The 18 Best Things To Do In London in December 2016

If you can travel to London in December you're going to find that it is one of the best times of the year to visit. For starters, Christmas is a big deal in London. That fun starts in late November and the party continues until early January. Trafalgar Square is Noel Centrale, with a giant decorated Norwegian pine trees sparkling day and night.

The other great thing about December in London is that a lot of the tours, dinners, activities on the Thames River, and Soho & West End theatre are available most days in December, even Christmas Eve. But there is one catch… you must book early. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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Things to Do in London December 2016

Thames River Dinner Cruise – Available Christmas Eve

Thames River Dinner Cruise

It's amazing how many landmarks & monuments you see while dining aboard a luxury glass-walled boat on the Thames. Travel aboard the Harmony or Symphony, with a live jazz band, as your four-course dinner is served. See the illuminated city — Big Ben, the London Eye, Tate Modern, Houses of Parliament — bathed in golden glow. An essential London experience.

Warner Brothers Studio – The Making of Harry Potter

The Making of Harry Potter

Explore the world of Harry Potter at the studio where it was made! See the actual film sets of Platform 9¾ and the Hogwarts Express. You also learn about the special effects and animatronics that created the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the Ministry of Magic. Includes transportation to the movie studio by luxury Mercedes coach. Available Christmas Eve.

London in One Day!

London in One Day

2,000 years of history = lots to see! Visit the top attractions and highlights of London on a full-day city tour that takes you from the Tower of London to the London Eye. Seethe Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace,take a sightseeing cruise down the River Thames, visit St Paul’s Cathedra. Upgrade to take afternoon tea at Westminster Park Plaza, or a flight on the London Eye.

London Rock Music Tour

Rock Music Tour

Since the 1960s London has been a centre of the rock music scene. On this activity you visit legendary landmarks, likes Paul McCartney's flat, and Tin Pan Alley, where the Rolling Stones made their first records. Naturally, you'll cross Abbey Road in front of the studio, and see landmarks relating to Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Amy Winehouse.

Top Day Trips From London

Things to Do in London December 2016

Stonehenge + Bath + Windsor Castle in One Day

Stonehenge + Bath + Windsor Day Trip

Travel through British history starting with the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. Then discover the city of Bath with its Roman & Georgian influences. And for the piece de la resistance, visit Windsor castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world. Includes transportation by luxury mini-coach, entry and guided tours. Available Boxing Day, December 26.

Oxford + Cotswolds + Stratford + Warwick Castle

Oxford + Cotswolds + Stratford-on-Avon + Warwick Castle

We also like this multi-faceted day tour that visits three of England’s most-popular destinations — Oxford and its university; the beauty of The Cotswolds; and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. Final stop is a detour to the Middle Ages andWarwick Castle. Climb the winding staircases and learn about its 1,000 years of history.

Paris Day Trip + Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Paris Day Trip + Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Thanks to the super-fast Eurostar you can visit Paris in one day! Not only that, but you get to skip the line at the Eiffel Tower to dine at 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. take in the magnificent views of Paris as you sip champagne & dine on French food. Next, hop on a Seine River cruise boat to see iconic monuments, bridges and churches. Includes round-trip Eurostar tickets, champagne lunch, river cruise.

The Best of London Theatre

Things to Do in London December 2016

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie's Mousetrap

It's the longest running show in the history of theatre! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has been a fixture on London’s West End for over 60 years! You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat as the murder mystery unfolds about a group of hotel guests who are killed off by a mysterious murderer.
• St Martin's Theatre
• Monday to Saturday, including Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve

Matilda – The Musical

Matilda

Roald Dahl’s child genius Matilda is brought to life on stage! The show features the much-loved characters from the classic 1988 book — Matilda Wormwood, Miss Honey, and the treacherous Miss Trunchbull. Enjoy Matilda's rebellious nature as she uses her telekinetic abilities to change her destiny.
• Cambridge Theatre
• Ends December 10

Top Food, Tea & Pub Events

Things to Do in London December 2016

International Food Tour of Soho

International Food Tour of Soho

Discover the diverse culture & cuisine in one of London's oldest districts. Sample from the neighbourhood's top restaurants and cafes — from Asian flavours to traditional British pub food. And of course, there'll be opportunities to to wash it all down with wines and British beers & ales.

London Chocolate Walking Tour – Available Christmas Eve

London Chocolate Walking Tour

It really makes for a lovely day.. Explore tony Mayfair, learn about the history of chocolate, and of course, sample chocolates at the finest chocolatiers in London — Paul A Young, Hotel Chocolat & Ladurée. And while you're in the neighbourhood, stop at luxury high-end department and gourmet stores like Liberty of London and Fortnum & Mason.

Private Tour of London's Historic Pubs

Private Tour of London's Historic Pubs

This is the way to discover London's best beers — pub-hopping with Britain's Beer Sommelier of the Year. Inside the iconic and historic alehouses discover the history of pubs and beers, and the charming British customs that surround them. A half-pint of beer is included at each pub. Get a quick lesson on the best way to taste British beer & ale. Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in London December 2016

Winterville

Winterville

At Winterville you'll find all things Christmas — an ice rink, pantomime, circus, cinema & crazy golf!
• Victoria Park
• Late November to late December
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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland

A magical ice kingdom with restaurants, cafes, and of course, Santa Land.
• Hyde Park
• Mid November to early January
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Champions Tennis at Royal Albert Hall

Champions Tennis

Watch some of the greatest tennis players ever to serve, lob, and return, at the Royal Albert Hall. In attendance will be Grand Slam champions, former World Number 1s, and tennis icons like John McEnroe, Pat Rafter, and Tim Henman. Now they know how many balls it takes to fill the Albert Hall.
• Royal Albert Hall
• November 30 to December 4, 2016
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John Rutter's Christmas Celebration

John Rutter's Christmas Celebration

John Rutter conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir in a symphonic Christmas event. These two concerts are full of sparkle and Christmas cheer!
• Royal Albert Hall
• December 8, 2016
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What's On At The Museums

Things to Do in London December 2016

Undressed – A Brief History of Underwear

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

The fun exhibition that uncovers all the secrets of undergarments continues through December
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
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Free Museum Tour – Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Everyday at the Victoria & Albert Museum you can join a free tour to explore the V&A's Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. This is one of the greatest design museums in the world, so it's a privilege to get a free tour. 11:15 AM at the Meeting Point by the Grand Entrance.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Daily at 11:30 am
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