The streets are illuminated with Christmas lights, there’s glühwein galore, and the traditional Norwegian tree is twinkling in Trafalgar Square. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With ice skating, concerts, and plenty of winter cheer, here’s what to enjoy in London this Christmas.
It won’t take long to get your Christmas fix if you step out into the streets – there’s festive cheer all around with chestnut sellers, Christmas decorations and of course, lots of people making merry. Enjoy the Christmas markets, open air skating rinks, and even reindeer in Covent Garden. Don’t miss seeing the lights in the West End and the famous tree, along with the markets along South Bank and the lights on the river. For a look at what’s on in London, here are our highlights.
If you’re looking to do some alternative shopping in London then check out the Christmas markets – from the Tate Modern Museum to the Barbican Art Centre. There will be plenty of mince pies and mulled wine, along with traditional gifts and independent designer’s handicrafts. Find out where the Christmas Markets are this year here
Christmas Markets on South Bank
Until Christmas Eve, you can visit the traditional Christmas markets outdoor along the South Bank by the Royal Festival Hall. Among the wooden chalet huts you can find gifts and handicrafts, and of course traditional food and drinks. There’s also a Scandinavian Cider Lodge, Rollerdisco and gift workshops. It’s free to visit and open until 9pm.
Every year London’s Hyde Park is transformed into a winter wonderland – with ice skating, ice sculptures, a fairground, Santa’s grotto, festive food, drinks and lots more. And.. it’s free! Open until 10pm there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the highlights. For the circus, fairground and ice skating you can get tickets online. Find out more here
Open-Air Ice Skating
On the famous Strand, this is a great place to get festive as they have views of the river, music playing and because it’s sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, great food! Enjoy Champagne and salmon blinis, or hot chocolate and Welsh rarebit, or they also have Club Nights where you can skate with top DJs from Ministry of Sound and a Purple Rave. There’s also a shopping arcade open late. Enjoy!
Outside the famous Natural History Museum there is an Ice Rink sponsored by Swarovski. There’s a magical atmosphere here as the trees are lit with fairy lights and you can enjoy some mulled wine, whether you’re skating or not. They have discounts for off peak times.
This year you can skate under the Coca-Cola London Eye at Eyeskate! It’s limited to 45 minutes and it’s cheaper to book in advance. Part of their Frostival festival that’s on until 3rd January, there are also offers for champagne and rides on the London Eye.
Kew Gardens is Lit Up
Visit the famous botanical gardens after dark and experience the one mile long Tunnel of Lights! There’s also giant light sculptures, Mistletoe Moments where you can steal a kiss, a Garden of Fire and for the kids, Santa’s Snowflake Grotto. Find out more here
Stay at Equity Point London!
With a central location and great facilities, why not stay with us this Christmas and save money without losing quality? There’s plenty to do nearby, starting with famous Notting Hill and we’re walking distance from Winter Wonderland at London’s famous Hyde Park. Find out more here
Photos courtesy of Kew Gardens, Somerset House and Natural History Museum.