‘Tis the season! As we start to see ice rinks, winter markets and festive lights popping up around the capital, Christmas in London 2021 has finally arrived and we can’t wait for the festive cheer.   

Be sure to wrap up warm before heading out to get involved in everything Christmas in London has to offer this year. With so much going on, there really is something for everyone to enjoy, but to get you started, here’s our top picks of Christmas events in London 2021.


Festive light displays – throughout December

From Oxford Street’s curtains of ‘Spirit of Christmas’ angels to Covent Garden’s illuminated Christmas trees and nutcrackers, and Carnaby Street’s 600 sparkling neon butterflies, head out this month to see the capital lit up by Christmas lights.

Many of the best light displays are also in the best spots for Christmas shopping too, so make sure to look up when you’re browsing and take it all in.


Christmas markets – throughout December

Christmas in London 2021 isn’t complete without a trip to one of the city’s festive markets. Head to Southbank, Winter Wonderland or Leicester Square this month and stroll through London’s most popular Christmas markets. Here, you’ll find gifts for your loved ones, delicious street food and warming mulled wine all in one place!


Backyard Cinema – until 3 January 2022

Showcasing some of the best Christmas blockbusters such as Love Actually and Home Alone, Backyard Cinema returns this month with an immersive experience that will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Get ready to snuggle up in front of the nation’s festive favourites and experience Christmas in London 2021 like never before.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Until 5 June 2022

The renowned wildlife photographer exhibition at the Natural History Museum returns once again, for the 57th year. The annual wildlife photography competition is the largest of its kind, with 2021’s contest attracting more than 50,000 entries from 95 countries!

Be amazed by the shots of animals, birds, insects and sea creatures in their natural and urban environments and learn all about the extraordinary science behind their actions.

Of all the events in December 2021 to check out, this exhibition isn’t to be missed.


Graphic Art Fair – 4 to 5 December

Struggling for Christmas present ideas? We recommend heading to Shoreditch and check out the Graphic Art Fair. Curated by ‘We Made This’, home to the most affordable contemporary modern art prints, the event offers a unique opportunity to buy work from fifty of the world’s top contemporary graphic artists from as little as £15. Go get shopping!