Winter Wonderland Festival

With over 100 spectacular rides & attractions, Christmas Markets, a wealth of themed bars, cafes, restaurants and street food, plus free live music, Winter Wonderland has something for everyone.

Date: Friday 20 November 2015 to Sunday 03 January 2016

Location: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

Entry cost: £0

Winterville Festival

The popular Fairground returns, there are family-friendly rides in the form of Winterville's own Crazy Mouse Coaster, StarflyerBlizzard and Bumper Cars and themed rides new for 2015.

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015 to Wednesday 23 December 2015

Location: Victoria Park, London E3 5TB

Entry cost: £0

Southbank Winter Festival

The Southbank Winter Festival has an array of festive shows and performances and it will be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities.

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015 to Sunday 17 January 2016

Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Entry cost: £0

Lumiere London

Experience cutting edge light installations from the world's most exciting artists working with light, across the West End and King's Cross.

Date: Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 January 2016

Location: West End and Kings Cross, London

Entry cost: £0

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Maslenitsa Russian Festival

Maslenitsa is the Russian Sun Festival - a celebration of the end of winter chills and the start of Spring, of warmth, of hope, of growth. Not surprisingly, it is a particularly big deal in Russia.

Date: Monday 07 to Saturday 12 March 2016

Location: across London

Entry cost: £0

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Women of the World Festival

This festival celebrating all that is great about women and girls (and all the great things they have achieved) is back for a sixth year in 2016.

Date: Friday 11 to Sunday 13 March 2016

Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Entry cost: only some events are £0

The LSE Literary Festival

LSE's 8th Literary Festival, inspired by the anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia, will explore the power of dreams and the imagination and the importance of idealism, dissidence, escapism and nostalgia.

Date: Monday 22 to Saturday 27 February 2016

Location: The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

Entry cost: £0

St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in London on and around 13 March with a Central London parade, a free festival in Trafalgar Square and special events.

Date: Sunday 13 March 2016

Location: Trafalgar Square, Westminister, London WC2N 5DN

Entry cost: only some events are £0