Frosty scene of Longford River in winter
Bushy Park

Festive things to do in the Royal Parks this winter

Delve into the magic of winter with serene strolls under frosted trees and seasonal activities that give you that warm fuzzy feeling. 

Cosy up for a ‘Winter Warmer' talk

We are bringing you a series of free feel-good live stories to snuggle up to during the festive season in London.

Explore a variety of topics with some of The Royal Park's greatest minds as they tell stories on a range of fascinating subjects from the secret parts of the parks to the incredible history found within.

Each talk will not only teach you something new, but also will inspire your sense of adventure and bring a touch of magic to the Christmas season ahead.

When: 7 December 2022 - March 2023 
Where: Free online event

Swan on Longford River in Bushy Park

Discover the Hidden Stories of the Royal Parks

Discover the hidden secrets of London’s historic green spaces on a guided walking tour, a perfect
addition to your list of winter things to do in London. Our monthly walking tours let you experience the Royal Parks from a whole new perspective during the Christmas season.

You could go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial, uncover the first public pet cemetery in Britain or explore the dark underbelly of the oldest Royal Park, all while enjoying the festive atmosphere of Christmas activities in London.

When: All year round
Where: Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park

Walking tour in Hyde Park pet cemetery

Walk in a Winter Wonderland

There is no better way to get yourself in the seasonal mood than heading to the iconic Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

This year it is back and better than ever with loved attractions including the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, the giant wheel, thrilling shows at Zippo’s Circus and Cirque Berserk as well as other brand new and improved rides.

Indulge in festive treats and be inspired for gifts in the Christmas markets, eat drink and be merry in the Street Food Village and atmospheric bars. Enjoy the magic of Christmas at one of London's most enchanting attractions.

When: 17 November - 1 January 2024 
Where: Hyde Park

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at night
© Eric Aydin-Barberini

Step into a fairytale with a Shire Horse Carriage Ride

This winter, spoil a loved one with something truly unique and book an enchanting seasonal carriage ride drawn by majestic Shire Horses.

Enjoy the sounds of hoofs and bells. Revel in the crisp air and watch the wildlife up close while you snuggle under a blanket...and have some sloe gin and mince pies to truly get into the festive spirit!

Experience Richmond Park and Bushy Park like never before whilst getting a unique behind-the-scenes visit of the stables, making it a standout among Christmas activities in London.

Proceeds will help fund sustainable conservation initiatives with the working Shire Horses in the Royal Parks.

When: 17 December - 1 January

Buy tickets for Richmond or Bushy Park 

Winter carriage rides in Richmond Park

Carols and Candlelight at a Christmas Concert

Soak up the festive spirit and join our friends at The Holly Lodge Centre for their final fund-raising event of the year. 

Enjoy a cheery evening of Yuletide music, wine, mince pies and a collection of handcrafted wreaths available for purchase.

When: 7 December

Christmas in the Royal Parks

Unwrap the Magic of the Season at the Royal Parks Shop

When you are next in Hyde Park, why not stop by our recently opened shop and find the perfect presents for your loved ones. Explore a treasure trove of unique gifts, cozy winter essentials, and locally crafted mementos. Take a piece of this magical season home with you and join in the joy of giving this holiday season.

Open daily from 10am-5pm

The tree in the Royal Parks shop is being decorated with lights and a postbox decoration

Bundle up for a Winter Stroll

Embrace the serene beauty of winter with a stroll through the Royal Parks, where frosted landscapes and crisp air create a peaceful retreat, an essential experience for your list of winter activities.

Each park offers its own unique winter charm with plenty of cozy cafes available to grab a hot drink and slice of cake, adding a delightful touch to your wintry exploration.

Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens

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