Winterfest is a magical time of year at Wembley Park, filled with twinkling lights, tasty treats, and fun, free activities for the whole family. Best of all? You can enjoy the festive outdoors in Wembley Park with plenty of space (and parking too!).
Explore the free winter lights trail
It can be a challenge to find fun and free things to do with your family around the holidays. That’s we love the free winter lights trail at Wembley Park. It's all outdoors with plenty of space so bundle up against the weather, grab a takeaway hot cocoa, and stroll along with the kids. You’ll love seeing their faces light up – literally – when they see the magical displays. Don’t be surprised if you feel just as dazzled as the little ones.
Eat delicious food
Wembley Park is one of London’s great foodie destinations, home to dozens of eateries, street food vendors, coffee shops – and even a fine dining restaurant and a classic English pub. Sprinkled through the London Designer Outlet and BOXPARK Wembley Park, you’ll find delicious treats, snacks, and sit-down meals. Stroll through Wembley Park and choose from handmade sourdough doughnuts and seasonal baking from Bread Ahead or a sweet and spicy Christmas coffee from the high street chains. And of course, we all love a Pret Christmas sandwich, especially now that they have a vegan and gluten-free option. If you’re in the mood for something unique with global flair, there’s never a better time to visit BOXPARK Wembley Park. Make sure you try delicious Taiwanese bao buns from Bunhouse, phenomenal burgers from Nanny Bill’s, and modern Filipino fare from Spoon and Rice. It’s a brilliant way for everyone to get a little of what they fancy.
For the most ‘outside the box’ Christmas dish we’ve seen this year, head to Las Iguanas. They’re serving up Nachos Navidad with wine-braised chorizo (vegan option available). For more details about mouth-watering seasonal fare and Christmas goodies, check out our festive food guide.
Have a drink (or two) with friends
Looking for a place to raise a glass with friends? Wembley Park is the perfect place to do so with London's largest BOXPARK, spacious pubs, and heated outdoor dining. For a classic pub, The White Horse specialises in hand-pulled pints of ale and a sizeable wine list. BOXPARK is definitely the move if you want a wild night of beer pong and Christmas cocktails topped off with some global street food. We love the Henny Berry – it’s a warm Hennessey and berry punch, topped with a splash of ginger ale for a seasonal fizz. Do you want to sip a margarita and dream of tropical climes? Then it’s got to be Las Iguanas or TGI Friday’s – they both boast a long mixed cocktail list that will transport you to a warmer destination. TGI Friday’s also specialises in warming Christmas drinks, such as a tasty Bailey's Chocolate Orange or Irish Mule.
Find out more about the best seasonal drinks at Wembley Park with our holiday bar and pub guide.
Finish (or start) your Christmas shopping
Winterfest at Wembley Park is the best time to finish (or start) your Christmas shopping. This is one of London’s best shopping destinations, attracting keen label lovers and bargain hunters from around the country. Enjoy browsing through the artisanal shops at the Wembley Park Market, where you can find unique gifts for everyone on your list. This vibrant market honours the market heritage of the Wembley area, featuring lovingly handcrafted gifts and delicious edible offerings. We love giving gourmet popcorn from Joe & Seph’s and luxury body care products from Soapnskin – there are so many options to choose from. If you’d prefer to browse brilliant deals on high street shops and luxury labels, head to the open-air shopping at London Designer Outlet. You’ll find more than 60 of your favourite brands at up to 70% off their regular retail price. You’re spoiled for choice with cookware at ProCook, and Zwilling J.A. Henckels, and tons of athletic wear at Nike, Puma, Adidas, Converse, and so much more.
For even more inspiration, have a look at our Christmas Gift Guide.
Grab a great coffee
Wembley Park is a coffee lover’s playground. Whether you prefer an indie cuppa from Black Sheep Coffee or Boki Coffee, or you’re craving a gingerbread latte from Starbucks, you’re covered. Also, don’t forget to check out the holiday flavours on offer at Costa, Oatopia, and Longboys.
Play some games
The holidays bring out the kid in all of us, so what better way to spend your time than with an afternoon playing games at Wembley Park? There are tons of fun things to do at Wembley Park, including exploring virtual reality worlds at meetSpaceVR and throwing a hatchet at Bad Axe.
Watch the latest blockbuster film at Cineworld Wembley Park, or head out for a wild night out at Playbox, where you can battle your friends at fussball, shuffleboard, pool, and even beer pong.
Admire London's tallest LED tree
There’s always something fun happening at Wembley Park. If you want to step outside of the box (without leaving BOXPARK), head to MeetspaceVR for immersive virtual reality games for groups up to six players. Want something more hands-on? It’s time to throw an axe – literally. Bad Axe is the largest urban axe-throwing centre in the world, allowing you to pick up a brand new hobby or hone your existing skills. Wembley Park is home to London’s tallest LED tree, perfect for an impromptu holiday photoshoot or TikTok video. While it’s stunning to look at from afar, it’s even prettier once you step inside for a brilliant 360-degree video.
See a show at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
After a long hiatus, theatre is back from the end of December. The Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre brings the talent, spectacle, and exhilaration of the West End to Wembley Park. Book a matinee or evening show of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, on until 9th January.
Learn to bake (or just relax and eat) at Bread Ahead
There’s something extraordinary about baking bread and pastries from scratch. If you didn’t hone your skills during the sourdough craze of the 2020 lockdown, now’s the time to master the art of baking at Bread Ahead. While their award-winning bread and doughnuts are always a hit, we love their Christmas baking classes. This year they’re offering whiskey and mince pie pairings, festive party food workshops, and Victorian Christmas classics, just to name a few.
Of course, if you just want to savour the fruits of someone else’s labour, Bread Ahead is a gorgeous place to get a coffee and a doughnut while you shop.