London is definitely one of the places to be in during Christmas and New Year. The hustle and bustle is replaced by more colour, joy and vibrancy when the festive season comes round. Much like New York City in a way.
You get the sense that festivities are in full swing. Mulled wine and mince pies popping up in restaurants, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, festive lights and decorations shining on Carnaby and Regent street. The list is endless!
This autumn gone I did a blog post on 5 of the most exciting things that you’ve got to get round to doing in London. I thought why not follow that up with one for the winter.
Let’s get Christmas spirit and joy going in ourselves with these 5 activities guaranteed to be full of excitement and sensation:
1. Winter Wonderland
Ever wondered how a winter-themed fun fair would look like in real life exactly?
Well look no further than the popular Winter Wonderland, fast becoming a household name around London during this wintry period if it isn’t already.
Fairground rides, mini Winter villages, ice skating rinks, well decorated food and drink stalls and live Christmas music and shows in it’s own Megadome. Winter Wonderland lives up to its name in terms of turning Hyde Park into a magical place experience and giving people a feeling of childhood nostalgia. There’s something for someone whether you’re a child, adult, wity family, friends or riding solo.
This was put in at no.1 spot on my bucket list this year. I cannot stress more about much of a life necessity going to Winter Wonderland is. At least once.
The theme park is currently open from 10am to 10pm till the 5th January in Hyde Park.
2. Christmas By The River Market
A Christmas market that is set up by London Bridge around that time of the year. Most renowned and tradition London Christmas markets often open from late November till early January just after the New Year celebrations
Just by the riverside, you’ll find over 70+ Christmas stalls disguised as wooden huts. Huts that are well packed with authentic Christmas food, drink, crafts and gifts guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Backed up with live music, beautifully lit and lights and famous attractions like Tower Bridge and Tower of London in the background.
So yep basically, clear views of the iconic landmarks that will make for a great new screensaver or socials. Whilst kept warm by puddings and stuffings and egg nog if you’re feeling very festive with perhaps Michael Buble’s Christmas hits playing in the background. Simple. What more do you want 😛
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3. Visit More Christmas-Themed Markets
Don’t just stop at the Christmas By The River market in terms of market shopping this Christmas and New Years.
It being London we’re talking the city is lit and dotted with many festive markets that are just as spectacular and atmospheric as the aforementioned.
You’ve got Southbank Christmas market just by the riverside. I ended up doing a photo shoot there around this time last year and the scenery was gorgeous. Every winter they bring out these cute, winter pods that you can book for dinner.
There’s also the Flat Iron Square market in Southwark and Kingston Christmas Market. Both which are decorated more like ski villages and are great for finding real Christmas gems whilst shopping.
Again there are many other markets I haven’t mentioned that are definitely worth a look in.
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4. Go Ice-Skating
If you’re more of a sporty, active person and looking for something fun and festive to do then Ice skating this winter season could be what you’re looking for.
Show off any impressive skates with your partner, learn some new acrobatics you’ve got or simply enjoy a family. Indoor or ourdoor, ice skating is a very inclusive activity to do and can create special memories with loved ones. Some of the places to go include Lea Valley Indoor Ice centre Walthamstow, National History Museum and Tower of London Ice rinks, not to mention the one in Winter Wonderland also.
Beyond that there are plenty of temporary ice rinks set up all over London.
5. See A Disney On Ice Show
The final activity on our list is seeing a Disney On Ice show. If you’re a big fan of Disney now’s your chance to celebrate Christmas with your beloved Disney characters and see them ice skate and put in musical performances.
Shows are part of tours that frequently take place all over the UK every year. The shows in London are at the O2 from Boxing Day till the 5th January.
Witness performances from your classic Disney characters when they hit the Ice rink. You’ve got your Disney queens in Snow White, Cinderella as well as the iconic animals such Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Pretty much the OGs really.
This year is the 100th Year anniversary of Disney so they’re going in to make sure fans are well entertained.
One of my blogging friendsTanya from Glam Glitz Gloss went to the O2 for a show a few weeks ago and loved every minute o it. She even managed to land seats at the front row to get surprise so that may be you if you book.
Disney on Ice will also come back to London a la Wembley Arena between 2nd-5th April 2020 in case you miss out during the winter season.
P.S. And why not Back it up with a trip to the cinema to see Frozen II just for nostalgic.
If you’re in London what exciting plans do you have around Christmas and New Year? Have you spent Christmas and New Year in London before? Got any better suggestions than the ones above. Let me know your thoughts on in the comments below.
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