Cool things to do in London this Christmas


Looking for something cool, quirky or just simply Christmassy to get you in the festive mood? Then look no further – here’s our rundown of what to do and where to go in London this December.

#1 Get your skates on

If you think you’ve had your fill of ice skating over the past few years, listen up – this is ice skating with a difference. On the rink at Elephant & Castle’s Castle Square, you’ll find bumper cars on ice – oh yes – as well as traditional skating, street food and live DJs. Tickets cost £6.

When? 29 November-6 January 2019
Where? Castle Square, 40 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1AY

#2 Start the party

Get yourself and your friends down to the Southbank Winter Festival, where you’ll find festive shows and performances and a winter market serving mulled wine and seasonal treats. And don’t miss Circus 1903, complete with life-sized elephants from the puppet creators of War Horse.

When? 26 November-6 January 2019
Where? Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX

#3 Try a fairytale adventure

Prepare to be wowed as Southwark Park transforms into Alice in Winterland, a unique family lantern experience that tells the story of Alice. This walk-though event uses a trail of lights, along with music and water effects to bring this fairytale adventure to life.

When? 28 November-5 January 2019, 3pm-10pm
Where? Paradise Gate, Jamaica Road SE16 4RS

#4 Embrace the cheese

Watch traders compete in the cracking of the parmesan wheel, listen to local choirs and get advice on creating the best festive cheeseboard at Borough Market’s annual Evening of Cheese. Guest chefs will also be doing cookery demonstrations in the glass-fronted demo kitchen.

When? 12 December, 6pm-9pm
Where? Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL

#5 Time for a tree

Inspired by Narnia, the Elephant Area has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with winter-themed drinks (think snowballs, mulled wine and mulled cider) and snowball fighting games and films. And, while you’re there, you can pick your perfect Christmas tree to take home.

When? 28 November-6 January 2019
Where? Elephant Arena, Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle SE17 1LB

#6 Make a cool yule

Ever fancied making your own yule log, but not sure how? Then get yourself down to the Chocolate Yule Log Masterclass at Mercato Metropolitano, where Maurgaux will show you how to wow your friends with this delicious Christmas centrepiece.

When? 12 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where? Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway SE1 6DR

#7 Catch a train to Winterville

Winterville returns to Clapham Common once again, with promises of an ice rink, roller disco, the Backyard Cinema, a Christmas market, street feast food stalls and the Spiegeltent – complete with the Chivaree Circus, Lucha Britannia Mexican Wrestling, Rabbit Rabbit Comedy and the Mighty Hoopla’s Christmas Jumpergeddon. Don’t miss it.

When? 28 November-23 December, 10am-3pm
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive SW4 9DE

#8 Roam around the riverside

The banks of the River Thames are once again transformed into the Christmas by the River market, bursting with homemade gifts, food and drinks – all served from German-style chalets. Enjoy views of Tower Bridge while sipping a festive cocktail or winter warmer – you know you want to!

When? 29 November-2 January 2019, from 11amWhere? More London Riverside SE1 2DB

#9 Football fever

Grab that last-minute gift for football lovers at The Artworks’ Christmas Vintage Football Market. Along with FIFA 19 and Subbuteo free play, there promises to be retro football tops and memorabilia on sale, complete with free wrapping if you need a helping hand.

When? 20 December, 4pm-10pmWhere? The Artworks London, Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle SE17


For one night only, Elephant & Castle’s ice rink will be transformed into a vibrant Latin American fiesta complete with traditional music, dancing and food. The carnival-themed evening will feature London-based Latin DJ, DJ Cenzio and the Carnaval Del Pueblo dancers. Bumper cars and ice-skating will also be available throughout the evening – there really is something for everyone!

When? 15 December, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Elephant & Castle Ice Rink, Castle Square, Elephant Road, Elephant & Castle SE17 1AY