Whether it be with your family or friends, there are lots of fun Christmas activities you can do in your local area in London.

There are so many activities that are available with price ranges from free to affordable, and you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune to create happy Christmas memories. 

Ice skating is a very popular activity because of its sheer exhilaration and also the amusement of watching your friends slip on the ice. This activity is great as an outing with your friends in the holidays because it is affordable and will most likely be very local. Tickets start from around £15 and you can enjoy up to an hour of skating. Due to such high popularity, there are many ice rinks located all around London. Scenic places include Battersea Glide which has a lit up christmas tree in the middle, Somerset house which is an ice rink surrounded by beautiful historic architecture and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which is located in the amusement park. If the cold weather is not your cup of tea, there are many indoor ice rinks like Queensway ice rink and Alexandra palace, therefore ice skating is a must-do for the Christmas holiday break.

If pretty lights are what you’re looking for, Christmas is the best time to go into the city and walk through streets of delightful fairy lights. Arguably, the most popular destination is Oxford Street, with rows and rows of lamp posts displaying nearly 2km of hanging stars. Covent Garden is also a hot spot, boasting giant, glowing baubles, bells and bows and a giant christmas tree to compliment it, oozing Christmas spirit. Another recommendation is Carnaby street which has less traditional lights but nevertheless is eye-catching because of its vibrant colours and huge, detailed 3D light displays. There are so many more Christmas lights spotted all around London and a nice stroll through lit up streets is another Christmas activity anybody can enjoy, an added bonus being that it is completely free of charge.

Lastly on the list is Christmas markets. Where markets are open all year long, Christmas markets are definitely special. You can purchase your Christmas gifts for your loved ones in the markets with heart warming hand crafted goods which are guaranteed to be treasured forever. Furthermore, even just looking round at the food and stalls is an enjoyable activity because of the cosy atmosphere in the bustling market. Not only will it benefit yourself, but by purchasing handmade goods, you will be supporting small businesses and spreading the Christmas cheer through more than just the close people you are celebrating with. Popular locations are Covent Garden, Kings Cross and Greenwich, but christmas markets will definitely be lurking in your local areas too, not just central London. 

Christmas activities are present from late November to mid January therefore there is plenty of time to spend time with your family and friends this Christmas. Why not delve into some of these recommendations and make some great memories for Christmas in 2023?