5 Fantastic Free Experiences to Celebrate Christmas in London


During the festive season, London is the perfect place to be. The city comes alive with beautiful Christmas light displays, bustling markets, and exciting art trails. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry – there are plenty of affordable experiences to enjoy. Keep reading to find out more and have a fantastic time in the capital city!

See London’s Christmas Lights Display

London’s world-renowned light displays are switched on from early November and run until early January, providing everyone with the opportunity to admire them! If you’re planning a festive holiday in London, be sure to marvel at Oxford Street’s iconic dangling stars display. Next, head up to Regent Street to gaze at the unparalleled beauty of the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ display. Finally, conclude your day as you explore the vibrant ‘Carnaby Universe’ lights display, featuring neon light waves for an unforgettable experience. Book the perfect dreamy holiday stay at The Chilworth London Paddington and explore the best lights display and festive markets, all steps away from you!

Explore the Charming Christmas Markets

With a plethora of Christmas markets to visit in London, you’ll find it hard to take your pick and fit some of these spectacular markets into your itinerary. Well, the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market, running until 26th December is sure to top the list with its collection of wooden chalets beautifully decorated with lights! You can take a stroll through the market and enjoy the festive atmosphere while the majestic river flows right next to you.

If you’re looking for a central London market to explore, the Leicester Square Christmas market is an excellent choice. It also extends to Trafalgar Square with exquisite restaurants near Paddington for a complete experience like a true Londoner!

Experience the Winter by The River Festival

As the oh-so-popular Winter by the River seasonal festival pops up at London Bridge City, make sure to time your visit to coincide with the fantastic free choir performances in Hay’s Galleria. Make the most of your day as you enjoy some soul-soothing live music and take a heart-warming stroll to gaze up at the Thames surrounded by twinkling lights! Don’t forget to treat yourself to a steaming hot beverage to enjoy one of the most iconic city skyline views.

The Snowman Sculptures

Embark on an extraordinary adventure by discovering the 12 iconic sculptures of The Snowman, which are scattered around the Fleet Street Area in London for a free art trail. These sculptures, each decorated by a different artist, represent a day from the famous song 12 Days of Christmas. To enhance your experience, treat yourself to a flavourful afternoon tea near Paddington and explore the Ludgate Hill area and Chancery Lane to locate The Snowman sculptures.

Christmas Carols at St Paul’s

There’s nothing that comes close to the experience of attending a Christmas carol concert in London. The legendary St Paul’s Cathedral hosts a series of free carol concerts every year that you must attend! Be it the traditional carols, Handel’s Messiah, or family-friendly services, you’re in for a memorable celebration with the St. Paul Cathedral’s Christmas Carol Service on 23rd December and 24th December’23!

Include these affordable Christmas experiences in your itinerary and don’t forget to pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa near Paddington to make your trip even more memorable!