Christmas in London is really wonderful. Stunning christmas lights on many of the busiest streets, festive events, christmas markets with treats, gifts and delicious seasonal food - and of course lots of places to hang out with friends and family to soak up the atmosphere. This site covers all the best things to do during Christmas in London 2015.
We have organised the site into (hopefully) helpful sections, with the most popular pages including christmas markets, christmas hotels and things to do with kids at xmas. If you are looking for something a little different to do over the festive season, take a look at the cryptically titled unusual. It's all about what to do at Christmas in London (mainly November and December).
Trafalgar Square is generally considered not just to be the heart of London, but the focus of the whole of London at Christmas - every year a tree is gifted by Norway to the UK.
Trafalgar Square has also become a huge focus for New Year's Eve where thousands of people celebrate at midnight. Last year was crazy, and we imagine 2015 will be exactly the same.
In recent years the area has become more pedestrianised so it's much better to walk around, and if you do find yourself there during the day, we recommend visiting the wonderful National Portrait Gallery on the North side.
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2015 is on a Thursday
Christmas Day, December 25th, 2015 is on a Friday
Boxing Day, December 26th, 2015 is on a Saturday
New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2015 is on a Thursday
New Year's Day, January 1st, 2015 is on a Friday
The first broadcast royal speech on Christmas Day was from King George V in 1932. Originally only on the radio, today the message is broadcast on television, radio, and the internet by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day 1066 at Westminster Abbey in London. What many people don't know is that the famous invasion that same year was actually blessed by Pope Alexander II.
Jingle Bells was originally a song for Thanksgiving (not Christmas) in America in 1857. Called "One Horse Open Sleigh" it was eventually renamed to the catchier title and went on to become a xmas classic.
London and Christmas go hand in hand. The beauty of the Christmas lights, great shopping for those amazing gifts and the fun of walking around the the world's greatest city soaking up the festive atmosphere. England is a perfect place to spend a christmas holiday - you get all the tradition and the appropriate weather..
Why a Christmas Card Shows You Don’t Care
Christmas is almost upon us. I tend to resist the pressure until December when I realize “Christmas really IS here.” But of course by then I should have sent out my Christmas cards.
by Louisa Leontiades
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Sir Henry Cole commissioned the first commercial christmas card in the mid 19th Century. The card was illustrated by John Callcott Horsley and showed a family drinking wine. He sold out of his first 2000 print run.