Things To Do In London On Boxing Day

Laura Reynolds
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Things To Do In London On Boxing Day

Below are the details for 2019. We'll update this page with information for Christmas 2020 when it's announced, so keep checking back.

Somerset House is one of the ice rinks open on Boxing Day

Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board? Take a look at these things happening in London on Boxing Day — and here's a guide to the rest of that weird week between Christmas and New Year.

If you're looking for other things to do in London over the festive period, take a look at our guide to Christmas in London.

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...

ICE SKATING: Get out and about on one of London's many ice skating rinks, twirling and pirouetting to your heart's content at venues ranging from central London rooftops to outer London palaces. Not all will be open today — check before you go.

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, London's best pantos, and the big festive dance shows.

Anyone for a festive carriage ride?

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Head into central London to see London's Christmas lights. You could even hop on a bus and peer down on the sale shopping crowds as you glide through Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly with the lights overhead.

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Christmas is an expensive time of year in London, so indulge in these festive things to do that won't cost a penny — though of course there are plenty of ways to part with your money if you're so inclined.

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. £156.90 for two, book ahead, 10am/12pm/2pm (until 5 January)

Have a go at Tango at Southbank Centre

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. 10am-10pm (until 5 January 2020)

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

Take a look at our guide to everything that's happening in London between Christmas and New Year.

Last Updated 06 January 2020

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