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What's On in London? December 2023

There is a magic in the air at this time of the year, especially in London, making for the perfect opportunity to explore the festive wonders this city has to offer.

From singing along to carols at the Royal Albert Hall to exploring the Christmas markets, the capital will guarantee you have plenty to do throughout the month.

So, what are you waiting for? Show some love for London and the amazing places that make up the city, by reading our ‘What’s On’ guide below:

Winter Wonderland

Arguably taking the top place in London’s festive calendar, Winter Wonderland is not one to be missed this December. Come along and see for yourself the marvels this magical place has to offer! Strap yourself in for a thrilling ride on the Munich Looping Rollercoaster, or rather, take a more relaxing trip on the Giant Wheel. If cosying up in the warmth is more to your style, Thor’s Tipi Bar, and The Arctic Lodge may be more your thing.

Distance from The Hari: 0.5 miles
Photo Credit: Giles Smith

Iceskating at Somerset House

It’s time to get your gloves and scarves on, ice skating has officially returned to Somerset House! Known as a London cornerstone in the winter season, Somerset House has transformed this year into the magical Swiss countryside, thanks to the help of the Switzerland Tourist Board. From relaxed sessions and skating lessons, to rink-side DJ’s and a Whispering Angel Skate Lounge, you won’t want to miss out on this incredible activity.

Distance from The Hari: 1.9 miles
Photo Credit: Somerset House

Christmas Carols at Royal Albert Hall

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the beautiful sound of carollers singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing at the top of their lungs! Located in the magnificently grand Royal Albert Hall, treat yourself to a classically festive afternoon activity; listening and signing along to Christmas carols. With availability on the 16th, 17th , 21st-24th December, witness soloists such as Jess Gillam and Greg Beardsell bring the magic of carols to life.

Distance from The Hari: 0.9 miles
Photo Credit:  TimeOut

Walking with The Snowman

Get the whole family involved with this spectacular Snowman art trail this winter. Paying tribute to a timeless winter classic, The Snowman, explore a free arty trail of twelve beautifully decorated snowmen hidden around The Fleet Street Quarter. In partnership with Wild in Art and Penguin’s Random House, the snowmen are also all individually painted and stand on top of plinths made from recycled plastic.

Distance from The Hari: 2.4 miles
Photo Credit: Secret London

Christmas Retail Therapy

What a better way to spend a December afternoon than wondering around London’s many Christmassy shops and markets! From Battersea Power Station and Christmas by the river, to Anya’s Christmas Grotto and the Spirit of Christmas Fair, you won’t be short of unique gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy a wander with a warming mulled wine or hot chocolate in hand, and a delicious treat from one of the many stalls and shops!

Distance from The Hari: Varied
Photo Credit: Secret London

Winter Horse Carriage Ride

Explore further a field by taking a trip to Richmond Park to enjoy a horse carriage ride. Drawn by two beautiful Shire horses from the last working herd in London, explore the beauty this park has to offer whilst fuelling up on warming sloe gin and mince pies. The lovely ride also gives listeners the opportunity to learn about the history of the park and spot the magnificent wildlife the park has to offer, such as beautiful deer.

Distance from The Hari: 6.4 miles
Photo Credit: Secret London

Winnie The Pooh: Exploring a Classic

Explore the wonders of a whimsical, multi-sensory exhibition of one of Britain’s most loved fictional character, Winnie The Pooh, at the well renowned Victoria and Albert Museum this December. The exhibition focuses on the story behind the incredible partnership of E.H Sherpard and A.A Milne through a series of letters, photographs and sketches.

Distance from The Hari: 0.7 miles
Photo Credit: V&A

Southbank Winter Festival

If you are looking for something to bring the whole family together this Christmas, the Southbank Centre Winter Festival is the perfect activity for everyone to enjoy. Full of spectacular shows, empowering Bollywood-esque dance classes and free outdoor light exhibitions, there truly is something for everyone, no matter the age.

Distance from The Hari: 1.7 miles
Photo Credit: TimeOut

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