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Ten things to do in London this Christmas

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‘Tis the season, and there is lots to see and do in the capital to get you into that Christmas spirit. No, it isn’t all about the shopping! Here are ten things to do in London this Christmas:

Find the magical Christmas atmosphere:

Go to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, wander through the magical illuminated woodland at Syon Park, get a taste of regal Christmas fun at Kensington Palace or enchant the kids with a trip to ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’, at the Warner Bros. Studio.

Take to the Ice:

There are plenty of ice rinks to choose from. How about the ice rink in the beautiful 18th Century Courtyard of Somerset House, the Hampton Court Palace rink with stunning views of the Palace used by Henry VIII, or the rink at the National History Museum, which has a lovely tree at the centre.

Christmas Carol Singing:

Join the massive crowds singing carols in Trafalgar Square. For an emotional and holy experience listen to the carols in Westminster Abbey on Christmas Eve, or the candlelit carols at St. Martin’s in the Field Church.

See the Man Himself:

Father Christmas will be visiting various locations and can be visited in grottos across the city. Amongst the best places to see the jolly fellow are the grotto at Hamleys, or the one at Selfridges. Also excellent fun is travelling back to Victorian England to meet Santa Claus at the Museum of London Docklands.

Meet the Reindeer:

There are reindeer in a special festive paddock at ZSL London Zoo, and you can also see and even touch real reindeer alongside a silver reindeer statue in Covent Garden. At London Wetland Centre, you can see reindeer, and Father Christmas, and can even take a sleigh ride to meet him, pulled by Huskies.

Go to a Christmas Fair:

There are so many Christmas Fairs in London that it is difficult to know where to begin, but the Christmas Market in Belgravia has a certain bohemian, up-market flair, the Real Food Christmas Market serves up everything in the line of festive edibles you can possibly imagine, and the North London Vintage Christmas Market has a lot of retro goodies to choose from. Kew Gardens has a twinkly fairground vibe, and will be popular with the children.

Christmas Dinner on the Thames:

On the big day itself, take a leisurely cruise on the river, and tuck into a sumptuous feast on the waters.

Have a Christmas Afternoon Tea:

Have the traditional tea at the Ritz, or splurge on a mid-afternoon treat at Claridges. Other options include the Dorchester, Harrods, or if you have the kids in tow, a Paddington Bear themed tea at the Athenaeum.

Take in the Bright Lights:

Christmas Lights adorn much of the city at this time of year. Why not stroll through Covent Garden for a beautiful tree, magical lights and much more. Check out the cool display as you window shop on Carnaby Street, Oxford Street, Regents Street or St. Christopher’s Place. Look at the many Christmas trees, including the massive one in Trafalgar Square, and the famously tasteful and stylish tree in Claridges.

Head to a Ski Lodge:

Yes, a ski lodge in London – the after part without the pesky cold skiing bit. There are several winter themed bars and restaurants to choose from, including Montague Ski Lodge, Piste at Archer Street, and York and Albany’s Winter Cabin.

Have a very Merry Christmas in London!

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