww lol but wrap up warm and get your walking boots out!

Open until 1st Jan

 

Skylight Rooftop Tobacco Dock

Free entry

No, it’s not a tobacco shop, its winter fest on a rooftop! If you love ice skating then what’s better than ice skating on a rooftop?! Yasmine will kill me if she knew I was talking about this lol- I am never going ice skating and embarrassing myself LOL but I will visit here for the nice view and good food PLUS ttheyhave a chocolate fondue!!!!!. Ice skating is not free though (obviously) but it starts from £10

 

Wintertime at South Bank

Free

Southbank is always bustling with activities but over the Christmas period, it gets bigger and better! The Christmas market is always a good place to start: cheap bites, gift shopping and all those pretty Christmas lights can easily warm you up! As if that wasn’t enough, they have shows and a rooftop sauna!

 

There are also lots more Christmas markets around the capital and even further a field! All these events are on for a limited period and most of them end on 1st Jan 2018 and closed Christmas Day! Over the coming weekends try to hit these events you will can easily cross them all off before the new year- at least that’s what I will be doing!

Catch you soon

Sarah!