Christmas Time in London

Christmas Time in London

Christmas is a magical time of year in London and the whole city is full of magical sights and activities during December, here are some ideas for everyone to make the most of this holiday season.

Explore London’s inner-city festive window displays and Christmas lights on Oxford, Regent and Bond Streets. A must-see is the many well-known department stores, such as Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty’s who boast elaborate Christmas windows. These world-famous windows are always watched with interest in what theme will be chosen. These luxury department stores also incorporate annual Christmas stores, which house a large array of festive must-haves.

If you get a little peckish along the way, I must recommend Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street. The street itself is dazzling to walk through with all the lights dressed along the street. Upon entering the court, fairy lights adorn the interior and you will be spoiled for choice with the large array of dining options. The court consists of three floors a variety of eateries from cheap eats to a la carte dining in an al fresco setting. The kingly court is a seriously unique dining experience with a festive feel.

There is no need to venture into Europe to experience Christmas markets, look no further than our own city. London boasts a variety of markets in different locations to enjoy Christmas themed activities, gifts, decorations and festive food and drink.

Christmas Time in London

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Try the Southbank Winter Festival, which the Christmas Market is a part of. The market itself lined with traditional wooden chalets set up along the Riverside, where you can find plenty of gift inspiration, treats and festive tipples.

At one of London’s most well-known squares, Leicester Square is transformed into a Christmas lover’s paradise. It is also decorated with wooden stalls selling a variety of festive items, such as hand made gifts, decorations and foods. Sit back and enjoy a variety of Christmas entertainments located in the Spiegeltent (a performance venue) which is also situated in the market place.

Another un-missable festival is none other than Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. The festival lasts around 6 weeks on Hyde Park corner and is created into; as the name suggests a wonderland, complete with an ice rink, circus, Giant Observation wheel, shows, festive rides and attractions and Bavarian-style wooden chalets. There is something for everyone. 

Ice skating is another popular wintertime activity. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, London’s skating rinks are some of the most magical locations to see this Christmas. The rinks are draped with fairy lights and surrounded by Christmas trees making it a fun day or evening out. There are a variety of famous locations you can enjoy such as Somerset House, Natural History Museum, Hampton Court and the extremely popular Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Another after dark Christmas activity is the Kew Gardens illuminated spectacular. The botanical area is lit up with festive lights adorning pathways, plants and buildings. A water feature with lights beaming over the water and fountains is an amazing sight to behold.  The illuminated evening takes visitors along a one-mile-long trail, past scented gardens and Christmas trees. As well as the visual aspects, there is a Santa’s Grotto for the children to enjoy plus much more. It is a truly fascinating way to admire what the gardens have to offer at Christmas time. There is nothing more magical than this festive time of year and there are plenty of activities to get involved within London this holiday season. Happy exploring.

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