The Ultimate Guide to Christmas in London: Markets, Lights and Everything Nice!

  • 26 Ottobre, 2023
  • londonbackpackers
The Ultimate Guide to Christmas in London: Markets, Lights and Everything Nice!

London transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, with an array of festive markets, stunning Christmas lights displays, and enchanting activities that capture the spirit of the season. This guide will help you plan the perfect Christmas in London, complete with key dates for the city’s most renowned Christmas displays and attractions.


Below, you can find a full list of the brightest and the best light attractions in England’s capital, just a stone’s throw from the comfort of your hostel!

  • Carnaby Christmas Lights (From 2 Nov)
  • Regent Street Christmas Lights (From 9 Nov)
  • St. Christopher’s Place Christmas Lights (From 14 Nov)
  • St. James’s Christmas Lights (From 9 Nov)
  • Marylebone Village Christmas Lights (From 9 Nov)
  • Belgravia Christmas Lights (From 15 Nov)
  • Chelsea Christmas Lights (From 18 Nov)
  • Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree (From 7 Dec)
  • Oxford Street Christmas Lights ( TBC)
  • Covent Garden Christmas Lights (From 8 Nov)
  • Leadenhall Market Christmas Lights (From 17 Nov)
  • Seven Dials’ 2023 Christmas Lights (From 7 Nov)
  • Mayfair Christmas Lights (From 16 Nov)
  • Kew Gardens Christmas Lights (From Nov 15th)

While exploring Christmas markets and enjoying the festive lights with easy access, staying with London Backpackers hostel in central London, the city offers a plethora of Christmas and winter-themed activities that will make your holiday season truly magical.


London’s Christmas markets are a delightful and enchanting tradition that fills the city with festive spirit each holiday season. From the twinkling lights and seasonal decorations to the scent of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine, these markets offer a wondrous escape from the city’s bustling streets. Whether you’re shopping for unique gifts, savouring holiday treats, or simply immersing yourself in the joyous atmosphere, London’s Christmas markets are a must-visit destination during the most wonderful time of the year.

Southbank Centre Winter Market (Dates TBC)

Located along the Thames, this market offers artisanal gifts, seasonal food, and dazzling lights.

Christmas by the River (Dates TBC)

Set against the backdrop of Tower Bridge, this market features unique gifts, delicious food, and stunning views.

Greenwich Christmas Market (Dates TBC)

Greenwich Market transforms into a festive paradise, offering a wide range of holiday goods and tasty treats.

Christmas at Leicester Square (Dates TBC)

Leicester Square turns into a festive hub with a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, and entertainment for all ages.

Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays (From Dec 6th)

Columbia Road’s famous flower market adds a touch of Christmas cheer with late-night shopping and live music.


Ice skating is a quintessential winter activity, and London boasts some of the most iconic ice rinks in the world:

Somerset House Ice Rink (Dates TBC):

Skating in the stunning courtyard of Somerset House, with its grand neo classical facade, is an unforgettable experience.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink (From Nov 16th):

Glide under the shadow of the magnificent Waterhouse building, home to the Natural History Museum.

Tower of London Ice Rink (Dates TBC):

Skating within the historic walls of the Tower of London offers a unique and atmospheric experience.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink (Dates TBC):

Visit this royal palace and skate in the grand surroundings of the Tudor courtyard.

Winter Wonderland Attractions (From Nov 18th):

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is not just a market; it’s a winter extravaganza with an array of thrilling attractions:-

Magical Ice Kingdom:

Walk through a mesmerising ice and snow sculpture exhibition.

Big Wheel:

Enjoy breathtaking views of Winter Wonderland from the giant observation wheel.

Circus Shows:

Be entertained by circus performers showcasing their incredible skills.

Zippos Christmas Circus:

A family-friendly circus show that’s perfect for the little ones

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Booking a stay at London Backpackers in north London for your Christmas in London is the key to unlocking a truly immersive and budget-friendly festive experience. Our strategically located hostels offer easy access to the city’s enchanting Christmas markets, lights displays, and winter activities. With a warm and festive atmosphere, you’ll feel the holiday spirit as soon as you step inside! Whether you’re a solo traveller or part of a group, you’ll have the chance to make new friends and create lasting memories with like-minded individuals during our holiday events and celebrations. Our staff, often locals, are eager to share their insider tips and recommendations for the best Christmas events and dining options in the city. Plus, our flexible stays, safety, and comfort ensure a worry-free holiday experience. Make the most of your Christmas in London with London Backpackers and embrace the holiday spirit like a local!

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