Most London attractions are closed on Christmas Day, although others remain open during this festive season. The JW3 ice rink in north London is one of the city's only ice rinks that is open on Christmas Day. If you want to go for a walk with your family, London's Royal Parks are open on Christmas Day. You can visit Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James's Park, and more.
You can also take advantage of the many free events held throughout the city during Christmas week. These include performances by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral, and a candle-lit tour of the London Eye at night. There are also carriage rides through the streets of London, which are available at various locations across the city.
If you're looking to do some shopping, there are several events planned for December 26th. The Oxford Street Christmas Tree Trail opens at 9 a.m., and visitors can view over 100 decorated trees along the street. The London Shopping Festival takes place over Christmas weekend, with over 150 stores opening their doors on Saturday and Sunday. The Southbank Centre has a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra every hour between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Finally, if you get hungry on Christmas Day, there are several restaurants that offer special menus with classic British dishes like plum pudding and turkey.
The attractions in London are open on Christmas Day. The majority of London's major attractions are closed on Christmas Day, with the exception of the Royal Parks, which are all open. For a list of open and closed attractions, see our article on holiday closures.
On Christmas Day, there is no public transportation and all London attractions are closed. Public transportation to and from London is limited during the Christmas and New Year holidays, so prepare ahead of time. If you need to travel on Boxing Day, many cities across Europe are also shut down for holiday breaks.
There is no public transportation on Christmas Day, and services are limited on Boxing Day and the Christmas bank holidays. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, most London attractions and businesses, as well as many restaurants, are closed. The only people who work on these days are those who have to, such as shop workers and some hospital staff.
The Christmas holiday was made official by the London Council in 1986, but it wasn't until 1990 that all schools were officially declared safe by then mayor of London, David Blunkett. In 2001, a government minister announced that Bank Holidays would no longer be observed on Christmas Day, but instead the day would be a private family occasion. However, three years later, Parliament rejected the proposal, with almost all parties opposing the move. Despite this, many businesses remain closed on Christmas Day.
Christmas is a public holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, Christmas Day is also known as New Year's Day because January 1st is a legal public holiday there too.
Shops do not usually open on Christmas Day, but some small independent shops may stay open for one last fling before the main event. Most large stores and shopping centers are closed on this day.
Some London businesses and attractions may be closed or have limited hours of operation. Public transportation may also be curtailed. On Christmas Day, there is no public transportation and just a minimal service on Boxing Day. Dates of public holidays
|Boxing Day||Tuesday 28 December (substitute day)||Monday 26 December|
Our stores will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with the exception of those in Welcome Break highway service stations and Shell forecourts, some of which will be open 24 hours. Please refer to our store opening times for further details.
Naturally, GAME stores around the country will be closed on Christmas Day, but it appears that the majority of locations will be open as usual on Boxing Day, with certain stores varying their hours based on location. To avoid disappointment, use the shop locator to locate your nearest branch. You can also check here to see if there are any special offers or promotions available on Boxing Day.
In the United Kingdom, there are around eight public holidays every year. Some London businesses and attractions may be closed or have limited hours of operation. Public transportation may also be curtailed. Dates of public holidays
|Easter Monday||Monday 5 April||Monday 18 April|
|Early May bank holiday||Monday 3 May||Monday 2 May|