Chelsea, London at night with Christmas lights on

What To Do In Chelsea This Christmas

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What to see, do and eat in Chelsea this festive season

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London is a wonderful place to visit come Christmas time, but on your next trip to the capital make sure you stop by Chelsea to witness some Yuletide magic in action and a visit to Father Christmas himself at the Chelsea Christmas Grotto. Every year, the streets are decked out in glittering lights, interactive festive displays and bustling food markets (don’t be surprised if you’re lured in by the delicious smells alone) – and this year, there’s more to see than ever. Read on to find out what you can do in Chelsea this Christmas.

Illustrated map of Chelsea, London at Christmas

Many of the events taking place this year are in support of the Kensington + Chelsea Foundation Winter Crisis Appeal, which helps those struggling with fuel bills this winter as well as multiple grass roots charities that provide support for vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the local community.

What To Do In Chelsea This Christmas

Sloane Square’s Winter Terrace

Open every day until Christmas Eve, Sloane Square’s Winter Terrace is must-visit for all the family. The immersive display features a spread of deliciously festive food and drink. There’s also plenty of activities to get stuck into, such as Bavarian curling and a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

Where: Sloane Square, bookings for activities can be made at chelseachristmas.co.uk

When: Open until Christmas Eve

People sat at benches outdoors during winter

Santa’s Grotto

Little ones itching to share their wish list with Santa Clause can pay a visit to his Grotto on the lead-up to Christmas this year. Nestled in Sloane Square’s Winter Terrace, the Grotto welcomes children of all ages to hear Santa’s festive tales and find a gift to take home with them.

Where: Sloane Square Winter Terrace, tickets are £15 per child (plus one accompanying adult) with a 50p donation to the K&C Foundation. Bookings for activities can be made at chelseachristmas.co.uk

When: Open until Christmas Eve

Santa Claus sat with circle of children and parents around him

Bavarian Curling

Looking for a fun activity for friends and family? Try your hand at one of the world’s oldest sports, Bavarian curling. Ideal for the winter season, players can head over to the Sloane Sqaure Winter Terrace where they can battle each other to get their stock closest to the marked target (and claim a smug victory). Make sure to wear a sturdy pair of shoes when you visit.

Where: Sloane Square Winter Terrace, prices start at £7.50 and bookings for groups can be made at chelseachristmas.co.uk and individual bookings can be made on site, subject to availability

When: Open until Christmas Eve

Children playing Bavarian curling outdoors

Catch the Christmas Lights

London is known for its fantastic Christmas lights, and Chelsea is no stranger to the tradition. You can catch the lights from 5pm every night throughout the festive season, so make sure you venture into town at some point soon to get your fill of the show.

Where: Throughout Chelsea

When: From 5pm every night

Chelsea, London at night with Christmas lights on

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For more information about festive activities in Chelsea this year, please visit chelseachristmas.co.uk