A number of festive attractions are planned for the Bankside in the area’s annual winter fair.
The section between Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern will be filled with ice sculptures, lighting and 70 market stalls.
From Thursday, there will be a number of events to tempt workers away from their city offices, including the Thames Cutters boat race and husky sledding rides.
Entertainment will be provided by bands and street theatre performers and there will be plenty of seasonal refreshments available.
The nearby London Eye will remain illuminated over Christmas but will soon be imitated by a similar design planned for Berlin. The German wheel is proposed to be 185 metres high and cost more than £85 million.
Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of the capital, has insisted it will become "the city’s trademark".