Top things to do in London at Christmas
From glittering lights, to ice-skating and markets, London is magical during the Christmas period. In this blog post, I will be sharing all my favourite festive activites to do in London.
Winter Wonderland takes over Hyde Park once again this year with rows of market stalls selling everything from handmade crafts to bratwurst and mulled wine, alongside fairground rides, an ice rink, a circus and a rotating carousel bar. I especially love the giant German Beer Tent, which has a great atmosphere thanks to the live music.
Where? Hyde Park
When? 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019
How much? Free entry, but pre-paid tickets for Magical Ice Kingdom and other attractions
Winterville, Clapham Common
Winterville is South London’s answer to Winter Wonderland, returning for the third time this year. Popping up will be Clapham’s very first ice-rink, Backyard Cinema’s winter garden and an epic street feast. There’ll also be plenty of ticketed shows on offer including Cirque du Cabaret, Mexican Wrestling and an all-singing, all-dancing All-Abba Disco.
Where? Clapham Common
When? 15th November to 23rd December
How much? Free entry, tickets for attractions available in advance or on the door
Ice-Skating at Somerset House
It’s an annual classic and for good reason. skate along illuminated ice beside the glorious Somerset House and admire the enormous sparkling Christmas tree. When you’ve done enough skating there’s an array of other entertainment to enjoy, like the Christmas market for late-night shopping and the Skate Lounge for a cocktail and some warm hearty food.
Where? Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
When? 14 Nov 2018 – 13 Jan 2019
How much? £11
Hogwarts in the Snow
Seeing Chrsitmas at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films was truely a cnematic delight (espeically Victor Krum at the Yule Ball!) This year why not experience Christmas in the Wizarding World as you wander through The Great Hall and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as the Studio Tour undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow.
Where? Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
When? From 17 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
How much? From £33
Christmas at Kew
Normally, Kew Gardens is one of London’s prettiest places to visit, but at Christmas it’s even more glorious as, when night falls, the grounds are illuminated with over a million twinkling lights. The glittering trees are well lit with lanterns, snowflakes and stars and there’s also enchanting light and sound shows.
Where? Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
When? 22 November 2018 – 5 January 2019, 5pm – 10pm (timed entry every 30 minutes)
How much? From £16.50 for an adult, £10 for a child
Winter Market, Southbank Centre
This strecth of cute fairy-lit huts offers spiced mulled wine, cinnamon treats and hand-made gifts. This year also promises a vareity of acitivties tog et you in the festive spirit, suchs as carol singing and theatre performances.
Where? Southbank Centre
When? 9th November – 27th December 2018
How much? The Christmas market is free, but all other events are ticketed