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Get in to the festive spirit with these fun things to see and do in London

December 07, 2015

Get in to the festive spirit with these fun things to see and do in London

 In The Run Up To Christmas:

  1. Head over to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.  There is a lot to do, including ice skating, a big wheel and other rides, a Christmas market and much more.  Other great ice rinks are located at the National History Museum, the London Eye and Somerset House, some staying open later on New Year's Eve.  Why not stay for a warm glass of mulled wine and a mince pie?

  2. View the Christmas lights on the main shopping streets.  The most renowned are on Oxford Street and Regent's street. The shop windows in these streets, as well as in Knightsbridge and Piccadilly are also spectacular.  Christmas trees are also impressive this year - check out those in Trafalgar Square (the traditional fir gifted to the nation by Norway), the Disney Junior Christmas Tree in St Pancras station, the Fortnum & Mason tree at Somerset House (take a look whilst ice skating there), and a selection of beautifully-decorated trees in the Duke of York Square (Chelsea).

  3. Visit a Christmas Market!  The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is back with a huge array of pop-up shops and chalets, as well as food markets and entertainment.  The Tate Modern Christmas Market  is another great option, located between the gallery and the Thames along the riverbank.  Traditional gift ideas, a carousel, festive music and warming food and drink make this a great day out!  For foodies there is the Real Food Market from 15th December, located in the square just outside Kings Cross Station.  Great, sustainably- and ethically-sourced food is available, such as cured meats, cheeses and Christmas treats.

  4. We all love a sing-along at this time of year.  Join the fun at the Royal Albert Hall with the Christmas Carol Singalong on Saturday 13th December.  The carol service at Temple Church (off Fleet Street) is a more traditional event taking place on Wednesday 9th December.  If you prefer to sing along to more modern Christmas tunes, the Big Christmas Singalong on Friday 11th December at the Royal Festival Hall will be right up your street.  It's a charity event in aid of, and led by, The Choir With No Name.  Alternatively, join in the festivities at Kensington Palace with carols and other events over the Christmas period.

  5. Hit the shops!  The big department stores in London do Christmas extremely well!  Whether it be Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason or Liberty's to name a few - they are well worth a visit to soak up the festive atmosphere and get great gift ideas!

    New Year's Eve and Day:

    1. Book a meal at the Shard for a great view and celebrations at altitude!  Great views over the city as the fireworks commence.

    2. For New Year's Eve celebrations with a difference, head to the South Bank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall.  This is the location of the Vintage New Year's Eve Party - with live music, dance lessons, vintage cocktails and more!  Booking required - check online for details.  Dress to impress - a great opportunity to get dolled up in vintage gear!

    3. The New Year's Eve fireworks display.  Best seen from Westminster Bridge and Victoria Embankment, this event has become a real crowd-puller, so much so that it's now a ticketed event which has sold out.  If you managed to get tickets, you'll be perfectly positioned in ticketed areas.  Travel on TfL public transport is free between 23.45 on New Year's Eve through to 04.30 on New Year's Day.  Fireworks can be seen from various other spots along by the river Thames.

    4. The New Year's Day Parade will follow a route from Piccadilly through to Parliament Square and will contain a fun range of floats and performers to celebrate the first day of 2016!

    5. Head outdoors to one of London's Royal Parks.  A great way to walk off the excesses of the festive season and get some fresh air!

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