It is December and that means one thing – IT IS ALMOST CHRISTMAS!
Whether you are religious or not, Christmas provides a perfect excuse to party, dress up, drink plenty of hot chocolate and eat tonnes of delicious food. If you are lucky enough to be in London this festive season, there are lots of fun events and things to get involved with. Here are my favorite things to do in December in London.
Make the most of the cold days by ice-skating with friends, family or your partner. Its a fab way to stay fit, work off those mince pies and keep warm.
A lovely spot to skate is outside the Natural History Museum. The rink there costs £12.65 for adults and you can book online.
For a slightly cheaper ice-skating experience check out Ally Pally (£9.50). Alexandra Palace ice rink is located in a lovely park with fantastic views across London.
In London there are plenty of Christmas markets dotted about – some better than others. Most are pretty similar. Make plans to meet friends for a hot chocolate or a cup of mulled wine at these markets. The markets provide a lively atmosphere and get you well and truly in the Christmas spirit. I like the market by Vauxhaul Station – they do a tasty mulled wine. However, there are no stalls there. It is just a place to sit and relax.
If you are after stalls with Christmas gimmicks, Leicester Square would be a better option for you. However, conversely, there is not much seating there for drinks. It is a market to walk around and not sit in.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has it all, from an ice-rink to roller coaster rides. It is a great hang out for friends and families. There are kids rides, ice bars for the adults and Ferris wheels for all. It has been running for 10 years.
Entry is free, you pay for rides, food and drink. If you don’t want to spend anything you can still go and soak up the Christmas vibes.
Jump on a London red double decor bus at Tottenham Court Road, sit at the top and take a ride down Oxford Street. You will see all the amazing decorations and lights. I would recommend checking out Selfridges’ windows. Their exquisite Christmas displays are top notch.
Carnaby Street and Covent garden are other places with amazing Christmas light displays.
Galleries are generally speaking free to enter. At the moment the Tate Britain has an Upside down Christmas trees exhibition.
Kew Garden has great light displays on over the festive period. They are also a great place to go and enjoy a hot drink at .
There are plenty of actives to do as Christmas approaches. so fear not, winter is not all that bad – especially if you are in London. Hop on the tube and explore all there is on your doorstep.