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    Top events in Kensington in December                

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in Kensington as we embrace the magic of Christmas. So many shops and cafes in the area get into the festive mode with decorations galore, and we love seeing everything look so Christmassy.


    Are you going to be in and around Kensington in December and wondering what there is to do? Let Fraser Suites Queens Gate be your guide to all things festive (and a few things that aren’t) with our pick of the best socially-distanced events happening in the area this month.

    Top events in Kensington in December 2020: 

    • Selfridges Christmas Market – All Month
    • Chelsea at Christmas – All Month
    • The Great Gatsby at Immersive LDN – All Month
    • Christmas at Kew at Kew Gardens – All Month
    • Ice rink at various locations – All month
    • Christmas with the Royal Choral Society at Royal Albert Hall – 9th December
    • Carols at Royal Albert Hall – 18th to 23rd December

    More information on some of the events taking place throughout December:

    Selfridges Christmas Market

    • Date: All Month
    • Venue: Edwards Mews, at the rear of Selfridges London 

    There’s plenty of family fun to be had at this brand-new Christmas Market on the Mews. 

    Created in collaboration with founder of Street Feast, Dominic Cools-Lartigue no less; expect fabulous fare alongside fairground rides while you browse the festive stalls for decorations, winter accessories, Christmas fragrances, toys … the list goes on.

    Christmas at Chelsea

    • Date: All Month
    • Venue: All over Chelsea

    Neighbouring Chelsea has brought the season alive with a fabulous display of lights, an enviable live entertainment programme and a festive food market.

    Satisfy those belly rumbles at the festive food market found in the Duke of York Square, open every Saturday. Then catch a glimpse of the roaming entertainment across the area every weekend from 1pm – 4pm, which includes gospel choirs and vintage singers to Nutcracker soldiers on stilts and a duo performing in a giant snow globe.

    Best of all you hitch a complimentary ride in horse and carriage rides departing from outside Tiffany & Co on Sloane Street until 31st December. Now, that’s celebrating Christmas in style.

    Visit chelseachristmas.co.uk for a full schedule of events.

    The Great Gatsby

    • Date: All Month
    • Venue: Immersive LDN, Mayfair 

    There’s nothing like a touch of glamour to ignite the festive spirit. So embrace your inner flapper girl /bootlegger and make your way over to Jay Gatsby’s mansion for this immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic.

    Enjoy a socially-distanced party with a (plot) twist, at London’s longest running immersive theatre production.

    Christmas at Kew

    • Date: All Month
    • Venue: Kew Gardens

    There’s so much to amaze and delight visitors at every turn, at this spectacular display of illuminations.

    Returning for its eight year, 2020’s route will lead you through Kew Gardens’ beautifully illuminated Rose Garden, neon-wrapped trees, an enchanting canopy of stars and a stunning light show at the Treetop Walkway, all set to a wonderfully seasonal soundscape.

    Open 4pm – 10pm until 3rd January 2021, booking is essential.

    Ice Rink

    • Date: All Month
    • Venue: Various

    Sadly, the Natural History Museum won’t be going ahead with their beloved ice rink this year, but don’t be too disappointed… there are plenty of other options in town and all in equally stunning locations.

    Hit the ice at Hampton Court Palace, Alexandra Palace or The Queen’s House in Greenwich. Or get comfy and order a hot chocolate with all the trimmings while you enjoy the spectacle.

    Christmas With The Royal Choral Society At Royal Albert Hall

    • Date: 9th December
    • Venue: Royal Albert Hall 

    Here’s a crazy fact; the Royal Choral Society has performed at the Albert Hall over 1,500 times. They’ve played every year since 1871, and it’s become one of the most beloved traditions in the calendar. 

    Carols At Royal Albert Hall

    • Date: 18th to 23rd December
    • Venue: Royal Albert Hall

    One of the rowdiest weeks of the year at Royal Albert Hall (in the nicest way possible) Carols at the Hall lets anyone come in, pop on a Santa hat and give it all to carols from yesteryear and a few Xmas favourites thrown in for good measure. 

    Where to stay in Kensington in December? 

    Planning a trip to London to do the all-important Christmas shopping or coming to this part of town for some of the events mentioned here? Let Fraser Suites Queens Gate be your home away from home for a few nights with the chance to stay in truly luxurious accommodation. 

    Our luxury one bedroom serviced apartments are ideal for someone who wants a Kensington hub for a few days. In the suite, guests have a fully integrated living room; the type of space that is a million miles removed from a stuffy hotel room, and a host of amenities that will have you living like it’s a second home in no time at all.

    If you are planning a trip to Kensington at this time of year, check out our offers to see if you can save or get an unbeatable rate simply by booking in advance.