If there is one time of the year that makes London the best travel destination, it’s during Christmas! From its snow filled outdoors, festive markets, ice skating rinks and dazzling Christmas lights—London is atotal Christmas paradise.
Flights to London during the holidays can be particularly costly because of high demand so booking months ahead is a good idea.
Christmas gets extra special in London. Here are some reasons why.
Pop-up ice skatingrinks
It doesn’t matter if you’re like Bambi on ice, it’s the magical experience in London’s ice skating rinks that takes the cake! Invite your loved ones and have a skating evening in London’s numerous ice skating rinks set in the Somerset House, or in the iconic National History Museum that features a carousel and in many other rinks popping up all over London. Spin and glidewhile adoring the stunning views of the rinks filled with decorations, ice sculptures, and a thousand twinkling lights accompanied by a Christmas soundtrack to get you on a festive mood.
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Santa Claus is all around the city!
Nothing’s more exciting than meeting Santa Claus in London during Christmas! Have your Christmas wish-list ready as he will be making appearances in different locations. He will be in the ZSL London Zoo to spread cheer together with his reindeers. Catch him in Santa’s cozy grotto at the WWT London Wetland Centre where there are white huskies that can take you to an adventurous sleigh ride.
You can also sail with Santa for an hour at the City Cruises’ Sail at the Thames River.
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Museums and galleries offer festive events and delights
Wrap up warm and walk around the city to visit some of London’s renowned museums dressed up for Christmas. Visitors are in for a treat with a range of festive exhibitions and events taking place.
Catch performances of A Christmas Carol in Charles Dickens Museum or admire that upside down Christmas tree in Tate Britain. Explore 400 years of Christmas in British homes through an exhibition in Geffrye Museum. There will be a lot of Christmas storytelling at the National and Dulwich Picture Gallery.
London’s streets are filled with bright sparkly lights
Hop on board in one of London’s bus tours and see the dazzling Christmas lights of the city! The streets of London are donned with Christmas hues during December so get your tickets and try out this tour which will pass through different attractions such as the Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city filled with bright sparkly lights!
Christmas carols and concerts
Have an evening of Christmas carols to put youinto that holiday spirit. Major venues like the Westminster Abbey will be staging concerts and Christmas carols featuring world famous singers and orchestras. Historic houses and churches will have recitals or even celebrity readings. Choir singing carols in different venues around the city for charity will surely give you that festive mood.
Festive shopping in Christmas markets
Find unique gift ideas in one of London’s Christmas markets! Head over to the Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland or Kingston Christmas Market where you can buy handmade crafts, toys, and quirky accessories. There will also be food stalls, carol singing, carnival rides and loads of pretty lights.
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