Tis the season to drink lots of muled wine, binge watch Christmas movies and get your skates on. London is the best place to celebrate the Christmas season and join in the festive fun. There’s so much to do and see, you’ll never run out of things to do. Some are even free!
If you’re like me your Christmas diaries are already all planned out, but there’s still a few things I really want to get in before going home for Christmas. If you’re planning a weekend down to London or not sure of what’s happening here, let me give you a few ideas of what to do here in London this December.
SEE HOGWARTS IN SNOW
Not for everyone but if you’re a massive Harry Potter fan like me then this is a must do. Harry Potter Studios is an incredible experience all year round but Christmas is the best time to go or for your birthday…just saying!
The whole studio gets a Christmas makeover including the Great Hall and the giant model of Hogwarts. Visiting Hogwarts in the Snow is a truly magical experience for witches, wizards and muggles a like.
GET YOUR SKATES ON
There’ s are so many locations around London which have ice skating rinks available that you can take your pick. Some of my favourite rinks are at the Tower of London, Somerset House and the Natural History Museum. The perfect Christmassy night out, or afternoon (it’s getting dark pretty quickly.)
VISIT THE CHRISTMAS MARKETS
I”m saving my Christmas Market experience till just before I leave to go home. It’s a great place to get some lovely handmade gifts and let’s face it, I just stuff my face with all the amazing food.
WATCH A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FILM
Obviously, I’m a massive film geek (writing a film blog and all). For me one of my favourite things to do is go and see once of my favourite Christmas films at Backyard Cinema. Last year, I saw The Holiday which is one of my absolute favorites and this year I saw The Muppet’s Christmas Carol with my family. They even have a “The Snowman” Experiencing at Winter Wonderland. They’re spoiling us this year!
WALK THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS GARDENS IN KEW
The majestic Kew Gardens is back with their spectacular Christmas Lights. Take a walk through the gardens to see a variety of light shows and decoration which will make your home Christmas lights look like you’ve not made any effort at all. These lights are super creative, beautiful and very festive.
CHECK OUT WINTER WONDERLAND
Oh Winter Wonderland, you’ll either love it or hate it but personally I LOVE IT. Even as someone with social anxiety, this busy area of London during Chistmas is still an incredible scene in December. Fair ground rides, shows, markets and tons of food and drink to be had. It’s a great day out!
STROLL THE STREETS TO SEE ALL THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Last weekend, I wondered around the streets of London to check out all the beautiful Christmas lights. Also, due to all the Tube stations being rammed and having to walk from Oxford Street to Embankment so I could get home. It’s free so if you’re saving the pennies for your Christmas night out but want to get into the festive spirit, go take a walk.
SEE A CHRISTMAS CLASSIC AT THE BALLET
The sound of Christmas can be found in one story, “The Nutcracker“. There’s now a new film out which is for the kids but if you really want to appreciate this story in it’s true form, go to the ballet. The music is truly magical and is my favourite soundtrack for Christmas.
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GET TICKETS TO THE CHRISTMAS PANTO
He’s behind you! That’s right, the cheesiest of Christmas traditions and usually including a performance by a well known minor celebrity. This British tradition goes back years and is good family fun. Something to for the little ones to enjoy rather than ourselves, depending on the panto.
TAKE A SELFIE WITH THE CHRISTMAS TREES
We love a good Christmas tree in London. There’s so many dotted around in famous locations in the city, it’s just a decent excuse to have a wonder around. Fake, real, traditional, modern, different shapes and sizes. Go and see how many different types you can find.
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What’s your favourite thing to do at Christmas in London? Let me know in the comments below.