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23 Sep 2014

5 Reasons to Spend Christmas in London



London is a fantastic place to spend Christmas and thousands flock to city during the festive season to take in the sights and sounds of London at Christmastime. There is always so much to do in London and Christmas is no different with Yuletide markets and events popping up throughout the city. Even for hardened Londoners, it's hard not to get swept up in the spirit of things when there is so much Christmas cheer in the city! If you are thinking of taking a trip over the Christmas holidays, here are 5 reasons to spend Christmas in London.



1. Outdoor Ice Rinks
Outdoor ice rinks spring up around the city in the months running up to Christmas and the city turns into a winter wonderland with kids and adults alike converging on the outdoor rinks for some skating action. Whether you are a Torvill and Dean wannabe or a skating virgin, this is a fun way to spend a crisp Winter's day in London at some of the most iconic attractions in the capital. Several ice rinks are located around the city during the Christmas period including at the Natural History Museum, Tower of London, Somerset House and the London Eye.
For more info, check out our blog on the best outdoor ice rinks in London.

2. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Set in London's largest park, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has something for everyone of all ages. The Magical Ice Kingdom has ice sculptures galore and there are plenty of thrilling rides to get your adrenaline pumping. After all this you can sip warming gluhwein or try a traditional German beer in the Bavarian Village. The observation wheel allows spectacular views across London while the Christmas markets contain festive treats, crafts and decorations.
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3. Oxford Street Christmas Lights

The Oxford Street Christmas lights are world famous and bring a festive cheer to what is one of the busiest shopping streets in London. The Christmas lights are usually switched on in mid-November and attract thousands over Christmas and New Year. The Christmas lights, transformed last year, are said to resemble falling snow and boasts a massive 1,778 baubles! These impressive lights are on display from November to January and it's a great excuse to get a bit of shopping in as well. If you don't fancy trekking to Oxford Street, then the decorations at Covent Garden market are a must. The entire marketplace is transformed with giant red baubles and an impressive Christmas tree to boot.


4. Christmas Markets

A variety of Christmas markets come to London for the festive season but the most famous of these is the Southbank Centre Christmas Market. Inspired by the picturesque Bavarian Christmas markets, the wooden chalets are set along the banks of the River Thames and sell everything from mulled wine, bratwurst and gingerbread to Christmassy carfts and trinkets. Take a stroll through the market and then take in the impressive sights of the London Eye and Big Ben further along the Southbank. For more information on Christmas markets in London, check out our blogpost here.



5. Christmas Carols at Trafalgar Square

Nothing says Christmas like the sound of carols being sung and how about listening to carols in one of the capital's most popular attractions? Trafalgar Square is one of the iconic sights in London and each year, there are a variety of carol sessions at the base of the spectacular Christmas tree in the square. Enjoy traditional carols and take in the sights of Nelson's column and the National Gallery while you are there.
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