The capital never disappoints when looking for fun things to do with friends, family or a loved one, and this certainly rings true when the Christmas period starts to rear its festive head.
Yes, we know it’s only the middle of November and you’re still getting over your Halloween celebrations, but with only 38 days to go until Christmas day, (yes that’s right — 38…) why not start to bask in all the Christmas spirit London has to offer by booking travel for your group to one (or more!) of these great attractions or events:
1. Ice Skating at Somerset House
Glide, slide and possibly fall over on the most popular ice rink in London, Somerset House. Set in the picturesque Edmind J. Safra Fountain Court with the famous neoclassical facade, this central London ice rink is a perfect day for all the family, including the kids. The ice rink runs day skating sessions and a programme of festive ‘Skate Lates’ club nights when the rink comes alive with music from rink-side DJs. There’s food, drink and even a chance to shop at the Christmas pop-up shop so get those skates on! More information can be found here.
2. Winter Wonderland Hyde Park.
No Christmas in London is complete without a trip to the truly magical Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! Open from Friday 17 November 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018, Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for you and the whole family to indulge in markets, fun fairs, ice skating, grottos and gluhwein (mulled wine) galore!
The festival has become a landmark event for Londoners and tourists alike. It is still free to enter Winter Wonderland grounds and take in the joyous atmosphere. With over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, it is no wonder why thousands of visitors return to Winter Wonderland each year to celebrate the Christmas season.
You’ll have so much fun you wont even realise its – 3 degrees. Note: take gloves! More information can be found here.
3. The Ideal home show at Christmas, London Olympia.
Get your group booking sorted fast, as this years ‘The Ideal home show at Christmas’ takes place between the 22nd and 26th November at London Olympia!
The event provides you with awe-inspiring ideas to jazz up the home in time for the big day, and according to the website, its “the perfect start to your festive celebrations with inspirational demos, tasty treats from top food and drink producers in the Eat & Drink Festival, plus shop and sample everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season”.
If anything, just go for the unlimited samples of free mince pies. What more could you want? More information can be found here.
4. Winter Festival at Southbank centre.
There are of course numerous Christmas markets and festivals scattered around the Capital this time of year, but time after time the Southbank centre manages to deliver that perfect Christmas spirit, mainly with their abundance of mulled wine, food, festive shows, shopping and family entertainment.
From the 10th November until 4th January 2018, you are able to warm up your winter with Nordic treats and festive favourites.
The festival allows you to, “Make memories at magical shows for the young and young at heart. Find your inner dancing queen in our interactive exhibition. Enjoy free festive events from choirs and social dances to ABBA singalong and live music. Whether it’s a visit to see the beautiful tree or an evening ringing in a vintage-style New Year, there’s something for everyone this Wintertime”.
You had us at Mulled wine, Southbank Centre. More information can be found here.
5. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Hogwarts in the snow
We are going out on a limb here and assuming that you, like every other human being, are partial to a bit of Harry Potter. Fear not muggle, because from the18th November – 28th January 2018, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Hogwarts in the snow will be dressed and ready for Christmas.
Gather your troops and arrange your booking/ travel so you can, “see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. The Great Hall will be transformed, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model”.
As well as the standard tour, you can even have Christmas dinner in the Hogwarts great hall; a simply unique experience to share with your Harry Potter loving-family. More information can be found here.