Christmas in London
Discover the best things to do in London during the festive Christmas season here with our guide. London is a magical place during the festive season. So here is our favourite Christmas time things to do to soak up the festive spirit during Christmas in London.
The whole city begins to put up the fairy lights and tinsel as early as November each Christmas in London. The major shopping streets always make a huge effort to look festive and look amazing. The switching on of Oxford Street and Regent Street Christmas lights mark the beginning of the Christmas Shopping season for many. Also the events are usually hosted by celebrities and huge crowds turn out to see this year’s lights for the first time.
So much effort goes in to creating the streets Christmas displays they are definitely worth a visit. The best place to start is at the Mall end of Regent Street and work your way up to Oxford street and Bond Street. The most iconic Christmas Tree is in Trafalgar Square and has been an annual gift from Norway since 1947.
Christmas store Windows
The Christmas Windows of London’s major department stores are hugely anticipated. They often take the whole year for the stores to plan and create. Harrods, Selfridges and Liberty are 3 stores that always make a huge effort to win the public’s affection.
One store each year always tries to be clever and stylish and the public hate it. Since Christmas is the season when style is so last season. Invariably the windows with fairy tale themes, a riot of Victorian excess and clashing colours seem to appeal to the child in everyone and so always win.
Visit the Harrods website for details of this years festive season here
There are also many Christmas Markets in London and they are hugely popular. The Southbank of the River Thames has two of the most popular. One just opposite the Southbank centre and London eye and the other in front of the Tate Modern art gallery.
The Southbank Centre market although still in Classic German inspired wooden chalets has a modern feel. Also a two storey Cider Lodge bar and street food market make it very popular at weekends with Londoners.
The Tate Market is a more traditional Christmas market. Traditional handmade gifts and also festive food and drink. You can also enjoy a mulled wine and bratwurst sausage while buying some unique Christmas gifts.
Ice rinks pop up in London just for the festive season. The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Broadgate, Canary Warf and the London eye to mention just a few. Skating is a fantastic activity for all the family. And the ice rinks also welcome non skaters as most have bars and restaurants. So even if you’re not skating they are a fabulous place to meet for drinks and watch some skating to get in the festive spirit.
Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park is phenomenal. It has everything you could ever imagine Christmas to be. The largest Ice rink in London, An Ice kingdom , A ballet on Ice, A circus, a wheel to rival the London Eye.
Also a fun fair to rival any in the UK even having the largest movable roller coaster in the world. Huge Christmas markets to rival any other in London. And not just Bratwurst but an entire Bavarian village.
Each year Winter Wonderland is Christmas all in one park. Winter Wonderland is also a must visit for so many Londoners each year. Its free to get in and so then everything is pay as you go.
Visit the Winter wonderland website here