13 Free Things to do in London This Festive Season

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London is one of the best cities in the world during the festive season. With countless events, bars and unique locales, the city welcomes in all manner of unique celebrations over the December period, making the Park Grand London Hyde Park and our other centrally located hotels the best places at which to celebrate a truly London Christmas.

Whether it’s your first time visiting London or your hundredth, there are countless events and opportunities dotted around the city. The problem is that what with all your present buying, travel expenses and general Christmas generosity, you might be a little tight on the purse strings when it comes to exploring the city. The festive period sees families and friends invest both money and time to each other, and so during your off days in the cities, you might want to find something a little cheaper to enjoy.

That’s why we’ve compiled this extensive list of festive events and attractions that will cost you nothing at all to visit. Whilst he may have lived here, there are definitely no Scrooges in our London!

Enchanted Woodland Syon Park

The Enchanted Woodland attraction of Syon Park is one of the most festive spots in South West London. Based next to Kew Gardens, this glittering wonderland of lights and decorations festoon the beautiful lake and grounds, making for a new way to enjoy the historic arboretum.

Windsor Castle Christmas Tree

For guests of our Hyde Park boutique hotel, the Windsor Christmas Tree gives you the chance to explore a little further afield than the centre of the city. This historic castle and park are one of the official residences of the Royal Family, and the Christmas Tree set up in the courtyard is suitably majestic too.

South Bank Winter Festival

There’s nothing quite like a crisp winter walk along the River Thames, and with the Winter Festival at the South Bank Centre, you have even more reason to explore the iconic South Bank. With market stalls selling stocking fillers and seasonal street food, you’ll also find the Royal Festival Hall itself host workshops and carol singing throughout the holiday period.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Carols

Another Christmas Tree to tick off your London list, guests at hotels in Paddington London and beyond will no doubt be drawn to this sparkling marvel for not only its sight but its sound too. With weekly Christmas Carol singing in the iconic square, guests can turn up for free and enjoy or join in with the festive tunes.

Winter Forest Broadgate Circle

Based just off of Spitalfields in London Liverpool Street, Broadgate Circle is an East London commercial square that is easily reachable for guests at hotels in Barbican London. With the square transformed into a winter forest, complete with pine trees and chic market stall grottos, commuters can now feel that little bit more Christmassy on their way to and from their office.

Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral

Another free carol singing venue, the historic St Paul’s Cathedral is the jewel in the London Christmas cathedral crown. With weekly carol and church services ranging from free and unticketed to free with advanced booking, guests can enjoy singing from the St Paul’s Choir and even the London Fire Brigade.

Christmas By The River at London Bridge

Drink in the London skyline with a glass of brandy in hand, because Christmas By The River takes to the London Bridge bankside area once again this year. Open from the 26th of November, customers can enjoy 70 wood cabins alongside street food and independent vendors selling only the best of Christmas goods and stocking fillers.

Kingston Christmas Market

Take a trip to the borough of Kingston in South West London and you’ll be treated to one of the best Christmas festivals within the city limits. With vibrant decor and hundreds of street food market stall, this often-overlooked borough of the city really does the festive season in true tinselly style.

Richmond Park Winter Walks

Whilst it’s not decorated in Christmassy get-ups, the royal park itself is a true winter wonderland, especially when you take into account the herds of deer roaming the grasslands. There’s no better park to enjoy a Boxing Day stroll in, and with 2500 acres of grass and woodland to explore, your seasonal family ramble could turn into an all-out hike if you want it to. 

Covent Garden Christmas

The 7 Dials in Covent Garden is already the go-to shopping district for spot-on Christmas gifts. With Covent Garden Market full of boutiquey shops and beautiful gifts, you’ll be swept away by the street performers, Christmas lights and general good cheer right in the heart of the city’s commercial district. With a broad collection of traditional British Pubs to retreat to and cosy up in when the weather gets that little bit too biting, Covent Garden represents everything we love about Christmas in the capital.

Christmas Lights at…

When visiting London, there are certain streets which always take the biscuit when it comes to seasonal decor. Mostly reserved for the main shopping districts, you’ll not want to miss these unique streets, all giving you a free light show with the early English early sunsets.

Oxford Circus

As the busiest high street in Europe, you might want to take a breather from the stressful crowds and Christmas sales on Oxford Street. If the last-minute shopping for the children getting a little too much, simply take a look upwards to the lights festooned along and across the Oxford Street buildings, and you’ll be reminded what the season is all about.

Bond Street

Bond Street is another high street full to the brim with opulent lighting. Whether you’re enjoying a spot of Christmas shopping or dining in one of the fantastic restaurants in the area, Bond Street will fill your heart with magic after the lights are turned on on the 21st of November.

Carnaby Street

A more intimate Christmas display, Carnaby Street’s tea rooms and boutiques are a true representation of the style West London has always had. With the addition of the seasonal Christmas lights, the street will draw you in like cold hands around a cup of cocoa.

Book your room now to experience all things festive (and free!) in London this season.