The Best Family-Friendly Christmas Activities in London

The twinkling lights, the scent of mulled wine, and the joyous laughter of families – Christmas in London is truly magical. From the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree to the lights on Oxford Street, there’s no shortage of wonderful things happening in the Capital. If you find yourself at the Conrad London St James during the holiday season, you’re in for a treat.

Especially at our very own Blue Boar Pub, the perfect wintery hide-out from the cold, offering British pub fare with a seasonal twist this Christmas from award-wining chef Sally Abé. Alongside a range of cask ales and fine wines we’ve ‘decked the halls’ with festive decor and have a delicious menu of drinks and nibbles, platters and seasonal dishes. We’re just a stone’s throw from the plethora of festive attractions and activities that will make your Christmas in the city truly unforgettable.


1. Buckingham Palace: A Royal Christmas Extravaganza

Minutes away from the Conrad London St James is the iconic Buckingham Palace, which undergoes a stunning transformation during the Christmas season. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes on a festive twist, with the guards adorned in their winter uniforms and the band playing classic Christmas tunes. Join the crowds gathered outside the palace gates to witness this royal spectacle, and don’t forget to capture the perfect holiday photo with the palace as your backdrop.


2. St James’s Park: Winter Wonderland in Nature’s Embrace

Take a leisurely stroll through the enchanting St James’s Park, located just moments from the Conrad. During the Christmas season the park transforms into a winter wonderland with lights sparkling in the trees creating a magical atmosphere. Enjoy a peaceful walk around the serene lake, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some resident pelicans. The crisp winter air and festive ambiance make St James’s Park a perfect retreat in the heart of the bustling city.


3. Westminster Abbey: Carols and Candlelight

Experience the true spirit of Christmas by attending a carol service at Westminster Abbey. The majestic architecture of this historic church, combined with the ethereal voices singing traditional carols, creates a truly magical experience. Check the schedule for special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, or attend one of the daily services leading up to the holidays. The Abbey’s candlelit interior adds an extra layer of enchantment to this festive tradition.


4. Christmas Markets: Delightful Shopping Extravaganza

Immerse yourself in the festive cheer by exploring the nearby Christmas markets. From the traditional wooden chalets of the Southbank Centre Winter Market to the eclectic stalls at Covent Garden, you’ll find a treasure trove of unique gifts, festive treats, and handcrafted ornaments. Indulge in a cup of steaming mulled wine as you peruse the stalls and let the joyful melodies of street performers serenade you into the holiday spirit.


5. Ice Skating at Somerset House: Glide into Christmas Joy

Just a short distance from the Conrad, Somerset House hosts one of London’s most iconic ice rinks during the Christmas season. Set against the stunning backdrop of this historic building, the ice rink is a festive hotspot for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a skating pro or a novice, gliding under the twinkling lights at Somerset House is a quintessential Christmas activity that promises fun and laughter for all.


In conclusion, spending Christmas at Conrad London St James and Blue Boar Pub offers a rich tapestry of festive delights. From royal spectacles at Buckingham Palace to the tranquillity of St James’s Park, and the timeless traditions at Westminster Abbey, there’s no shortage of Christmas magic to unwrap. So, put on your coziest scarf, embrace the holiday spirit, and let the enchantment of London’s festive season create memories to cherish for years to come.