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5 Things to Do for Christmas in Greenwich

Updated: Apr 8

It’s that time of year again! The air is crisp, and the streets of Greenwich are adorned with twinkling lights, festive decorations, and the joyous spirit of Christmas. The Royal Borough of Greenwich has a magical lineup of events and activities that will surely get you into the holiday groove. Here are the top 5 things to do for Christmas in Greenwich this year.


Christmas market greenwich

1. Christmas Markets and Lights Switch On

The heart of Greenwich will come alive with the Christmas spirit as markets and light switch-on events take centre stage. With local craft, gift, and food stalls, along with children’s arts and crafts and festive entertainment, there’s something for everyone. Don't miss the Lantern Parade and Light Switch On at Greenwich Market on Wednesday, 15th November from 4 pm to 6 pm. Indulge in seasonal treats and warm drinks as you soak in the festive atmosphere.


2. Sparkle in the Park

Experience an enchanted winter wonderland at Avery Hill Park during the annual 'Sparkle in the Park' from 30th November to 3rd December. Marvel at the light display illuminating the historic Winter Garden and enjoy the Christmas market, a funfair, and performances from local school and community choirs. It's a magical experience for the whole family.


3. Queen’s House Ice Rink

Skate your way into the holiday season at the Queen’s House Ice Rink, nestled in the heart of Greenwich's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open from 23rd November to 7th January, the rink offers breathtaking views of Greenwich Park to the south and Canary Wharf to the north. Join the festive fun day on Saturday, 25th November, for family activities and to celebrate the opening of the ice rink.


4. Coalescence Artwork at the Old Royal Naval College

This winter, witness the London debut of "Coalescence" by designer Paul Cocksedge at the Old Royal Naval College. Comprising over 2,500 pieces of coal, this installation suspended against the grand arch of the Painted Hall creates a captivating play of shadow and sparkle. Another artwork, "20 Trees," in the adjacent Nelson Room, conveys a powerful message about ecological balance. Both pieces encourage contemplation of our relationship with the environment.


5. Storytelling from Father Christmas at the Old Royal Naval College

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Christmas tales with Father Christmas at the Painted Hall. From 9th to 23rd December, Father Christmas will regale visitors with magical festive stories inspired by the glittering art installation, Coalescence. As you listen to the tales in this historic setting, you'll receive a special present and have the opportunity to capture the moment with a photo alongside Father Christmas himself. Sessions run throughout this period, creating an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.


As you explore the wonders of Christmas in Greenwich, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge your taste buds at Bianco43. Check out our menu for a delightful culinary experience that perfectly complements the festive spirit.*


Come and be part of the magic in Greenwich this Christmas season. Let the festivities begin!*

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