Nothing can beat the festive spirit of London in Christmas time. Twinkling lights, spectacular decorations, beautiful baubles, lovely Christmas trees, and fun-filled events soak up London’s atmosphere, taking you to the magical journey where you can do and enjoy plenty of things. A mind-blowing range of seasonal treats, traditional carols and for fun family outings, Christmas is the right time to enjoy all of these. Throughout the Christmas time there are many things to do and have ultimate fun on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. So let the good tidings roll!
Here is our guide and fun-filled ideas on what to do and where to visit this Christmas!
No Christmas is complete without shopping for Christmas gifts and decorative. The traditional markets and fairs in the city offer many things that are essential part of your Christmas celebration such as foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and a bit of glühwein. Indulge in the merry spirit and shop at London’s best department stores including Selfridges and Liberty London. Get beautiful wreaths and gorgeous crackers at Liberty and for glittering lights and decorative items visit Marvel at Oxford Street. Other markets, you can browse are Barbican Christmas Market, Christmas Market at Tate Modern, Fair Christmas Fayre and the popular Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.
Make the most of Christmas by indulging in delicious festive food and exotic drinks. Whether you’re staying for a while or just popping in to grab a bite, you’ll get a warm welcome in every pubs and restaurants and find there is something for everyone this festive season. Enjoy a party night or an evening full of festivities with your family, friends or colleagues and savour a festive Christmas feast in beautiful surrounding. You can choose from a traditional menu or something interesting with a bit of a twist. Hop on to St Christopher’s Place at off Oxford Street, which have 20 restaurants and cafes. You can also visit Carnaby, off Regent Street, where several independent restaurants are serving more than 15 cuisines from around the world. London’s top restaurants that are open on Christmas include Bar Boulud, Cinnamon Club, Dean Street Townhouse and Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont.
With twinkling Christmas lights and glittering trees set to the backdrop of London’s stunning locations, there is no reason you would say no to these magical outdoor ice-skating rinks. Get wrap-up in warm and stylish clothes and try your turn on the ice, enjoying the regal background. You can dance like a Christopher Dean, simply run around or visit the place just to enjoy the beautiful views of the elegant decoration in and around the ice rinks. Some the popular places you can pay visit to enjoy ice-skating in London are Canary Wharf, Westfield, Broadgate, Eyeskate, Wembley Park, Somerset House, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, among others. Most of the Rinks are open in both Christmas morning and New Year’s Day.
Enjoy Best Christmas Shows
Make best use of your Christmas holidays and love the frosty winter of December month. Apart from looking forward to snow and sleigh bells, visit Christmas theatres in London that will offer you everything right from pantomimes to family shows you’ll love to watch.
A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre-Book a Christmas carol tickets and enjoy some of most memorable characters to life at the Noel Coward Theatre this winter. Watch Academy Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent, playing Scrooge in a new version. Beautiful adaption of classic stories of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh hour redemption are shown here.
The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre- Get engrossed in sheer theatrical magic and enjoy the hit story a boy and his snowman in the magnificent wintry world. The story revolves around their unique friendship and how they embark on a starry-skied adventure to the North Pole. This show can be a perfect treat for your family and especially for kids. The show is now a loved festive tradition at the Peacock Theatre.
Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall-One of the London’s popular Christmas shows, Slava’s Snowshow at the Royal Festival Hall is a must visit this Christmas. Blizzard of snow and amazing breath-taking visual effects makes every show here distinct and magical. You can visit this theatre with your family and have loads of fun experiencing a joyous dream-like world.
Sing Carols in Candlelight
If you really want to get indulge in the festive mood of Christmas, singing Christmas carol is a prominent part of celebration. In this special evening head towards St Martin-in-the-Fields to experience breathtaking candlelit service of words, music and reflections on the Christmas story. Other than this, you can visit Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, where the carol services will leave you spell bound. To listen some of the amazing traditional Christmas carol, you can visit Kensington Palace, Temple Church, Anthony Nolan and Eltham Palace, among others.
Important Information: All public transport services are closed on Christmas Day. You can only opt for a Santander Cycle to travel around Central London without getting stuck in traffic. Also, you can find few taxis and mini-cabs for hire.