8 Great Things to do in London this Christmas
London is a big and beautiful place, with different areas to explore during one of the most magical times of the year. There is so much to do in London, so we’ve come up with a few great activities that you can enjoy with friends or family this holiday season.
1. Take a Tour of London’s Christmas Lights
Whether you want to go to Covent Garden or Portobello Road, every postcode in London has a different theme and looks aesthetically stunning. Christmas is synonymous with Christmas lights, and it is no secret that Christmas lights completely changes the way a street or road looks. Grab your gloves and scarf and wander round London to see all that twinkles.
Whether you choose to go to Bond Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Christmas lights, Oxford Street lights or lights on the Strand, there are so many different locations within the UK’s capital. This activity is perfect to do on your own, with your family or with friends and you’ll be guaranteed to find some hidden gems across London.
2. Go Ice Skating
Ice skating is great fun, and whether you’re going on a first date, an outing with friends and family or a Christmas party, ice skating is a brilliant day/evening activity. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ice skating pro or you don’t even know how to balance on the skates (that’s what the railing is for), you’ll be guaranteed to have a blast. The majority of open air ice rinks across London provide skating aids for children (6 years or younger), and the staff are more than happy to give you tips, so that you and your friends can become the next Torvill and Dean. Grab those cosy knits and head out to a few Ice rinks at iconic landmarks – Broadgate, Canary Wharf, Eyeskate, Somerset House and The Natural History Museum.
3. Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park will be celebrating 10 years of Winter Wonderland this year, and with free entry it is an event that you’d be foolish to miss. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland gives you the opportunity to have fun whilst Christmas Shopping (yes, this is a thing). Browse the enchanting Christmas Market for some unique Christmas gifts whilst snacking on toasted marshmallows, have a whizz round the open air ice rink and then grab a spot of lunch at one of the many eateries. Have some Bavarian wheat beer or a glass of mulled wine to really get yourself in the Christmas spirit. With a plethora of rides and shows to see, from The Nutcracker on Ice to the The Sooty Christmas Show it is clear that Winter Wonderland will is a perfect day/evening out for family and friends alike.
4. The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum
The Natural History Museum and Science Museum are iconic landmarks in London, and one of the best ways to spend a day. These museums are the perfect place for families and friends alike, as they offer endless amounts of entertainment for both adults and children alike. The best bit about these museums is that the admission is free, and it combine education and entertainment in such a way that it makes you want to learn. The Science Museum showcases the technological, medical and scientific advances that have made an indelible mark in global History. The Natural History Museum has more than 80 million specimens spanning across billions of years, to tell the stories of life form. Spend a day learning and getting inspired, rouse your imagination and get your kids excited to learn about the many different worlds that existed before them. If you’re feeling brave, you could have a picnic outside on the grass, whilst wrapped up in your thermals!
5. Classical Christmas Concerts
When people think of classical Christmas music, Aled Jones’ cover of ‘Walking in the Air’ is one of the first things that comes to mind. Whilst this Christmas tune may be a family favourite there is so much more to classical Christmas music – which is why you should consider spending an afternoon or evening surrounded by beautiful music and high culture. From violins to brass instruments and opera, there are so many great Christmas concerts in London. Lose yourself in the Norwegian Christmas Concert or the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. The majority of classic concerts are black tie, so scrub up, grab that tux and prepare to be wowed.
6. Catch a Pantomime
London is a wonderful place that offers so many different forms of entertainment for families, and a traditional outing to the pantomime during Christmas should be thoroughly considered. Sleeping Beauty at the Hackney Empire and Aladdin at the Lyric Hammersmith have added a modern twist to a classic fairytale, providing laughter and entertainment for everyone, regardless of age.
7. Hogwarts in the Snow
If you love the Harry Potter franchise (who doesn’t?) or you are a film aficionado then experiencing Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a must do this Christmas. The Warner Bros Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter is exceptional, and even more so when fans have the option to see Hogwarts in the Snow, and learn about how the blanket of snow surrounding the school and Hogsmeade was created, alongside the fire and ice. Dinner at the Great Hall is a perfect Christmas gift for Harry Potter lovers, as they are given a wand upon arrival, butterbeer, canapes and a feast in the very hall where the cast and crew filmed so many scenes.
8. Visit Harrods and Hamleys
Keep the children and adults mesmerised for hours with more toys and games than imaginable, at London’s toy superstore, Hamleys. With five floors of innovative toys, there’s entertainment for everyone, and you can even get your Christmas shopping finished! London is synonymous with Harrods, and you could spend a few hours browsing sumptuous displays and ogling at their famous bears. However, Harrods does have a dress code, so if you want to have a look then make sure you adhere to it! From a personal shopper to Santa, Harrods offers a truly magical shopping experience for all.
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