In all of the hustle and bustle that December brings, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the present wrapping and Christmas party prep, instead of taking some time out to enjoy the season. And if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and winter as a whole, then the country’s capital is going to be one of the best places to be. Here are plenty of fabulous things you can do in London this month if you’re feeling the need for a festive escape. Have you been to any of them before?
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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has to get a mention on the list. I mean, have you even been to London at Christmas if you haven’t been to Winter Wonderland? Fairground rides, ice skating, circus shows, stalls, sweets, hot drinks, and festive shows; what else do you need?
Southbank Winter Festival
A stroll along the Southbank can be a good idea at any time of year, but especially at Christmas when you can enjoy the Nordic-themed activities that the Southbank Winter Festival has to offer. From a Christmas market to festive shows and even a rooftop sauna, it is a good place for a mooch on a trip to the city.
Hogwarts in the Snow
Just a short bus or train journey out of the city, you could visit the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour for Hogwarts in the Snow. A special exhibition, for only this time of year, it is an exclusive not to be missed. Just makes sure that you book in advance and don’t just turn up, as it is going to be popular.
Tower Bridge is more than just a bridge. It is has a significant role in the history of London and dates far back. And it even has it’s own event at Christmas. From carol singers on the bridge to learning about how bells were involved in the lifting of the bascules, there are different things going on. So for an evening walk, it would be a good place to head to. If you’re staying over in London, then look for hotels in Aldgate and the surrounding area. Then you’ll only be a walk away from Tower Bridge.
Magic Lantern Festival
Large illuminated lanterns are going to be the thing to help you light the world this winter is a trip to Chiswick gardens is on the cards. It also will feature enchanting Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese handmade sculptures around the park.
National History Museum
As well as being a (completely free) museum that you can spend time in and wander around, there is also one of London’s largest outdoor skating rinks in the area. This is the most family-friendly one I would say, and can be good for all family members to pass the time.
Have you been to London at Christmas before? A wander around Harrods is always going to be a good idea at this time of year too, as long as you can stand the crowds.