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Things to do at Christmas in London 2017

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 2017.

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).

The Heart of Christmas

Christmas in London 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 2017 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.

Key Dates for Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve 2017 is on a Sunday (December 24th)

Christmas Day 2017 is on a Monday (December 25th)

Boxing Day 2017 is on a Tuesday (December 26th)

New Year's Eve 2017 is on a Sunday (December 31st)

New Year's Day, January 1st, 2018 is on a Monday

Christmas Insights

Charles Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol' in just six weeks. It's not clear whether Ebenezer Scrooge was based on a real character, but his transformation from miserable miser is echoed in the movie 'It's a Wonderful Life'.

The official definition of a white christmas in the UK comes from the British Met Office and requires that snow is seen falling in any quantity in the 24 hours of Christmas Day. If there's snow on the ground, but it fell in the days before the 25th, it doesn't officially count.

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.

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.

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