The best London Christmas events you need to book right now to have a chance of getting a ticket

The sun is still shining, we’re spending days on the beach and sunbathing in parks, and the kids have only just gone back to school.

Despite all that, it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas.

Since Christmas last year was all but cancelled, Londoners are ready to take the city by storm this festive season.

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But that, combined with new Covid rules and limited ticket availability, means if you don’t act fast, you could miss out on all the celebrations.

While we might be used to trying to get our hands on tickets and time slots for some events, others – like Winter Wonderland – have introduced a new booking system for this year in line with Covid measures.

Sadly, this means less spontaneity come December – and with everyone trying to secure a time slot, competition is rife.

Here’s how to book tickets for the festive season’s hottest events.

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew is fun for all the family, but tickets are selling fast

Kew Gardens’ Christmas light show is back on November 17, and tickets are already selling fast.

Christmas at Kew runs for the entire festive period until January 9, 2022, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the show – but some dates are already sold out.

The way it works is that you have to choose your entry gate: either the Victoria Gate main entrance (best for those travelling by public transport), Lion Gate (best for those coming from Richmond town centre) or Brentford Gate (for Kew’s Ferry Lane car park).

You then choose a day and an entry slot, but some dates are already completely sold out.

For example, Brentford Gate entrance tickets are sold out until January 4 – and even then there are only a handful of time slots still available.

Lion Gate and Victoria Gate have better availability, but it’s still best to get in there quick if you’re keen for Christmas at Kew.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tours

London’s home to the most magical Christmas experience for Harry Potter fans

Harry Potter fans can live their festive dreams this Christmas, when the Warner Bros. Studio Tour will see Hogwarts decked out in the most magical decorations you could imagine.

The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees, with the long tables filled with a festive feast; the Hogwarts castle model will be blanketed with snow and Diagon Alley will become a Christmas shopping paradise.

You can visit the studio tour from November 13 to January 16 to enjoy the special show – but some dates and times are already starting to sell out.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Natural History Museum ice rink

This year's the last time the Ice Rink will be outside the Natural History Museum - so you'd better book your slot soon
This year’s the last time the Ice Rink will be outside the Natural History Museum – so you’d better book your slot soon

You may have heard the sad news that this year will be the last time that the ice rink will be at the Natural History Museum.

A 16-year London tradition is coming to an end, and, as you might expect, Londoners are desperate to get their hands on a ticket for the final time.

The ice rink is described by organisers as “one of the most magical places to be this winter”, and after the festive fun is over, the gardens will be turned into a hub for urban wildlife as part of the Urban Nature Project.

It is open from 11am to 10pm daily from October 22 to January 16, closed only on Christmas Day.

You can turn up on the day you want to skate, but you might have to wait for your turn, so to guarantee your place you can book your session online here.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is back!

One of the most popular events in London’s festive calendar, Winter Wonderland returns to Hyde Park for 2021 with the rides, games, shows, food, and drink that we love it for.

The Instagrammable Giant Wheel will, of course, be there, as will a real ice slide, Oktoberfest’s Munich Looping roller coaster, and Hangover – a 85-metre drop tower that offers some incredible views across the city.

Bar Ice will be serving the chillest cocktails, while the street food market will have delicious festive grub to keep you going all day.

Cosy up at the Fire Pit with its open air bar and live band and DJ sets, and while away the afternoon in the Bavarian Village.

You’ll have to book your entry to Winter Wonderland this year, arriving within your chosen time slot. You can stay as long as you like, but you can only enter during your selected arrival time.

Off-peak tickets are still free, while standard tickets will cost £5 and peak tickets – covering some weekend times in December – are £7.50.

However, if you spend £20 on any attractions, rides, games, food and drink that are booked in the same transaction you’ll get entry for free.

There seems to be pretty good ticket availability at the moment, but this could change as we get closer to Christmas.

Find out more and book tickets here.

Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall's carol concerts are back for another magical Christmas celebration
The Royal Albert Hall’s carol concerts are back for another magical Christmas celebration

The Royal Albert Hall’s carol concerts are a highlight of the season for many, and they’re welcoming back audiences in 2021, promising favourite traditional carols and ‘modern festive arrangements’ in their grand venue.

Concerts run from December 18 to Christmas Eve, with prices ranging from £22.49 to £73.50.

Plenty of tickets are still available, but if you want to secure your spot it’s best to be quick.

Find out more and book tickets here.

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