Events in Stratford this festive Season

Make the most of the most wonderful time of the year. Throughout December, Stratford, London will be buzzing with festive activities, entertainment and delicious eats. Whatever is on your agenda, from Christmas shopping and after-work drinks, to festive activities with friends or family, there’s plenty to see and do at Stratford as we head towards Christmas.

Entertainment & Leisure
  • 22 Nov 2023
Entertainment & Leisure
Christmas activities in Stratford 

Take part in a festive fun run and get Christmas started with a bang. Try your hand at a 5k or 10k at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - bonus points if you do it in a Christmas outfit. Entry starts from £25. Find out more.

Witness the beautiful, shimmering Christmas decorations at Westfield Stratford City, inspired by the Northern Lights – including a Christmas tree you can walk into and through. Don’t forget to look up! Plus, stop by with friends to take part in bowling and shuffleboard events. Find out more. 

Escape the cold at the new Horizon Khufu exhibition, an immersive virtual reality experience that takes you on a thrilling adventure through ancient Egypt. You’ll be equipped with an immersive device to explore and experience Ancient Egypt as researched and recreated by the Giza Project team at Harvard University. Find out more. 

Festive shopping at Stratford 

Looking for gifts, Christmas decorations or festive treats? Then there are a number of shops in Stratford you need to visit! Your first port-of-call should be the riverside market Wick Wonderland, run by award-winning restaurant Barge East. The Christmas market runs Saturdays and Sundays until December 17, featuring local artisans and businesses. You’ll find great food, gift ideas and festive trinkets and you can even pick up your Christmas tree here. Find out more

At Westfield Stratford City, there is every kind of shop to inspire your Christmas shopping.  Swing by the Black Creatives pop-up at Westfield Stratford City on Saturday the 16th of December to shop from 12 incredible independent brands and get your gift list sorted. Find out more. 

Best places to eat in Stratford during the festivities

If you’re planning a pre Christmas get-together look no further. Whether you’re out for a few Christmas cocktails or looking for a big get together meal, there are a huge range of bars and restaurants for drinks in Stratford, either with colleagues, friends or family. During December you can also drop by Signorelli Stratford Cross for a warming glass of mulled wine and festive treats. Find out more.

What’s on for kids in Stratford 

Make Christmas memories (and fill up those school holidays) with a host of fun festive events for children, starting with a classic Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. This year, it’s Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Jack, his cow Winnie the Moo and his mum, Milky Linda, in their hometown of Splatford. The pantomime runs until January 6, 2024. Find out more. 

For some festive music, try the acclaimed concert series Bach to Baby, at St John of Jerusalem church, with classical music performances for the whole family. Christmas carols, a visit from Rudolph and sleigh bells all around make this a magic experience.  For every adult entry, two children enter free of charge. Find out more

Stratford Shopping Centre has a great line-up of free Christmas kid’s activities. Post a letter to Santa and get a reply, go to elf school, decorate Christmas cookies and meet Santa himself! The shopping centre is also running a Toy Appeal, where shoppers can donate gifts for children cared for by Richard’s House, London’s first children’s hospice. Find out more.


Whatever you decide, there are so many things to do in Stratford and we look forward to seeing you this Christmas!