Christmas is the most magical time of year, no matter where you are. But Christmas in London is something particularly special. The twinkly lights on every street, the chill in the air and the feeling of excitement and good will all around. There really is no better place to spend the holiday season.
If you’re thinking of visiting London for Christmas then now is the perfect time to start making plans. Why not avoid a soulless and impersonal hotel in favour of a cozy holiday home rental instead? A Place Like Home- London offers a host of different properties around the capital, meaning Santa can drop of your presents in a place that feels like your own!
Thinking of visiting London for Christmas but not sure what to see and do? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are some of our favourite fun and festive events in the city that the whole family can enjoy:
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
You can’t talk about Christmas fun in the capital without mentioning Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Although this event has been happening in the city for less than a decade, it has quickly established itself as an essential part of Christmas in London. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is part European Christmas market, part fun fair, and so much more.
Whilst entrance to the Wonderland is free, there are several ticketed shows and experiences that form part of the event. These include visits to see Santa, circus events, and a huge outdoor ice skating rinks for kids. For grown-ups there are comedy nights and a traditional Bavarian beer hall. If you plan to attend any of these events then booking them in advance is essential, as they can become booked up very quickly. If you’re spending an extended period of time in the capital over Christmas then visit Winter Wonderland on a weekday: At the weekends the crowd levels can become extremely high, whilst weekday mornings boast the lowest crowd levels. Whenever you choose to visit though, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland provides fun for all the family, and is a sure fire way to ensure everyone starts feeling festive.
Harrods Christmas Spectacular
If you’re in Knightsbridge then there is only one store that every tourist wants to visit: Harrods. This London institution is well worth a visit whatever the time of year, but particularly at Christmas, where huge portions of the store are transformed into an extravagant (and expensive) winter wonderland. Whether you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, exclusive Christmas ornaments, or you want to stock up the pantry in your holiday home with delicious high-end festive fayre, there is no better place to be.
Travelling to London with children? Be sure to book a visit to see Santa in Harrods very own grotto. Famed as one of the very best Santa’s in London, you can then take your kids to explore the stores famous toy department: a wonderful hour of fun for everyone!
Enjoy the Christmas Lights
Between November and December, almost every street in London will host a special celebration as they turn on their Christmas lights. These add a wonderfully festive twinkle across the city, and immediately inject Christmas magic to every corner. The most famous Christmas lights in London can be found on Oxford Streets, whilst Regents street boasts of more than 300,000 lights in their festive display.
If you’re looking for something a little quirky and off-piste then head to Carnaby Street, where the colourful light displays always have a fun, retro feel. Finally, if you want to enjoy the Christmas lights of London set to the backdrop of some of the city’s finest sights then why not head to the river? Against the backdrop of the Thames, you will see the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, and hundreds of beautiful lights reflected in the water. This is a great way to walk off a decadent Christmas meal, or let the kids let off some steam if they’ve been cooped up inside.
Visit a Pantomime
The Christmas panto is a British institution! A Pantomime is a theatrical experience aimed at children and adults alike, which is based on a fairy tale or nursery story and combined slapstick comedy and drama with audience participation in a high spirited (and noisy) theatre experience. Pantomimes are generally only performed at Christmas, and are considered to be a wonderful introduction to theatre for children.
Some of the best pantomimes to look out for this Christmas include Dick Whittington, which is being performed at the London Palladium, and the slightly more serious A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic.