Christmas and New Year’s activities in Westminster

Wed, 21/12/2016

If you are spending this holiday season in Westminster and are looking for things to do, have a look below for some of the events, activities and volunteering opportunities taking place in the city over the coming weeks.

Celebrate Christmas Day at Porchester Hall

There’s no need to be alone this Christmas. If you or someone you know is on their own, register for Everyone Active’s free Christmas Day knees up in the stunning setting of the 1920’s Porchester Hall in Bayswater. Guests will enjoy a three-course Christmas dinner courtesy of Waitrose followed by carols and films. Please think of older neighbours who may benefit from this event and pass this invite on to them.

Register at or call 020 7313 3850.

New Year’s Concerts 50% off

The London’s New Year’s Day Festival concert visits St. John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December with live entertainment including a choir, orchestra, drums and much more.

Use the code WESTMINSTER at the checkout when you book online to receive half price tickets for £5. The first 100 people to book the Cadogan Hall concert on Thursday 29 December will also receive free tickets when using this code. This offer is courtesy of Destination Events.

Find out more and book using the links below.

New Year’s Day Parade

London’s world famous New Year’s Day Parade will take place around Green Park, Westminster and Charing Cross from 12 midday on 1 January 2017.

The parade, a free public event with participants from all over the world, is celebrating 30 magical years with the “biggest street spectacular the capital has ever seen”. The event  includes bands, orchestras and floats containing approximately 3,500 to 4,000 participants, and is expected to attract an enthusiastic crowd of two thirds of a million.

For more information please visit London’s New Year’s Day Parade.


Volunteering opportunities

If you have some time to spare this holiday, volunteering is a fantastic way to support community causes, meet new people and expand your own skills and experiences. Below are some of the current opportunities with Team Westminster.

More volunteering opportunities in Westminster

Visit our libraries

Visit one of Westminster’s libraries  to browse and enjoy a vast selection of books, DVDs and music, or to attend one of the following holiday events:

More library events

Changes to library opening hours for the Christmas period

Enjoy our parks

Westminster has 116 parks and open spaces ranging from small gardens to larger areas of open space - including four of the Royal Parks. Why not use the holidays to explore a new one?

Find your nearest park or playground

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland transforms one of Westminster’s most beloved parks into a festive destination for people of all ages. It’s free to enter so you can walk around at your leisure and soak up the atmosphere. Open daily between 10am-10pm until 2 January 2017 (closed on Christmas Day).

Find out more

​Energise at our leisure centres

Westminster has nine low cost, pay-as-you-go leisure centres where you can stay active this holiday season. Under 19s living or studying in the borough can apply for a leisure centre card to get free swimming and other discounts. Discounts are also available for over 60s, carers, those seeking employment and disabled people.

Find your local leisure centre

Changes to leisure centre opening hours for the Christmas period [link no longer published]

Last updated: 3 January 2018
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