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Visiting London in December 2018

There's so much festive fun in London in December 2018, from Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Carols to the Great Christmas Pudding Race, but there are also plenty of other non-Christmas related events to enjoy, like the London International Horse Show and Champions Tennis. See our picks for December 2018 events below.

New music and classic music will help you enjoy the winter evenings in the stunning locations of iconic and hidden venues across Spitalfields during Spitalfields Music Festival from 3rd to 9th December 2018.

Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th December 2018

Combine the Christmas fun of ice skating with banging club tunes on on selected dates between 5 December 2018 and 11 January 2019 when Skate Lates at Somerset House brings top DJs, cocktails and mulled wine to the ice setting.

On selected dates between 5 December 2018 and 11 January 2019

Covent Garden, London

You’ll probably have never seen as many Santas in one place when many runners dressed as Father Christmas take part in the 5K charity fun run that is the Santa in the City across the streets of London, starting at Millennium Bridge, to be held on 6th December 2018.

Thursday 6th December 2018

Watch the legends of tennis in action once more and relive some of the greatest rivalries of the sport as icons and former Grand Slam winners take part in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall from 6 to 9 December 2018.

Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th December 2108

South Kensington, London

The huge Norwegian Christmas Tree that has been given from Oslo since 1947 will once more be the focal point of Trafalgar Square with its illuminations (lighting ceremony on 6 December 2018) and choirs singing carols during Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree and Carols, with daily performances from Monday 10 to Friday 21 December (excluding Saturday 15 December 2018).

Lighting ceremony on 6 December 2018. The Carol Singing Programme for Christmas 2018 runs from Monday 10 to Friday 21 December, excluding Saturday 15 December 2018.

Westminster, London

The festive version of the egg and spoon race brings plenty of giggles when 150 competitors in fancy dress take on an obstacle course at the Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden Piazza on Saturday 8th December 2018.

Saturday 8th December 2018

Covent Garden, London

Enjoy carols and music from the world-renowned Bach Choir plus the Legion's own Central Band as well as readings by celebrity guests at The Royal British Legion's Christmas Celebration at Guildhall on 12 and 13 December 2018.

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December 2018

City of London, London

Fans of all things equine will love watching the show-jumping competitions and going equestrian shopping at the London International Horse Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre from 17 to 23 December 2018.

Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd December 2018

Kensington, London

Take a stroll along the banks of the Thames between the London Eye and Waterloo Bridge and you’ll be treated to a very festive atmosphere thanks to the wooden chalet stalls selling gifts, decorations and food at the Wintertime Markets at Southbank Centre, on from 9 November to 27 December 2018.

On until Thursday 27th December 2018

South Bank, London

The most iconic place in the capital to celebrate the arrival of the New Year is by the River Thames at the Mayor of London's New Year's Eve Fireworks Display by the London Eye on 31st December 2018, which in 2014 became a ticketed event, and tickets must be purcashed in advance.

Monday 31st December 2018

The Christmas market, ice rink, Santa's Grotto, ice kingdom, food stalls, giant wheel, circus and fairground rides at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland make up one of the most popular festive attractions in the capital, open until 6 January 2019 (closed on Christmas Day).

On until Sunday 6th January 2019 (closed on Christmas Day)

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink provides one of the most picture postcard scenes during the festive period in London, open from 25 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 (closed on Christmas Day).

On until Sunday 20 January 2019 (closed on Christmas Day)

South Kensington, London

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