It’s that time of year – the weather is cold, the days are shorter, and shopping centres across the city are filled with people rushing around like headless chickens trying to sort out their last minute Christmas shopping – yep it’s the holidays…
Whilst that sums up a typical December Saturday in London, it has become well known for its extravagant Christmas lights display spanning accross Oxford Street to Carnaby street; and has become hailed as one of the greatest places in the world to celebrate Christmas and New Year. If you’re visiting London for Christmas 2017 here are a list of destinations to visit if you want to get the most out of the Christmas spirit.
Carnaby street Xmas lights
Feel a little carnival spirit in December with the bright decorations and lights display on the well known fashion corner street. If you have little ones they too will enjoy this distinctive element of the city.
Covent Garden Christmas
Christmas at Covent Garden features up to 40 mistletoe chandeliers hanging from the street light lamp posts and buildings. A beautiful display made for picturesque images and videos.
Christmas bike tour
If you are a fan of cycling as I am, you’ll have fun on the Christmas bike tour around the city. The tour starts at The London Bicycle Tour Company’s Southbank HQ where you will be provided with bikes, helmets, and bike lights; and takes you past destinations such as sloane square, Big Ben, Oxford street, and Bond street.
If you’re a fully fledged Londoner you’ve probably already visited Winter Wonderland in previous years at London’s Hyde Park. The Christmas fair never disappoint with its array of bars, pubs, rides, and winter themed events. It’s perfect for families, kids, or even just a day out with friends. It comes with free entry and runs between November 17th – January 1st.
Christmas in Leicester Square
Leicester Square has become home to the annual Christmas market featuring performances by Fascinating Aida, Cabaret at Christmas, Al Murray and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine show. The market also includes Santa’s grotto along with food and drink, and a variety of Christmas shows. Whilst tickets are free, Santa’s grotto does need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
For those looking to leave the city for the holidays in aid of a short last minute getaway, here’s a list of great Christmas getaways in Europe.
Whatever you decide to do be sure to document your events, either via a journal, phots, or even an xmas 2017 vlog. Christmas is one of the only times of the year where we can somewhat relax from work and enjoy being around those closest to us – so why not make the most of it this year!
How will you be celebrating the holidays? Share your comments below 🙂
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