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Christmas events, experiences and installations to enjoy in 2020

Get ready to make the most of this year’s festive period with our list of Christmas events, experiences and pop-ups in London 2020.

There’s no doubt that Christmas is going to look slightly different this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been cancelled. There is still plenty going on in London, with immersive experiences and Christmassy cocktails galore. 

From a pop-up cinema showing all the best Christmas classics to outdoor events like Winterfest’s illuminations, we’re seeing organisers work with Covid-19 restrictions, get creative and put on brilliant days and nights out that are social distance-friendly and safe to attend, while being a lot of fun, too.

So, don’t throw your Santa hat in the bin just yet, take a look at our list of Christmas-themed events, experiences and activities in London and we think you’ll be “ho, ho, ho-ing” again in no time.

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  • Lower Stable Street Christmas market

    Lower Stable Street Christmas market

    Coal Drops Yard is hosting a creative Christmas market featuring an eclectic mix of independent brands, creatives and makers. It will be running Friday to Sunday every week until Christmas, and feature food, drink and independent makers. 

    Expect mince pies, hot mulled wine, street food, flowers, crafts, Christmas trees and much more.

  • Christmas at The Ned

    The Ned Christmas tree

    The Ned is the ultimate Christmas venue. Located in Bank, this century-old building is home to a plethora of restaurants which are all united by a central stage where you’ll often find live music, especially at this time of year.

    Over the Christmas period every Sunday evening, famed choirmaster Gareth Malone will be leading a Christmas carol service which guests can watch from one of the restaurants while enjoying a set festive menu, all of which is illuminated by the largest twinkling wreath in the City.

    The Ned is also home to one of the most impressive Christmas trees in London; a 22-foot British-grown Premier Nordman which is dressed with 4,000 traditional fairy lights, golden leather leaf ferns and more than 1,000 gold, ivory and champagne baubles by in-house florists Grandirosa.

    Book a brunch or dinner at one of the venues inside and marvel at the festive decorations. Try the festive afternoon tea, opt for a Christmas Day dinner like never before at Millie’s Lounge or Cecconi’s or indulge at the Boxing Day feast.  

  • Eccleston Yards’ Christmas market

    Every Friday through to Sunday starting from 4 December, Eccleston Yards will be hosting their Christmas-themed market with a mix of food, plants, jewellery and homeware stalls. 

     The market will be taking place from 11am to 5pm every day with live music from emerging artists starting from midday.

    It’s located just a stone’s throw from Victoria Station and has an impressive food offering, so be sure to come hungry. Foodies will be pleased to discover that Wild by Tart is there with a seasonal menu focused on their charcoal grills and wood oven. Or pop into Morena, a Latin American-inspired café, and Jones Family Kitchen, known for its glorious steaks and other meat specials.

  • The Hawk's Nest

    Christmas events, experiences and installations to enjoy in 2020
    Christmas events, experiences and installations to enjoy in 2020

    The Hawks Nest is an al fresco drinking and dining hub based in Shepard’s Bush, in a twinkling, Christmas-ready venue. 

    This year The Hawk’s Nest is launching its first-ever Christmas Market on Sundays (13 December and 20 December) from 12pm. There will be a whole host of vendors selling beautiful homeware accessories and interior design trinkets to buy for yourself or as Christmas presents.

    There will also be a Christmas pub quiz on Monday 14 December and a Christmas carol service on Sunday 20 December.

  • Winterfest

    Best Christmas events and experiences in London: Winterfest

    After gaining lots of attention last year, free immersive light festival Winterfest is returning to Wembley Park on Thursday 26 November 2020. 

    You can take a wander down the illuminated light trail every day from 12pm to 10pm, up until Sunday 17 January 2021. 

    The theme for Winterfest this year is ‘United in Light’ with an aim to spread hope and joy to the Wembley Park community and its visitors this festive period. 

    This year, they will also unveil a brand new, specially commissioned light installation named ‘Reflections of the Future’, which will immerse guests in hope for a positive future. The mirrored audio-visual installation is described as a ‘mesmerising display of visual illusion that will create a sense of wonder and joy for visitors.’ Exciting!

  • Miracle at Henrietta

    Best Christmas events and experiences in London: Miracle at Henrietta

    Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up bar renowned across America for its creative cocktails garnished with a side of kitsch, is launching this November in London’s Covent Garden at one very special spot.

    The Henrietta Hotel is known for its millennial pink bathrooms and is part of the Experimental Group (which also owns the Hotel des Grandes Boulevard in Paris) and on 16 November it will also become home to the UK’s version of this Christamas-tastic pop-up.

    Head along to see the tinsel-covered decor with a nostalgic twist, try cocktail concoctions such as the Bad Santa and SanTaRex and try all of the festive nibbles on offer.

  • Cinema in the Snow

    Step through an unassuming wardrobe on Copeland Road in Peckham and you’ll be transported to a cosy, snow-covered wonderland. One for escapists and cinephiles alike, the Cinema in the Snow by Pop-Up Screens is showing a range of classic Christmas films through December, ranging from Love Actually and Home Alone to The Grinch and Elf. They’re even showing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, in keeping with the theme of wardrobe facilitated magic. 

    There is also a bar where you can pick up warming mulled wine and tasty winter treats to enjoy while you watch the film, to help you make the most of your relaxing winter evening.

    Tickets start from £19.50.

  • Miracle at 34

    34 Mayfair is known for its “more is more” approach to Christmas decorations, but this year the restaurant has really gone above and beyond. 2020’s out-of-this-world display features an incredible 14,000 decorations, which deck the walls and ceilings of the already very lovely dining room. 

    Designed in partnership with Nyetimber, an English luxury wine producer, the installation’s festive adornments feature 8,400 brilliantly coloured baubles that help to welcome guests to a very merry and bright dining experience. 

    The restaurant is open all through December, and even offers a special menu in case you fancy a particularly decadent meal on Christmas day. 

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Megan Murray

Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.