15 brilliant Christmassy things to do that cost a Londoner nothing

Big on Christmassy feelings but short on cash? Yeah, same. This is your guide to getting a dose of the festives for free.

1. Do a big bike ride of all the Christmas trees in central London

What’s more fun than casting a judging eye over lovely things people have lovingly created to celebrate a lovely part of the year? Not much, really. So, go on, grab a pen and get your most organised friend to make an over-complicated scoresheet. Then head out together on a tour of central London’s big-ass and big-budget Christmas trees. Start with Coal Drops Yard’s new-fangled terrarium-inspired one (made of 70 glass micro-gardens), then make your way past the chubby Covent Garden 60-footer before finishing in Trafalgar Square, home to the extremely tall and wonky boy we are gifted from Norway every single year. Multiple locations.

The Terrarium Tree, Coal Drops Yard, Christmas in King's Cross
Photograph: John SturrockThe Terrarium Tree, Coal Drops Yard,
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