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Christmas at Covent Garden

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This post covers everything you need to know about celebrating Christmas at Covent Garden, including details about festive activities, decorations, winter markets, and other fun things to see and do.


Overview

Covent Garden is worth visiting any time of the year, but at Christmas, it truly stands out. The covered market and piazza are festooned with beautiful decorations, giant baubles, twinkling lights, and mistletoe chandeliers.

Music plays, the stall owners sell their seasonal goods, and holiday food and drink are plentiful! This is all in addition to the regular market stalls and shops that are open all year-'round.

But aside from thousands of lights, giant baubles, and wreaths, there’s a lot happening in Covent Garden this Christmas time that you won’t want to miss.

Oh - and take note...Our London Christmas Lights Tour, the FIRST pay-what-you-like Christmas lights tour in London, starts right here in Covent Garden so consider combining the two for a truly unforgettable festive experience!

It runs every night but Tuesdays at 18:00 and includes a stop at the Leicester Square Christmas Market along the way. Book HERE.


Things to Do for Christmas at Covent Garden

This section will cover several fun things to experience at Covent Garden during the holiday season. We'll include details about both festive activities and major attractions in the area.


The Tree

Right in front of the iconic covered market is the Covent Garden Christmas tree, one of London’s tallest, topping out around 55ft high!

The tree will be trimmed by a team of around 60 workers who will adorn the branches with 30,000 lights and ornaments. It’s hard to miss, but you’ll find it adjacent to the Royal Opera House.

The tree is actually brought in from the same place where the Royal Family gets its Christmas trees, which makes it that much more special.

To keep things sustainable, three trees are planted for every tree cut down from the farm where it is harvested and at the end of the holiday season, the Covent Garden tree will be recycled into woodchips!


The Village

A ‘snowy, traditional winter town’ will be arriving in Covent Garden with craft stalls, a fir tree forest, and the Ramsbury Bauble Forest Domes.

What are those, you ask? Eight luxury Christmas bauble-themed dining domes with bookable banquet experiences.

These festive igloos are beautifully designed and lit to look just like Christmas Tree ornaments - that you can eat in! Enjoy a festive, exclusive menu, paired with Ramsbury Single Estate gins. These will probably book out fast so make sure you sign up soon!

The village also contains a fabulous food and drink market for those foregoing the bauble domes! There will be offerings of pizza, BBQ, fried chicken, churros, and more.

To wash it all down just visit the festive bar serving beer, fizz, and Christmas cocktails. Or keep it traditional at the Mulled Shack for hot mulled wine, cider, rose’ and even boozy hot chocolate.

If you love to take photos, note that the entire village is designed specifically to be instagrammable with opportunities to take photographs on Santa’s sleigh!


The Music

There will be seasonal music aplenty, but keep your ears open for some special performances. The Covent Garden Christmas Choir will be giving daily live performances.

The choir is made up of rising stars from London’s West End which means you’re always in for an incredible performance.


The Christmas Sandwich Festival

This is a one-of-a-kind...From the 15th to the 24th of November, Covent Garden will be hosting its own Christmas Sandwich Festival.

This year, Covent Garden has partnered with Feast It, which will host a number of pop-up venues featuring novelty Christmas sandwiches such as The Smokey Gaucho, The Cheese Toaster, and Mr. Pig Stuff just to name a few.

Guests will be able to taste over 15 Christmas sandwiches from 9 different sites, ranging from the traditional  (think turkey and cranberry) to the luxury (think truffles!). Grand and go or dine-in options are available!


The Winter Warmer Fortnight

For two weeks, from the 10th to the 24th of December Covent Garden will be hosting their Winter Warmer Fortnight - a Mulled Wine and More Celebration!

All the bars, restaurants, and cafes located in Covent Garden have been invited to participate and so many are taking part that, this year, guests will have over 100 varieties of mulled wine, hot toddies, teas, ciders, and more to try!

There will be spiked versions of classic drinks, cocktails, traditional teas, hot chocolate, and, of course, mince pies to go along with it all.


The LEGO x Covent Garden Adventure

From the 1st of December to the 3rd of January, LEGO is coming to Covent Garden with a totally immersive adventure. The theme this year is ‘Christmas Carousel of Creativity’ and was inspired by the 2021 LEGO holiday advert.

This incredible experience will include a firefighting dragon, a cactus Christmas tree, and a rocket race - just to name a few of the thrills visitors have to look forward to.

The installation is free to experience and there will be a LEGO pop-up shop for anybody looking for that perfect Christmas gift. Oh, and best of all...It’s FREE!


The Frozen Christmas Trees

This year, part of Covent Garden is being completely transformed into London’s very own Arendelle, as part of a partnership with the Frozen production at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This experience will feature…

The Frozen Forest: Christmas trees decorated with snow, ice, and Frozen decorations. An immersive experience made all the more magical by daily flurries of snow!

Every house from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, it will snow in Covent Garden while an instrumental version of Let It Go plays in the background. There’s also a special, final, flurry at 9:30 pm specifically for theatergoers to enjoy at the end of their shows.

The Frozen Infinity Chamber: Calling all Instagram lovers, the popular Infinity Chamber, made up of thousands of LED lights is getting a Frozen makeover with additional 3D installations at the Long Acre and Floral Street entrances.

The Frozen Flower Barrows: Covent Gardens traditional flower barrels are being given a frosty, Frozen makeover this year, in theme with the rest of the Frozen experiences.

The Frozen Ice Sculptures: This is a one-off! On the 13th of November 10 ice sculptures, depicting characters from the Frozen musical will be on display. There will also be incredible live ice-carving demonstrations taking place.


The Snow

As cold as London gets, we don’t often have a white Christmas. But this year, Covent Garden is making sure to give us one! Watch it snow here.

From the 9th of November until the 27th of December, every hour, on the house, from 12:00 - 7:00 pm, it is going to snow!

These daily ‘snow moments’ will take place on the West and North Piazza and photographers from Fujifilm will be on hand to take photos of visitors and their loved ones that they can take home.

This experience is truly magical and, honestly, worth a visit just on its’ own!


Dates and Times

  • The Covent Garden Christmas decorations are on from 7:00am - 11:00pm every day, 7 days a week from 9th November - 3rd January.
  • The Covent Garden Christmas Village is open from 12:00pm - 10:00pm, every day, 7 days a week from 15th November - 8th January.
  • The Dining Domes are open from 11:30am - 10:15pm, every day, 7 days a week, from 15th November to 8th January.
  • The LEGO adventure is accessible from 7:00am - 11:00pm, every day, 7 days a week from 1st November - 3rd January.
  • The Let It Snow snowfall takes place on the hour from 12:00pm until 7:00pm, every day, 7 days a week from 9th November - 27th December.

How To Get There

Nearest Underground Stations: Covent Garden, Leicester Square (5-minute walk), Charing Cross (6-minute walk), Embankment (10-minute walk), Holborn (10-minute walk), Tottenham Court Yard (12-minute walk)

Nearest Rail Stations: Charing Cross Station

Bus Routes: 9, 13, 15, 23, 24, 139, 153

About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 30th, 2021
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