Another day another Christmas post! It only feels like 5 minutes ago it was July and I was in Marrakech soaking up the sun but nope here we are discussing the C word again. The past few years me and my sister try and spend every weekend in December at some sort of Christmas market, event or light show. Last year we went to Blenheim Palace illuminated light trail and Christmas market which was amazing!
I’ve noticed this year they are holding Alice in the Palace which gives ticket holders the chance to explore the palace with a festive indoor trail. I realise this is a Christmas in London post and Blenheim Palace is in Oxford but I couldn’t help myself! Lets look at some of the exciting things happening in London this festive season…
- Friends Festive – https://www.friendsfestive.co.uk/
Taking place in the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch this Friends themed event looks like it’ll be so much fun! Fans will be able to visit sets, ring Phoebe’s bell outside the mall, visit the Holiday Armadillo’s grotto (LOL) and this is my favourite bit..recreate the Thanksgiving floating heads scene.
|Dates||28 November to 21 December 2019|
|Opening hours||Everyday 11am to 10pm|
|Ticket prices||£32 admission + £2.50 booking fee|
2. Christmas at Kew is one of my favourite light trails! Me and my sister went in 2017 and it was such a cute evening, here are some of my photos from that night..
I would probably recommend only going to one light trail a year as I have found that there really isn’t too much difference in the trails and lights that are on offer!
|Dates||20 November 2019 to 5 January 2020|
|Opening hours||5pm to 10pm|
|Ticket prices||Adult from £18, Family from £52, Child 4-16 from £11, Under 4s free.|
3. If ice skating is your thing then London is where you’re going to want to spend Christmas, there are so many to choose from!
- Ice Rink Canary Wharf
- Somerset House
- Tower of London
- Natural History Museum
- Rooftop ice skating at Skylight
- Hampton Court Palace
4. Hogwarts in the Snow, if you’re a Harry Potter fan you won’t want to miss the festive makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter! The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees, the dining tables will be dressed as if you were having a seasonal feast at Hogwarts and the stage will be decorated the same way it was seen at the Yule Ball!
|Dates||16 November 2019 to 26 January 2020|
|Tickets||2019 & 2020 prices available here|
5. Christmas shopping in Oxford Street. There’s something so magical about Oxford Street during the festive period, I think the beautiful Christmas lights and window decorations make the crowds a lot more bearable! Don’t just limit yourself to Oxford Street, head to Regent Street, Carnaby Street and definitely get over to Covent Garden. I would suggest heading out to shop as early as you can to (attempt to) beat the crowds!
6. Enchanted Eltham Palace another illuminating light trail! Taking place in the once Tudor royal residence which has since been transformed into an Art Deco mansion tickets are surprisingly affordable… Me and my sister have decided to go on 7 December 2019. See you there!
|Dates||5 December to 22 December 2019|
|Opening times||4.30pm to 9pm|
|Tickets||Two tier ticket prices, see here for more information|
7. Southbank Centre Winter Festival feel festive along the Thames with a Christmas market and seasonal food and drink. I went to the Southbank’s Christmas market a few years ago and whilst it was good fun I would suggest it isn’t somewhere you could spend the whole day. I would suggest popping in, especially if you’re coming into London vis Waterloo, before heading to one of the many Christmas events going on in the capital.
8. It’s impossible to talk about Christmas in London without mentioning Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. I’m fairly certain everyone and their mum has been to Winter Wonderland or at least have heard of it! Much like the Southbank Centre Winter Festival I wouldn’t suggest going to Winter Wonderland for the whole day, head over to Hyde Park in the evening when you can experience the Bavarian beer garden and lights by night!
9. I’ve already mentioned Hampton Court Palace with the ice rinks but last year I went to the Festive Fayre and there was lots to do, a champagne bar and loads of tasty food to try. If you’re into history this is a great palace to visit as it was the home of Henry VIII and we all know what a character he was!
If you’re local to Hampshire you may want to check out my post about the events taking place across the county for Christmas 2019.