The Best Of Boxing Day In Central London

Family enjoying boxing day

Ah Boxing Day, when stomachs are full, stockings are empty and the celebrations continue! We know that lots of families are still together on Boxing Day and are looking for fun activities that everyone can enjoy. Have a look at our top picks!

Mamma Mia

Be transported away from the cold English Christmas to a sunny island in Greece. Full of your favourite smash-hit ABBA tracks, Mamma Mia is a great one for the whole family to enjoy together. You’ll be dancing all the way home.

St Pauls Cathedral

London’s iconic cathedral reopens its doors on Boxing Day. Go and explore the impressive building, beautiful artwork and mysterious whispering gallery. Climbing the 500 steps to see the view of the city is a great way to burn off those Christmas calories!

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

If you can brave the Boxing Day sale shoppers, head to Covent Garden to see the Christmas Lights! The tree is incredible and we love the giant mistletoe. Wander the square, look out for some buskers and grab a hot chocolate to keep warm.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

Make the journey to Narnia by heading to The Bridge Theatre for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. The show is brilliantly creative and subtly festive so a great option for Boxing Day. Check out our Kidadler Review if you want to know more!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Body Worlds

Body Worlds is a great place to go if your little ones are keen to learn! Discover what lies under our skin and how our magical bodies keep us alive. There’s over 200 anatomical figures to learn from.

Leicester Square Christmas Market

Need to grab any belated Christmas presents? Head to the Leicester Square Christmas Market to keep feeling festive, there’s a great atmosphere and plenty of stalls to browse.

Classic Bicycle Tour

Get out and about in the fresh air on this Classic Bicycle Tour. You’ll see the city’s most famous sites, from Buckingham Palace to the London Eye. It’s a great way to get a bit of exercise and spend some quality time together.

John Lewis Christmas Window

The John Lewis Christmas Windows are full of festive fun. The star of the John Lewis advert and everyone’s favourite dragon, Edgar, is out and about causing all kinds of cheeky trouble. Wander along Oxford Street and have a look at the lights while you’re there.

Edgar the dragon

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

You can’t beat a Christmas pantomime! Goldilocks And The Three Bears is coming to The London Palladium for plenty of laughter, incredible special effects and some nail-biting stunts. This is a great option if you’re wanting to do something that’ll have the whole family in stitches.

Plonk Crazy Golf

Challenge the family to a game of crazy golf! Get competitive in Camden with Plonk Crazy Golf, take on the ramps, neon lights and other surprises. It’s a belated Christmas present at 17% off!

ZSL London Zoo

Go and say Merry Christmas to the animals at London Zoo! They’re open again on Boxing Day so why not wrap up and head on a great family day out. We love the giraffes and the penguins.


Once is a wonderful musical that follows the story of two musicians coming together. Based on the brilliant film, it’s all about following your dreams and discovering the things you sometimes have to sacrifice to achieve them. You’ll feel like seeing it Once wasn’t enough.

Walking With The Snowman 

The Snowmen are still in London Bridge! Why not go and do the city's most festive sculpture trail and see if you can spot the twelve snowmen. Each one has been brilliantly designed by a different artist, all inspired by the Twelve Days Of Christmas!

Winter Wonderland

London’s biggest Christmas attraction is open again on Boxing Day! Head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for a day of family fun. There’s rides, roller-coasters, a traditional market, ice-skating and so much more.

Anyone for a candy cane?

The Red Shoes

This beautiful ballet is a great option if you’re looking for a calm activity to recover from the madness of Christmas Day. It’s all about a young ballerina who has to choose between the two things that are most important to her, dance and love.

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever

Join Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and George for The Best Day Ever! The family are heading out and about for a day of fun and you’re invited. Kids will love seeing their favourite characters live on stage.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is another great London landmark that’s open again on Boxing Day. The building is full of royally good history for you to discover, from coronations to weddings, go and soak up the incredible atmosphere.

Westminster Abbey is stunning at Christmas

Harrods Christmas Window

Harrods is a word famous department store so their Christmas window displays have a lot to live up to. This year they definitely don’t disappoint, featuring different animals chosen specially by a few of their favourite brands. They’re some of the most beautiful windows in London!

Mary Poppins

A spoonful of sugar helps the mince pies go down? That may not be quite how the song goes, but Mary Poppins is definitely the perfect Boxing Day treat! This family classic is returning to the stage to bring you everyone’s favourite nanny!

Christmas Lights Bicycle Tour

The best way to see London’s Christmas lights is by bike! Head on this family-friendly seasonal tour to see some of the city’s most well decorated streets. It’s a great way to get out and about while still feeling festive.



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