Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Spending Christmas in London

Christmas is a magical time of year, but no more so than in London. London seems to celebrate Christmas with style and aplomb. There is a smattering of tasteful Bavarian markets throughout the city. The Oxford Street Christmas lights are sure to please everyone. They have become something of an institution in the UK. In short, Christmas-time in London is truly magical.

Every year, Christmas seems to get bigger within the Capital. So, if you are keen to head to London this December, there is a wealth of things that you can do.

Let’s find out more.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park transforms itself into a winter wonderland during the festive season. From mid-November, there is ice skating, festive cheer and sculptures to enjoy. Traditional Bavarian food is on offer in the form of bratwurst and crepes. There is also ice skating within the confines of the park too. You can head to Santa’s Grotto with the kids and make their Christmas one to remember.

Carol Singing: The Traditional Way

London prides itself on hosting a traditional way of celebrating Christmas. So, ditch the tinsel l and head to the Albert Hall for a night of singing and dancing. There are some of the old time favourites being sung by professional carol singers and choirs. It's heart-warming and will soon make you feel festive. Of course, there are a large number of hidden hotels in London that also host these kinds of services. With traditional Victorian dress and the classics being sung, it’s sure enough to give you a feeling of Christmas. After all, it’s not all about tinsel, turkey and presents.

Entertainment and Shows

London is the home of the theatre. If you are keen to see something a little more highbrow than a typical pantomime, London has some fantastic shows. The Opera House hosts a Christmas themed show every year. This year, it’s dedicating its efforts to the Nutcracker. This timeless classic is a favourite and is sure to please everyone who is in a festive mood. The ballet is a must see for anyone who is keen to see the most highbrow side of London. It’s the world’s most traditional ballet and is a must-see event. It’s simple, elegant and sure to please.

Head to the Christmas Markets

Every city centre hosts their own Bavarian and German themed Christmas market, but there is none that match the splendour of the Big Smoke. Head to South Bank for the best Christmas-themed market in the country. There are ginger breads, wine and traditional ales. Alongside this are the Finnish Church events. The Finnish Church host their own Nordic markets. These are an absolute must if you have never seen anything like this before. Reindeer stew is a typical dish served at Nordic markets. It depends on how you feel about Rudolph before you tuck into a bowl!

Christmas in London is a magical time. The festivities are sure to please even the most ardent of Scrooges. With so much to see and do, you may need to stay for the whole month of December.

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