Things to do in London and Surrey This Christmas

Christmas carousel

Christmas plans for this year are looking very thin on the ground so I thought I’d pull together some ideas on things to do in London and Surrey this Christmas for families.

If like me you’re still trying to figure out what you’re going to do this Christmas to make it special yet safe, and at the same time not too different this will hopefully be a helpful post.

It’s the best of what’s I’ve found that’s still on this Christmas. There’s not a lot, but there’s just enough to make it special.


Christmas Lights

If you fancy a trip into town you can take little ones to see the Christmas lights in central London. Take your pick from Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden which has been decked out with a 60ft Christmas tree.

Christmas at Selfridges

Selfridges have got a number of exciting events on this Christmas including breakfast with Santa, a reindeer hunt around the store, elf school and a movie-thon amongst other things.

But if you don’t fancy taking a trip to London they’re also running a number of virtual events like dial a Santa which sound fantastic.

Selfridges is personally one of my favourite places to go to at this time of year because they really know how to do Christmas!

Drive in Cinema

Try a Christmas family film experience with a difference with a drive-in Christmas movie. The Parking Lot Social will be showing three Christmas classics; Home Alone, Elf and Love Actually on two huge 40ft screens in Syon Park in Brentford.

While you safely socially distance in your car you can order food from the onsite Christmas food market and listen to live DJs on-site which sounds pretty cool.

Drive in Panto

If Panto is more your thing, The Parking Lot Social is also bringing the stage to your car (as they put it) with Cinderella. As with the drive-in Christmas movies, you can order food to your car making this another fun socially distanced night out.

Ice Skating

If you’re looking for a day time activity there are some lovely ice skating rinks in and around the capital at this time of year. Like Hampton Court Palace ice rink and The Queens House ice rink in Greenwich.

However, there arent as many ice rinks as last year with lots of places deciding to not open in 2020 so if you want to visit one this year get your booking in quickly.


For the perfect prequel to Christmas Rod Campbell’s classic children’s book, Dear Santa is being brought to life on stage at the Riverside Theatre in Hammersmith.


Kew Gardens in Richmond always puts on a magical Christmas light installation and this year is no different as it’s after dark trail returns for the eighth year.

With a new route through the rose garden, illuminated tunnels and festive drinks and food under the stars (and many twinkling lights), I think this sounds like a wonderful socially distanced display for this Christmas.



RHS Wisley, one of our favourite gardens has created their longest ever illuminated trail called Glow 2020. The gardens are pretty stunning without the lights so I know this will just be spectacular if you can get a ticket.

Theme Parks

If you fancy something a little more adventurous a Winters Tail at Chessington World of Adventures is packed full of fun activities including a Gruffalo themed Christmas panto, some messy cookie making fun, storytime with Elmer, and of course rides, animals and a visit to the big man in red.

Drive in Cinema

Tulleys Farm in Crawley is showing all the classic Christmas films over the festive period in their drive-in cinema which boasts two large LED screens.

But they aren’t just stopping there, you can also see Santa, decorate cookies and build a bear whilst enjoying whatever takes your fancy from the drive-in diner which will deliver dinner to your car.

So there you have it, not the longest “things to do at Christmas” list I’ve ever written (here’s the list I wrote for Christmas last year as a comparison) but I hope you find some inspiration for things to do in London and Surrey this Christmas.

Whatever you decide to do this year I hope it’s special. Stay safe everyone. Happy Christmas!


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