Christmas is a magical time of the year and if you’re lucky to be in London over Christmas, you’ll find yourself easily caught up in the festive spirit. You can’t escape the merry vibe. But why would you want to?
With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d share my top things to do over this most magical time of the year. In no particular order…
Visit a Christmas market: Christmas markets are popping up everywhere in London. It’s the perfect place to sip your mulled wine, wander the many gift stalls, and tuck into a mouth-watering bratwurst hot dog. This year I visited the market on Southbank, More London and Tate Modern along The Thames. Go at night when the fairy lights and stalls add a warm Christmassy glow to your evening.
Run wild at Winter Wonderland: It’s been coming back for the last 10 years now and fair to say, Winter Wonderland is now a firm festive favourite among Londoners. Based in Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is essentially one enormous amusement for the entire family to enjoy. It has everything from food to ice rinks. Best of all, its free to enter. Plan our visit for an evening on a weekday to get the best out the park. Did you know that for 2016, they’ve erected the world biggest portable rollercoaster?
Treat yourself to some Christmas shopping under the lights: For most Londoners, Oxford Circus and Bond Street can be quite a challenging place to be. But the lights over Christmas is worth the challenge and capturing an image is guaranteed to wow your friends and folks back home. I’ll just let the pictures below do the talking.
Admire the Christmas lights in Central London: Every year, London illuminates its streets with festive lights to get shoppers and visitors into the Christmas spirit. It’s so highly anticipated that for some, it signifies the start of the festive season. Each year, a celebrity gets the honour of flicking on the switch. This year, pop artist Craig David had the honours. This year, Regent Street opted for Christmas Angels whilst nearby Carnaby Street went for a more retro swinging 60’s feel. Covent Garden had a disco feel with giant baubles. I think Regent’s Street has really outdone itself this year. So good I unapologetically Instagrammed it twice! Which is your favourite?
Skate with a London landmark in the background: Come Christmas time, London is not short on ice rinks. Natural History Musem? Yep. Tower of London? Yep Somerset House? Yep. There’s more too including Canary Wharf.
Find a cosy spot and sip mulled cider at a pop-up ski lodge: What could be cosier than warming up to an open fire with great company and a glass of mulled cider and prosecco? I visited Greenwich Peninsula Christmas market right by the 02 Arena which was the perfect place to indulge in mulled wine and fantastic food from the inviting food vendors outside. there are pop-up apres ski lodges everywhere in London. Seriously, there’s nothing quite like cosying up to an open fire while the elements blows around you 🙂
I would love to have seen more of Christmas in London. It’s just a shame there’s so so much to see with very little time!
What’s your favourite festive thing to do over Christmas? Let me know in the comments below and have a merry Christmas 🎄