15 Places to visit in London and Surrey at Christmas

Ella on carousel

As a December baby Christmas is, of course, my absolute favourite time of year. There really is nothing better than ringing in the festive season by doing ALL of the Christmassy things.

Mince pies and mulled wine. Christmas music twinkly lights and of course spending lots of time with those that you love.

Every Christmas we love visiting new places and trying new things with the children and this year is no different.

One of my favourite things to do in the run-up to Christmas is finding out what events, experiences and shows will be happening in London and Surrey over the festive period.

I’ve learnt from experience that the best things get booked up as soon as they are available so I make sure I start thinking about what we want to do pretty early.

So I’ve put together a list of some of my favourites places to visit in London and Surrey at Christmas.

Ella on big wheel

Ella ice skating

Inspiration for things to do London and Surrey at Christmas

Winter wonderland

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, fantastic shows, delicious food and drink, ice skating and a hugeeeee Christmas fair.

Bluebell Railway

Getting a visiting from Santa on a train whilst the adults enjoy mince pies and mulled wine before stopping at a Victorian fairground ticks all the boxes for an experience that is memorable. We took our little ones for this special train ride last Christmas and would highly recommend it!

Hever Castle

Christmas at Hever Castle is hugely popular and sells out almost as soon as the tickets are released. Huskies, Christmas trails and vintage fairgrounds are just a few of the special little touches that Hever put on for their guests at Christmas.

Royal Albert Hall

Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall is a pretty special place to meet Father Christmas if ever there was one. We took our little ones a few years ago and had a wonderful time. If you’d like to see what Christmas at the Royal Albert hall looks like you can watch the video we made from our visit at the bottom of this post.

Lapland UK

If you can’t quite make it to Finland, Lapland UK is a great place to visit with little ones. A truly magical and totally immersive winter wonderland experience. From huskies to Christmas themed workshops and of course a chance to meet the great man in red himself.

Ice Skating

There are so many places to ice skate across London and Surrey during the festive season that we’re spoilt for choice. Some of the best rinks can be found at the Natural History Museum, The Tower of London, Hampton Court and Somerset House.

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew comes to life at night with its festival trail of lights and moonlit woods dressed in a million twinkling lights. For little ones, there is a vintage fairground and a chance to meet Father Christmas and his elves.

Christmas at London Zoo 

London Zoo is bringing their pathways to life by light whilst the animals sleep at night. So if you fancy something a little different but with all the festive cheer of Christmas, London Zoo may be well worth exploring.


If you like the idea of a light show but on a much bigger scale Longleat is one to check out. This year they are bringing back their popular Festival of Light show, Winter Safari and Santa Train which makes this one action-packed day out this Christmas.

Hogwarts in the snow

For all the little (and big) Harry Potter fans out there, Hogwarts in the snow is sure to be a hit. Our little ones haven’t quite got into Harry Potter just yet, but if they were this is one place that I can imagine being pretty magical at Christmas.


For the older kids, Winterville is a fantastic place to visit, with ice skating, tasty food vans and a backyard cinema showing every Christmas classic you can think of.

Christmas films at the Cinema

For something a little lower key there are some great films like The Nutcracker and The Grinch out in the cinema for little ones this Christmas.

Theatre Shows

Christmas is also a great time to head to the theatre as there is so much on offer like Stickman and The Snowman which are both running during the festive season.

Ballet Shows

Christmas will always be a wonderful time to visit the Ballet and see classics like the Nutcracker and Swan Lake which are always beautiful to watch.

Pantomime Shows

If you enjoy the pantomime you’re sure to be spoilt at Christmas with just about every show you can think of running like Snow White, Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Rapunzel, Peter Pan to name just a few.

There’s so much to see and do I hope you’ve found a few ideas on here of things you’d love to do in London and Surrey at Christmas, and if you have let me know which ones you’re planning to visit! 

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15 things to do in London with kids at Christmas

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