Undeniably, London is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. It is steeped in history, offering art and culture at every turn. Iconic buildings tower over the city but a visit to one of the many beautiful open, green spaces would have you second guessing whether you were in the busy English Capital at all. So, it comes as no surprise that Christmas time in London is simply magical. Here is just a small sample of the delights on offer this year…
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum:
Set in enchanting surroundings with fairy lights and seasonal music, the ice rink is guaranteed to bring festive cheer to even the most “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooges of London this Christmas! It’s the perfect place for a festive family day out or celebration with friends. There are many events taking place as well as various refreshment and dining packages available at the onsite café or a nearby restaurant. It is open daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm until 12th January 2020.
The Christmas lights in London are world renowned. People flock to Oxford Street and Regent Street to see the wondrous creations and absorb the magical atmosphere. Conveniently placed closed to a lot of the flagship stores, it’s a good excuse to do some Christmas shopping whilst appreciating the sparkling evening sky. However, it can also be a great opportunity to explore London and visit some of the streets that may offer a little less hustle and bustle.
Christmas at Kew promises illuminations nothing short of spectacular! Adults and children alike will enjoy the singing Holly Bushes, the arches of light and the Treetop Walkway and few places will provide a more romantic backdrop for couples. The event runs from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm daily until 5th January 2020. Seasonal refreshments such as mince pies and mulled wine are available along with sourdough pizzas and pies.
There is little doubt that Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is one of the most magical events in London. It has grown year on year and now offers many a seasonal tradition all in one place such as ice skating, a Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto and ice sculpting workshops. There is also an ice bar, a fairground, the Giant Observation Wheel and many food stalls and restaurants offering a wide variety of food and drink. Whilst some of the attractions require a paid-for ticket, Winter Wonderland is free to enter so why not take a walk around, soak up the ambience and really get in to the Christmas spirit!
Carols at the Royal Albert Hall:
What could be more joyful at Christmas than singing carols? And where better to sing them than in the grand surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall? A live orchestra will play a mix of traditional and modern carols for all to sing along to. There are four performance times between 21st and 24th December from morning through to evening. Relaxed performances are being held on 23rd December for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.
For a very British Christmas, a pantomime is a must see! Many local theatres have pantos at this time of the year as well as the esteemed West End theatres. The Palladium is performing ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ this year, featuring some well-known, household names. Described as a “Festive Extravaganza”, this traditional experience will surely bring even more laughter and excitement to your Christmas. Performances begin on Saturday 7th December until Sunday 12th January.