Where else in the world can you find more things to do in the season of giving than in London? The answer is a resounding no place! London goes all out each year at Christmas with the best decorations and activities to take in in all of Europe. Between Christmas carolers, light displays, Christmas Markets and decorated retailers there is no shortage of activities to enjoy. We’ve compiled 10 great ideas to get your Santa on this year and they are guaranteed to bring out the Christmas elf in us all…
- Covet Garden Christmas Lights
Few places in London can rival the Christmas display put on by Covet Gardens. One of the best indoor shopping choices of the season you can’t help but be in a festive mood with all the decorations and Christmas themed displays. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping at this unrivaled indoor shopping experience.
- Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
So long as we are on the subject of greatly decorated displays let’s not forget one of The City’s finest outdoor acts in town at Hyde Park. This historic site is transformed each year to entertain Londoner’s and tourists alike. With loads of activities for the kids and adults alike you can’t go wrong wandering around the Wonderland, it’s just one of many of the Top 10 Christmasy Things to do In London.
- Borough Christmas Market
So long as shoppings’ on the mind one of the best outdoor markets to catch each year are the festivities down at Borough Market. Take in all the traders at one of the best places to buy gifts and super seasonal produce. You will find all the ingredients you need to put on your very own Christmas feast and be the best host of the holiday. The market’s historic arches are decked out in a x-mas display that rivals any market’s and local area carolers patrol the grounds with great Christmas sounds. And for the foodies amongst you be sure to catch the local area chef’s at the market’s Demonstration Kitchen, cooking up holiday favorites.
- South Bank’s Christmas Snack Shacks
So long as we are in the food mood don’t miss out on the delightful decadents of market food offered at South Bank’s Christmas Market stalls. Each year brings the Real Food Christmas Market section where Christmas cakes, mulled cider, and mince meat pies abound. You’ll want to be sure you catch this treat with an empty stomach so as to take in the best Christmas delectables and delicacies the market has to offer.
- Natural History Museum’s Ice Skating
There’s no arguing that the festive mood abounds at one of the greatest Christmas traditions The City has to offer. Enjoy the enchanting scenery with your children or your honey as you glide across the ice amidst the best decoration and sounds of the season our town has to offer. The balcony bar offers hot chocolate and parental choices of wine, mulled and not. Amongst the many glittering lights in this outdoor tradition your family can enjoy while checking out the Top 10 Christmasy Things to do In London.
- The Ghost of Christmas Present Christmas Day Walk in London
The only day of the year you’ll have the streets of London to yourself is on Christmas Day. Aside from the restaurants offering Christmas feasts, there are no buses and taxi’s to take up the streets and you’ll have The entire City to yourself. Peter Berthoud starts a guided tour at the wee hours of 6 am so if you are searching for secret serenity on the Holiday, you’ll want to take part.
- Merry Christmas Meats
What could be more British than a traditional fanciful fowl meal on Christmas Day? There are two places we’d recommend to line up for your favorite choice cut. You can get in the queue at Frank Godfrey butcher shop in Highbury, where you’ll find the finest fowl of goose, turkey, and duck about town. Or for those who are trying to save a pound over the holidays join the last minute auction outside of Harts the Butcher on Christmas Eve. The action starts at 11 am and you’ll need cash to take advantage of this bargain. While you’re there check out the other offerings at Smithfield Market.
- Hustle and Bustle of Oxford Street Market
Few spots in London can brag when it comes to a lights extravaganza like Oxford Street. Here you will find the Yuletide in full swing as you search for your Santa finds amongst some of the best shops in London. Once the lights switch on it’s impossible to not be swept up in the Christmas Spirit, and speaking of spirits, there are lots of places to stop for a meal and a pint.
- Decadent Décor of Harrods
No one retailer puts on the display like the London original Harrod’s Department store. For some of the most lavish displays of any store at Christmas Harrod’s puts most shops to shame. The mystique starts outside as you take in some of the most fanciful window displays downtown. The Knightsbridge shop is known around the world for its lavish displays of thousands of twinkling lights and carriages.
- Carnaby Street Decorations
Few places in London do it up like this fanciful spot at Christmas. Carnaby Street is well known for its annual Christmas displays of balloons, trees, baubles and bows. Everyone from retailers to offices gets involved in this neighborhood to put on the most festive display. So there you have it…the Top 10 Christmasy Things to do In London this season.