With Christmas fast approaching, there is a whole host of events taking place across the capital in December to get you in the festive spirit.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Over the past decade, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has grown from an open-air Christmas market to a spectacular extravaganza featuring more than 100 rides and attractions.
Skate around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, enjoy enthralling circus shows, watch world-class dancing in Cinderella on Ice, and see stunning views across London from the giant observation wheel.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is open daily from 10am to 10pm until 1st January 2018, except Christmas Day.
Tube: Hyde Park Corner (0.1 miles)
Greenwich Wintertime Festival
Being held for the first time this year, organisers of the Greenwich Wintertime Festival are describing it as “London’s most unique winter festival ever.”
Taking place in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College throughout December, the event will feature spectacular ice skating performances, live music, theatre, children’s shows and a winter market.
Children will also be able to enjoy the unique Father Christmas Launch Pad, a 15-minute performance in which Santa will fly in on his sleigh.
DLR: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (440ft)
Christmas in Leicester Square
Transforming the centre of London into a festive wonderland, Christmas in Leicester Square hosts traditional Christmas markets, a Santa’s Grotto and a wide variety of shows in the spectacular setting of a 1920s spiegeltent.
Shows include A Christmas Carol, Al Murray’s The Pub Landlord, and the Kids of the West End Musical.
Christmas in Leicester Square takes place until 7th January.
Tube: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)
Portobello Winter Festival
Combining festive cheer with the unique atmosphere of Portobello Road, this winter festival returns for a second year.
Taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, the event will include festive street performances, Santa’s grotto and a hamper and stockings market.
The entertainment kicks off from 5pm on Friday 8th December with a community launch party at Acklam Village Market.
Tube: Ladbroke Grove (0.3 miles)
The Peter Pan Cup
A Christmas Day tradition since 1864, the Serpentine Swimming Club’s Christmas morning handicap sees hardy souls brave the icy waters of Hyde Park in a bid to win the Peter Pan Cup.
Starting close to the Serpentine Café at 9am, the race is a 100 metre dash along the south bank of the lake.
The race is open to Serpentine Swimming Club members only, but spectators are welcome to come along.
Tube: No service on Christmas Day
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