The Eastern City is a unique and special part of the City of London.

Experience the magic of the festive season through a range of free creative installations and activities presented by the EC Business Improvement District.

The iconic tall building skyline set against the backdrop of historical architecture makes this a magic place to be during the winter. Boasting some of the best party venues, world-class food, hospitality and hotels there is something for workers, visitors and residents alike to enjoy.

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by artist Arnaud Lapierre at One Bishopsgate Plaza
16th November – 5th January

Delivered in partnership with Pan Pacific London and MTArts.
This unique installation by artist Arnaud Lapierre reinvents
the traditional Christmas tree in a sustainable and modern
vision. The tree is fitted with mirrored cubes arranged in a
manner which evokes the natural geometry of a pine cone
reflecting the city around it.

Be The Tree
Aviva Piazza
30th November to 22nd December
Wednesday to Saturday 4pm-8pm

Working with Trees for Cities charity, Aviva and inspirational artist Jasper Toeli ‘Be the Tree’ invites the public to connect with a city tree. Simply place your face inside the O2 bottle and see your face projected onto a 20 foot tree embellished by artist Ella Schofield Lack, through the magical technique of video project mapping. You will then be able to download your image to share a unique digital Christmas card with your friends and family.

We are delighted to have worked with our charity partner Trees for Cities, the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities. Just as Jasper Toeli, Be the Tree’s artist, wants to encourage us to physically connect to the nature around us, we break down barriers to nature by enabling communities to plant trees and cultivate lasting change.


Leadenhall Market Light Tunnel Installation
Beehive Passage at Leadenhall Market
16th November – end of December

Get merry and bright at Leadenhall Market – get the perfect photo with our light tunnel in a side alley of the market, soak in the atmosphere of the stunning architecture and decorations, take in the tunes of carol singers performing at peak times, grab a seasonal bite to eat and drink and wander the shops for Christmas gifts. You can also enjoy the Christmas tree light switch on the 16th November by the Lord Mayor with seasonal songs and a festive walk programme  every Wednesday, 6.30pm – 8pm from 22 November until 13 December.

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe
Fenchurch Street Station
5th to 8th December

Step inside an immersive inflatable Winter Wonderland Snow Globe which will allow visitors to capture that insta-worthy moment.

Christmas tree light switch on 
St Helen’s Bishopsgate Churchyard
Thursday 30th November from 5pm

Celebrate the yuletide spirit with the local community at our traditional Christmas tree light switch on, with festive choir and refreshments. Keep your eyes peeled for snow!

Christmas creative workshops at various
locations throughout November and December 

Want to get creative? We have a series of free workshops across the
Eastern City for you to enjoy including gingerbread biscuit decorating,
wreathmaking, bauble decorating, candle-making and more! Follow
our social media channels and check back to our website for full booking information.

Visit our event page

Win a prize with our EC Christmas crackers
Surprise locations and dates throughout November & December

Will you be a lucky winner when you pull our EC Christmas crackers?
You could win prizes to enjoy at restaurants, bars, pubs and shops
across the City of London. (T&C’s apply). Follow our social media
channels for more announcements.

Download the In The City App

Make the most of the exclusive offers, discounts and events on the In The City App and enjoy the fantastic range of food, drink and entertainment this Christmas across the Square Mile.

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EC BID have launched a night safety medical support programme to help keep workers, visitors and residents in the City safe during the Christmas season.

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