Things to do – Christmas 2016

Things to do – Christmas 2016

 Oxford Street Christmas Lights 5

The Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on will see 1778 snowball-like decorations (and  750,000 LED lightbulbs) lit up once again for what is the fifty-seventh year the road has been decorated for the festive period. Plus, this year the lights have a charity partner: the NSPCC. To celebrate the launch of its Little Stars campaign, the charity asks Londoners to donate £5 to dedicate one of the star-shaped lights to a loved one. Oxford St, Fitzrovia Until Friday January 6 2017






The Brunswick Lights Up For Christmas 6

The modernist marvel that is the Brunswick Centre will be lit up and livened up this festive season with the help of a stream of festive lights until January 6 2017. The Brunswick’s usual shops and restaurants will see added sparkle, glitz and glam and should make for one seriously festive shopping trip. Brunswick, Bloomsbury Until Friday January 6 2017






Carnaby Christmas Lights 7

This year, the inspiration for Carnaby’s Christmas lights comes from the V&A’s new exhibition ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’. Carnaby Christmas decorations – usually among the most distinctive in town – will remain on display until January 6. Carnaby Street, Soho Until Friday January 6 2017






Christmas Lights on the Strand 8

The Northbank was the first area in London to get electric street lighting. More than 100 years on, the Strand and nearby Villiers Street will be decorated with London’s greenest Christmas lights, powered by a biofuel based on cooking oils collected from London’s restaurants. Seriously. Shining from 4pm daily. The Strand, Charing Cross Until Friday January 6 2017





Christmas in Leicester Square market 9

The capital’s latest Crimbo destination ‘Christmas in Leicester Square’ will be home to a grotto, a vintage Speigeltent and a traditional Christmas market to stock up on all your trinkets and twinkles. Leicester Square , Leicester Square Until Sunday January 8 2017







Southbank Centre Christmas Market 10

The annual Christmas market at the Southbank Centre is a cute collection of chalets selling gifts and crafts. There are also family-friendly rides, carol singers, food stalls and loads of pretty lights to add to the atmosphere. Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 8 2017









The Swedish Church Christmas Fair 11

Have a very Scandi Christmas with the help of this traditional fair selling all sorts of festive Swedish treats, crafts and gifts. A pop-up café in the church hall will serve open sandwiches with meatballs and cheese and the Swedes’ take on mulled wine: glögg. Swedish Church , Marylebone Thursday November 17 2016 – Sunday November 20 2016







Christmas Market at Tate Modern 12

Pretty wooden chalets will fill the space between the Tate Modern every winter for this traditional Christmas market. Browse handmade wooden toys, unique jewellery, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into bratwurst, crêpes, roasted nuts or a warming cup of glühwein. A carousel and festive music help add to the Christmas spirit. Bankside, London SE1 9TG





Broadgate Ice Rink 13

After nearly 30 years of popping up in the middle of Broadgate Circle, Broadgate ice rink moved to Exchange Square in 2014 and has made itself a firm favourite. The outdoor rink offers group bookings, skating aids and lessons, and there will be a schedule of special events announced in due course. Exchange Square, Primrose St, London EC2A 2BQ








Canary Wharf Ice Rink 14

Our business district’s soaring towers lend Canary Wharf Ice Rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings, this year themed ‘Luminosity’. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below fairy light-laden trees. A pop-up bar and restaurant will serve everything from sandwiches and ales to cheese fondue and hot buttered rum. Canada Square Park , Canary Wharf Until Saturday February 25 2017




Eyeskate 15

The open-air London Eye ice rink is situated in front of the big wheel itself, its pods gently floating past you as you glide. You don’t need to book a flight on the Eye in order to skate but various packages are on offer for those who wish to do so. Sessions last 45 minutes. Under-8s must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Booking recommended (and cheaper). Lambeth, London SE1 7PB






Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink 16

Henry VIII’s sixteenth-century pad makes a mighty picturesque backdrop for this 900-metre-square outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark. Wrap up warm and take a turn on the ice in this regal back yard. Hampton Court Palace , London Friday November 25 2016 – Sunday January 8 2017