An unmissable Christmas in London
Merry Christmas! Are you heading to London this festive season for a family outing or shopping expedition? Here’s a list of Yuletide sights and activities you’re sure to love.
Everything listed here is easily accessible via public transportation and mostly situated a short walk from a London Underground station. You can book your train tickets to London here. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Ticketmaster to help you find the perfect event in London. Check out their London city guide.
London‘s most beloved park, Hyde Park, becomes a Winter Wonderland this time of year with seasonal offerings ranging from a German-style Christmas market, a giant Ferris wheel and other fun fair rides, the city’s biggest outdoor ice skating rink, and plenty of opportunities to shop for gifts and Christmas keepsakes. Winter Wonderland opens for a special preview this year on 22nd November 2018, from 16:00-22:00. From then, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will be open every day from 10:00-22:00 from Friday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019.
Ice skating rinks
Love to skate? Then London’s the place to be! There are family-friendly rinks throughout town, with many in some of the city’s most scenic and iconic locations. In addition to the large one at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, you’ll find opportunities to glide on ice at the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, the Tower of London, Broadgate, Canary Wharf, Hampton Court Palace and more. Most rinks are in operation from mid-November until well into the New Year.
See the lights
Enjoy the warm glow of twinkling lights and winter decorations while shuffling along Oxford Street, home of London’s biggest and most spectacular Christmas light display (and some of London’s biggest and most popular shops). Just off Oxford Street, on Carnaby Street, you can see the lyrics of Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody lit up in neon. Covent Garden is always a good spot for taking in some seasonal sights as well. And of course, a stop by Trafalgar Square to see the giant Norwegian spruce is a must! This year’s tree will be lit on Thursday 6th December at 18:00
Shop 'til you drop
London boasts some of the most celebrated department stores in the world. Among them are Selfridges and Harrods, both of which go big on décor and window displays this time of year. Winter Festival at Southbank is arguably one of London’s best Christmas Markets,offering lots to eat, drink (mulled wine!), see, do and buy. The market is set along the Thames near many of London’s top attractions such as the London Eye, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the National Theatre.
Catch a Show
Whether it’s Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith or The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, there’s a performance for everyone and any budget this year. Just make sure you book ahead to guarantee you get a seat!
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