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Podcast Episode 23 – Visiting London in December

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Episode 23 – Everything you need to know about visiting London in December

In this week’s episode of the UK Travel Planning Podcast I share information and tips for visiting London in December. This is my favourite time of year to visit the UK capital with so much to see and do and the fabulous festive atmosphere to enjoy.

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Episode 23 – Show Notes

Visiting London in December

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • What to expect when visiting London in December
    • What sort of weather you can expect
    • Hours of daylight in London in December (sunrise and sunset times)
    • What to pack
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about visiting London in December
  • We share some of our favourite things to do in London in December including
    • Enjoying the Christmas lights
    • Taking a festive tour whether a walking tour, cruise down the Thames, Christmas market tour or bus tour
    • Some of our favourite markets
    • Special events such as at Kew Gardens or Harry Potter studios
    • Going to a Pantomime
    • Talking a stroll through one of the Royal Parks
  • What is open (and closed) on Christmas Day plus suggestions about things to do
  • What is open (and closed) on Boxing Day plus suggestions about things to do
  • Information about public transport in London on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Places mentioned in this episode include

  • Harry Potter Studios for Hogwarts in the snow >> Experience Christmas in the wizarding world
  • Trafalgar Square – enjoy the Christmas tree and carol singers >> For more information about the timings of the carol singers click here
  • South Bank Winter Festival >> Held from 3 Nov 2022 – 8 Jan 2023. For more information click here.
  • Winter Wonderland >> 18 Nov 2022 – 02 January 2023. For more information click here.
  • JW3 Ice Rink >> 4 December 2022-2 January 2023. For more information click here.
  • Christmas lights >> Oxford, Regent, Bond and Carnaby Streets plus Covent Garden and South Bank are must-visits!


A transcript of this episode is available to read on our website here or click here to download a PDF version.

Useful resources

We also have some useful planning resources on this website and our sister site London Travel planning to help you to plan your visit to London in December:

  • A complete guide to visiting London in December
Christmas in London with Christmas lights on Oxford street.
Christmas in London with Christmas angel lights on a street.
Christmas in London with Christmas lights on a street as described in episode 23 of the Uk Travel planning podcast.

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