London for a magical Christmas break will be memorable for you that’d be comfortable in the spirit of the season. Are you motivated to travel beyond, just to experience Christmas holiday fun in an unfamiliar territory, a cosmopolitan society; any place that has winter, easy connection to many parts of the world and pantomime? I suggest London.
Magical Christmas Holiday: Why London?
The merriment… It feels like Christmas. A lot of goings-on, like sightseeing, concert, shows, parties, markets, Events! Events!! Events!!! Yay! Christmas lights. Simple and attractive, you can find them everywhere from Regents to Oxford Streets.
The food is delicious. Traditional treats taste like more. What about mulled wine? Tasty. Here it’s ‘Merry Christmas’ not ‘Happy Holidays’. And you could find a cheap flight from many parts of the world. Round trip as low as ₦224, 000 or ₦805, 500 for a couple and two children if you are from Nigeria.
Half of the UK move to London and everywhere is packed. The experience could be rather challenging if you don’t book your trip, hotels, parties, tours and events in advance. It’s better you start now because November might be too late.
1. Attend a Christmas Party
London Christmas Party are a nice place to reunite with your neighbours whom you haven’t seen for a long time.
Of course, it’s that period of the year when everyone wants to party and have fun. You can get on the guest list of your alumni party. Reunite with friends and colleague or attend your company’s end-of-year party. You can come with family or your spouse to most of the Christmas-theme gigs. Tiger London offers an unmatched Christmas party and you can register online. The London Nigerian will keep you in the loop about forthcoming Nigerian events
2. Rubber-necking at Christmas window decor
Sight-see scintillating Christmas window decorations at your favourite shopping stall.
From December till after Christmas, expect to see traditional decorations in most stores and thoroughfares. Christmas window display is becoming quite an art form in the city (some of them start as early as June). Their sublime seasonal appeal is inspiring. Check them out while searching for gifts or shopping for your loved ones. From Harrods to Harvey Nichols, Selfridges to Liberty, scenes of Christmas decorations in department stores will captivate you.
3. Picturesque ice-skating rinks
You don’t need to be into skating to take a magical Christmas break to one of London’s skating rinks.
You don’t need to be a fan of skateboards to see the city’s selection of ice-skating rinks. London isn’t at the same level as North American and Continental cities when it comes to Christmas temperature yet nothing stops Londoners from returning to the rink at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They are a spectacle to see. The skating experience at Somerset House is so elegant with groups of international DJs on the ice-rink spinning the vinyl.
- Natural History Museum Ice Rink
- Eye Skate at London Eye
- Ice Rink at canary wharf
- Winter wonderland Ice Skating Rink
- Broad gate Ice skate Rink at Westfield Ice Rink
4. Classical Christmas concerts and theatres
Loads of light classical concerts take place in all sorts of venues from churches to the large auditoriums. You can listen to a special pop rendition of the traditional Christmas songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Corelli, Bach in Opera houses and specialist dance theatres. Enjoy many Jazz music events, admire the wooden toy soldiers & nutcrackers as you go past the city’s festive streets. London range of theatres typically sell out fast over Christmas. You will need to book in advance and could be done here.
5. See it all: Best of London sights and attractions
You’ll love to visit the sights and attractions of the South Bank during the festive season.
London attractions are within working distance of one another. Take an outdoors walk or employ the help of a professional tour guide to see them all. There are plenty of companies that offer day tours in London and outside the city, like Evan Evans, Golden Tours, Premium Tours. You can have a panoramic tour of London, including Parliament Square, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. London literally shuts down from the eve of Christmas until Boxing Day, so there’s hardly anything for tourists to do on these days, aside from taking a stroll along the vicinity of your hotel.
6. Christmas markets
London has Christmas markets similar to the real German thing. You may buy and present gifts to your spouse in some very good ones. You’ll find many options along the South Bank, which you should afford to see. There are one or more markets in Durham, Warwick and Oxford. Visit Shrewsbury or Chester, where there’s a good mix of independent shops and plenty historic buildings if Christmas Market Trip is really your thing.
7. Hyde Park
Christmas in London isn’t complete without a taste of the London weather (Rain, Snow and Cold).
You can’t afford to miss Hyde Park after it’s been transformed into Winter Wonderland heavy on mulled alcohol, giant fiery wheel, funfair, ice-skate rink and markets for shopping and grabbing gifts for loved ones. You can hang out with friends and take part in fun activities at its food stalls.
8. Official Christmas light switch event
The best place to see Christmas light in the whole of Great Britain aren’t far from you. Get inspired for your own festive decoration. Visit a Christmas switch event nearest to your hotel. Some of the biggest events taking place all around the UK demand an escape. Another reason to book a few days in London. Liverpool ONE shopping centre is on Sunday, 13th – November. Organisers of Croydon’s Christmas lights switch-on have confirmed Thursday, 17th November for the North End illuminations.
If you want to have a surprise-of-a-Christmas this year, you wouldn’t want to look beyond these impressions of a magical city, regardless of how snowy, rainy or cold it does get. These fun activities are not all outdoors and there’s more to a magical Christmas holiday in London than meets the eyes.