List of Upcoming Events in London 2019 – 2019 December.
Upcoming Events in London 2019… Don’t miss out amazing experiences this festive period, with event like Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Centenary of the women’s vote in London, Christmas in Leicester Square, Winter festival at Southbank Centre and many wonderful event, your stay in London will surely be worthwhile.
1. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Hanging the Guard, also called Guard Mounting, happens outside Buckingham Palace from around 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the definite handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is combined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then reaches from Wellington Barracks and takes over the duties of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.
The guard that looks after Buckingham Palace are called The Queen’s Guard and is made up of soldiers on active duty from the Household Division’s Foot Guards. The guards are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats.
2. Centenary of the women’s vote in London
Replicate on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 with a line-up of empowering events, activities and exhibitions marking the centenary of the women’s vote in London.
With 2018 representing 100 years since some women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honoring the anniversary with distinctive events across iconic venues in London as part of the city .
3. Christmas in Leicester Square
See one of London’s most well-known squares transformed for the festive season during Christmas in Leicester Square. The traditional Christmas market welcome more than 25 stalls filled with handcrafted skills, festive decorations and warming winter fare. After going through the market, step inside the velvet-draped 1920s Spiegel tent to catch a collection of festive entertainment. Watch drag-meets-circus troupe Briefs’ new show Close Encounters or catch The Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show.
You can likewise drop by Santa’s grotto and meet the man himself, right up until Christmas Eve in the square’s charming festive atmosphere.
4. Winter Festival at Southbank Centre
Watch as Southbank Centre changed into a festive wonderland for winter, the art centre’s annual winter festival along the Thames. Enjoy an array program of free and ticketed events, plus a Christmas market, festive shows and family entertainment. Over the Christmas and New Year’s Eve season, the riverside area shines s with glittering lights, festive decorations and a huge Christmas tree.
5. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Get into the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park.
This free-to-enter family event features a host of festive fun and activities, plus Winter Wonderland ice skating, circus shows, an observation wheel and an enormous Christmas market. Find out what’s on offer at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland 2018 and get major tips to make the most of your voyage to Winter Wonderland in London.
Top activities at Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland 2018 activities comprises of the chance to:
- Skate to live music on the Winter Wonderland ice rink, the UK’s biggest outdoor rink.
- Discover mythical beings made from ice and snow in the Magical Ice Kingdom’s Secret Forest.
- Watch the Grand Ice Stars’ world-class skaters perform a thrilling Peter Pan on Ice.
- Wonder at the acrobatic wonders at Zippos Christmas Circus or Cirque Berserk.
- Fly into the sky on the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and see the sparkling London lights below.
- Ride a traditional carousel or brave the giant loops of nine different rollercoasters at the fairground.
- Go on an immersive cinematic adventure with The Snowman™ Experience, presented by Backyard Cinema.
- Build your very own ice sculpture at the Ice Sculpting workshops.
6. The Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park
While children across London are excitedly waiting to unpack their presents, members of the Serpentine Swimming Club are arranging to swim their traditional 100-yard (91-metre) Christmas Day race.
Swimmers met in London’s Hyde Park on Christmas morning ever since 1864 to contest in the Christmas Day swim. The first Christmas Day swimming race was earned by H. Coulter. He won a gold medal, which became the routine prize for the winner.
7. J.M. Barrie and the Peter Pan Cup
Novelist J.M. Barrie gave the first Peter Pan Cup in 1904, the same year that his play Peter Pan made its entrance on the London stage. Like the fictional boy who never grew up, the race has taken on a legendary appeal.
8. Serpentine Swimming Club
The Serpentine Swimming Club is one of the first swimming clubs in the country. The club holds races every Saturday morning, with the distance depending on the temperature of the water.
9. The Race
The Peter Pan Cup is only open to members of the Serpentine Swimming Club who have qualified during the season. The icy Serpentine waters are commonly below 4C (40F) degrees in the winter, so swimmers must become adapted over a period of time.
The race on 25 December usually began at 9am and takes place on the south bank of the lake, close to the Serpentine Cafe. Spectators are welcome, but you’re advised to wrap up warm!
10. London New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The enormously popular London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks have been ticketed since 2014 to guarantee the event stays safe and fun for all.
The Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks tickets 2018 have sold out. If you want to join in the celebrations on the night, you must have secured a ticket in order to attend.
This year’s remarkable display celebrates the city’s relationship with Europe. The fireworks will show the world that London is honored to be a global, European city and send a message of provide support to the more than one million European Londoners living in the city.
If you have a ticket, remember to pack light and bring essential items only – no backpacks or suitcases are allowed at the event this year.
11. Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in London
There are many other things to do in London on New Year’s Eve 2018, plus more ways to see the fireworks: lookout the famous London display from the river on a NYE fireworks cruise, party at one of the many New Year’s Eve club nights, or see the capital light up at midnight with a New Year’s Eve meal in a top London restaurant with a view.
12. Where to Watch the Fireworks
If you can’t be at the New Year’s Eve fireworks 2018 in London, you don’t have to miss out: you can see the remarkable display live on BBC One. See last year’s New Year’s fireworks display in a video.
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