While Winter Wonderland might be on people's radar during this holiday season, not everyone wants to queue for drinks and lose all their mates in the market. Luckily for you, there are still plenty of other winter events hoping to fill that festive hole. From smaller Christmas pop-ups offering themed drinks to stunning light installations and fondue in an igloo, we've rounded up the season's best alternatives to Winter Wonderland in London.
A spot with a passion for all things polar, Skylight is bringing all the fun with Europe’s only rooftop ice rink. Alongside spins and slips, you can cosy up with a hot chocolate or cup of mulled wine while tucking into an alpine menu of seasonal eats. Taking place on Sundays, it's jam-packed with Christmas activities for adults. Oh, and did we mention the igloos?
From 30th of October 2022 to 18th of December 2022.
Can’t make it out to Val-d’Isere? Get your après ski fix down at the Val-de Wandsworth Bridge as Winterland returns to the waterfront with your designated alpine escape. This year, the Fulham pop-up will have it all, from DJs and dancing to plush booths for snuggling and a drool-worthy fondue experience. If that doesn't wet your whistle, there will also be festive bottomless brunches to get stuck into.
From 27th of October 2022 to 3rd of February 2023.
One of the most sought-after table bookings in the capital, pop-up Jimmy's Winter Snow Globes is back with the ultimate winter warmer. Head over to the Southbank and chow down on steak sharers and ooey gooey fondue while admiring views of the iconic Thames. All this takes place in their dreamy dining domes filled with blankets and plush throws. The snuggle is real.
From 5th of November 2022 to 8th of January 2023.
You can leave the snowsuits in the wardrobe for another year because this fun winter pop-up in London is bringing plenty of aprés without the need for the ski. The ideal destination for small groups, The Ski Lodge is an annual installation at The Montague On The Gardens hotel and it offers one of the prettiest festive experiences complete with schnapps, seasonal snacks and a whole lotta fake wood.
6th of November 2022 to end of December 2022.
Taking place in Paddington, Pergola On The Piste is a must-visit for the Crimbo-heads among us. Guests to the pop-up will be treated to a stunning ski lodge, complete with DJs, live entertainment and alpine-themed food specials. Plus, if you're feeling bold, hit the bar and grab a shot-ski with a few of your friends.
10th of November 2022 to Spring 2023.
If you're on the hunt for the best winter events in the UK, look no further than Christmas On The Green in Beckenham. Along with independent market stalls, festive food and delish drinks, the event will highlight a synthetic ice rink so you can show off those sick skating skills. Decked out with string lights, the venue is ideal for cute Insta opportunities.
1st of December 2022 to 3rd of January 2023.
Christmas At Kew
The more wholesome way to do festive fun this year, Christmas At Kew's glow-up is much more than just a gathering for families and those couples who feel the need to be touching at all times. They're adding extra slots this year, so you'll be able to marvel at the most categorically Instagrammable trees. One of the best alternatives to Winter Wonderland in London? Sounds about light.
From 16th of November 2022 to 8th of January 2023.