Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Wondering what's open between then and New Year? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board?
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ICE SKATING: Get out in the fresh air and take to the ice on London's winter pop-up skating rinks. From Royal Parks to rooftops and museum gardens, they're appearing all over the place. Most of them have bars and cafes on site, if turkey stocks are running low at home.
WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven't visited before, and best of all, it's free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two...
DAY TRIPS: Want to get out of London for a day? We've mapped some of our favourite day trips from the capital — perhaps leave the seaside trips until the summer, but why not visit a new town, city or museum.
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA: From new releases to old classics, Leicester Square favourite Prince Charles Cinema screens a wealth of films between Christmas and New Year — think Spiderman, Trainspotting, The Irishman, The Matrix, Free Solo, and a few NT Live Encore screenings of this summer's West End hit, Fleabag.
THEATRE SHOWS: If the pre-Christmas frenzy left you with no time to head to the theatre, why not check out the festive shows which are still on? We've picked the best theatre shows in London this Christmas, the family-friendly performances to take the kids to, and the big festive dance shows.
EXHIBITIONS: Why not use this downtime to catch up on a bit of culture? Several of London's large exhibitions are still running between Christmas and the New Year, although do check gallery and museum websites for changes in opening times this week. Our picks include Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum, Top Secret at Science Museum, Tutankhamun at Saatchi Gallery, and William Hogarth at Sir John Soane's Museum.
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Experience Richmond Park from the luxury of a horse-drawn carriage (or brake, if you want to get technical about it). Take a 75-minute ride through the Royal Park, preceded by a behind the scenes tour of the working stables. 29 November 2019-5 January 2020
CHRISTMAS AT KEW: You'll need to book way in advance if you want to take a wander through the light trail at Kew Gardens between Christmas and New Year, as tickets are selling out fast. A twinkling waterfall and a forest of vines are new additions this year, along with the usual light tunnel, fire garden and Victorian funfair. One of our favourite annual events in London. 20 November 2019-5 January 2020
WINTER WONDERLAND: The Hyde Park behemoth is open until the new year, and in the past we've found that's a bit less crowded after Christmas. As well as the funfair rides, this year's event hosts a special cinema, ice kingdom, circus and more. 21 November 2019-5 January 2020
GINGERBREAD CITY: Clap eyes (but not teeth) on a model city made entirely of gingerbread. The festive installation is the work of teams of architects, engineers and designers who compete against each other to try to create the winning design. 7 December 2019-5 January 2020
Christmas Eve: Tuesday 24 December 2019
FIVE GO JIVING: Dance your way into Christmas at Five Go Jiving, a free, family-friendly dance session. Turn up at 12pm to take a free swing dancing class covering the basic steps, before the band arrives to play a mixture of jive, jazz and dance music. 12pm
DICKENS OF A CITY: Join Footprints of London guide David Charnick for a wander through Charles Dickens' London, interspersed with readings from the author's work. Old inns, counting houses and debtors' prisons feature both in his writing and on this walk. 2.30pm-4.30pm
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25 December 2019
CHRISTMAS DINNER: You'll need to book in advance if you want to eat out in London on Christmas Day. Here's our pick of the restaurants and hotels serving Christmas dinner in London.
Boxing Day: Thursday 26 December 2019
QUEER TANGO: Tango organisations Tango on the Thames, Queer Tango London and Tango Terra come together for an inclusive tango event at Southbank Centre. Spend the afternoon taking part in lessons and social dancing, and enjoying live performances, al accompanied by DJs and live music. 2pm
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WALK: Pub+food+Christmas lights = bliss. Begin this festive walk in a pub with a roaring fire, before winding through the back streets and hidden passages of the West End, hearing food and drink themed historical snippets as you go, before emerging to see the Christmas lights and window displays of the area in all their glory. 5pm-6.45pm
Friday 27 December 2019
SOHO PUB WALK: Tour guide Richard Watkins leads a pub-themed jaunt through Soho. Visit a famous London department store which had its own local, a pub with an infamous pump on the street outside and one with an arm-less bard. 2.30pm-4.30pm
JOHN WILLIAMS: Hear the work of film composer John Williams performed by the London Concsert Orchestra. Music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park and several other very well known films is on the programme. 7.30pm
Saturday 28 December 2019
FOUR SEASONS: Enjoy Vivaldi's Four Seasons masterpiece in an atmospheric concert, staged by candlelight. Work by other 18th century composers including Bach and Handel also features. 2.30pm
GATSBY CHRISTMAS PARTY: Party like it's the '20s — the 1920s, that is — at Cecil Sharp House's Gatsby Christmas party. The Art Deco Orchestra play tracks from the 1920s and 1930s, with dancing, party games and a licensed bar to keep you entertained. Period dress encouraged. 7.45pm-11pm
Sunday 29 December 2019
CITY IN THE BLITZ: The period between Christmas and New Year's Eve 1940 provided Londoners with something of a respite from the Blitz... until one dramatic night which left a third of the City of London in flames. Join London Metropolitan Archives for a walking tour through the City, looking at some of the areas which were affected by that particular aerial bombing campaign. 11am-1pm
SHOW TUNES: Jazz hands at the ready for an evening of The Greatest Show Tunes. The high-energy show has performers singing tunes from the likes of The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia, Dreamgirls, Phantom of the Opera and other favourites, live on stage. 7.30pm
Monday 30 December 2019
PARADE CONCERTS: Ahead of the New Year's Day Parade on Wednesday, some of the bands and performers involved like to warm up at pre-parade concerts. Today, you can see a selection of school, concert and brass bands live, either at Cadogan Hall or at St John's Smith Square. 7.30pm
ZIMMER VS. WILLIAMS: Hans Zimmer and John Williams are two of the greatest film composers, and now their work goes head to head. The Music of Zimmer vs Williams is a performance by the London Concert Orchestra, interweaving some of their iconic scores. 7.30pm
New Year's Eve: Tuesday 31 December 2019
Take a look at our guide to spending New Year's Eve in London, whether you're looking for a peaceful day around town or a wild night of partying.
New Year's Day: Wednesday 1 January 2020
NEW YEAR'S DAY PARADE: If you've never been awake at a decent hour on New Year's Day, you may be unaware that a right racket of a parade stomps its way through town. The New Year's Day Parade has all manner of performers and floats, from London boroughs to classic cars to American high school bands. One year, Eddie the Eagle made an appearance, but there's no such A-list glamour this year. Still worth a watch if you're in the area and can stand a bit of noise though. From 12pm
BARBICAN CONSERVATORY: For a more gentle introduction to 2020, take an afternoon stroll around the City of London's tropical conservatory. Among Barbican's brutalist architecture lies something of a green paradise, with trees, plants, cacti, fish, and even a few terrapins. 12pm-5pm
CLASSIC CARS: London's classic car drivers are roaring into the year with the first Park It in the Market of 2020 in Greenwich. Vintage cars and motor bikes park up for the public to admire them, while the market stalls are open for business as usual. 2pm-6pm