Why I Love Christmas in London


This time of year something magical happens to the city of  London; it turns into a Christmas fairy-tale town. It really is hard to stick to your inner-Scrooge with everything that is happening around the capital. Read on to see why.


The Street Lights

All major shopping streets will be donned with sparkly lights around the middle of September, cloaking the streets in a festive atmosphere. Regent Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street organise an event around the switching on of these lights, with fireworks, food and celebrity appearances to boot.

Why I love Christmas in London

The Department Store Windows

With so many department stores in this city, the number of amazingly cool Christmas shop windows is staggering. There is Selfridges of course, which never ceases to amaze window shoppers, and the Harrods lights which you can see from whatever manner of view point across town, but my personal favourite is John Lewis/Peter Jones, which usually touches the heart string as much as their yearly TV advert.

Why I Love Christmas in London

The Christmas Markets


Christmas markets are no longer something you need to travel to Germany and Austria for. From November these festive markets are popping up around various places in the capital. There is Winter Wonderland, which seems to be growing every year with  more rides and stalls selling crafts and heart warming food. There is the Winter Market on the South Bank and Winterville in Victoria Park for instance and various regular, local markets, like the one in Belgravia and the one of Duke of York Square, will turn festive around this time of year as well.

Why I love Christmas in London


The Ice Skating

It might not be cold enough outside, but come November the outdoor ice skating rinks are popping up like mushrooms. I personally love the ones at Somerset House, Hampton Court and the Natural History Museum, where you skate under the stars and amongst hundreds of years of history.

Why I Love Christmas in London


The Events

This time of year, London's events calendar is brimming with Christmas events and performances, conventional ones and not so conventional ones. The theatres in the West-End will put on festive plays like Scrooge/ A Christmas Carol or the Nutcracker and there is the Christmas Panto performances of course, but you'll also find some quirky events such as the Great Christmas Pudding Race, the Santa Run in Battersea Park and Christmas Jumper Day. Although the latter is a nationwide, charity event, but still worth a mention.

Why I Love Christmas in London


Comments

  1. I LOVE all of these things about Christmas in London, it really is full of festivities! :)

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    1. It is isn't it? I think it is the best city to be in this time of year.

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  2. I hope to pop back over to London for some festivities. I'm thinking next year to do a circuit around the UK for Christmas-y things. Any specific suggestions?

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    1. Newcastle is supposed to be fun as well and there is NYE in Edinburgh! Lots of stuff to do.

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  3. London is so special at Christmas. My favourite for Christmas decorations has to be Fortnum & Mason's which has wonderful window displays and lovely foodie goodies inside. I love the way that the skating rinks have sprung up in the most historic places too. I like your tips about the local markets.

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    1. London is like a big collection of little villages and they all have their individual events for Christmas.

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  4. What on earth is the great christmas pudding race?! that sounds like so much fun! I wish I could ice skate whenever I see these festive ice rinks! I love going to the Christmas markets too, though Winter Wonderland is far too crowded for my liking so I prefer some of the smaller ones or the waterside position on southbank - aaah all so festive :)

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    1. haha, it is something you must go and see once in your live! It is on tomorrow in Covent Garden.

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  5. There *IS* just something so fantastic about London Christmases!

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    1. The only down side is that when I go back for the actual thing in Holland, it is all a bit of a let down! ;-)

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  6. Ahh, you're making me miss London! This will be my first Christmas in six years away from the city and I miss everything on this list!

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    1. Ah, hopefully I made you miss London a tiny bit less by writing this post. Merry Christmas wherever you are!

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  7. I agree, Christmas turns London into a magical little paradise. The ice skating rinks are so cute especially when out the front of the Tower of London or one of the imposing museums.
    Merry Christmas!
    xx
    Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes

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    1. I haven't been to the one at the Tower of London yet, but heard so much about it. I must go soon.

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  8. Great post - just reminds me how much I love London! I'm hoping to get out to one of the ice skating rinks this winter, I've been a bit slack the past few years!

    Sophie :-)

    October's Girl Blog

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    1. hehe, me too actually. I just went to the one at the Natural History Museum, but there are so many of them now.

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  9. I love my commute through london at this time of year - it is oh so pretty

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