Christmas holidays in London

City Guide — By in September 9, 2012 6:53 pm

Christmas ornaments, two presents and Christmas Tree in the BackgroundLondon is such a special place for all the family at Christmas time. Everyone has a vision of a traditional Victorian Christmas scene with singers by a lantern singing carols, or perhaps you can picture ice skaters and holly. You can experience this today and so much more and fully enjoy the festive atmosphere and activities.

Carol singing

Listening to carol singers is such a joy, especially if you are in the Royal Albert Hall, or for a true Christmas experience you can listen to the carol singers from around the world, next to the Trafalgar Square huge lit up Christmas tree.

Ice skating

As it’s so popular, there are various outdoor ice rinks set up around the city in squares or the grounds of some of the historical attractions, for example the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court Palace and the moat of the Tower of London, where you can partake of the mediaeval Christmas event too. Hyde Park not only has a rink, but also a Christmas market, and a circus for you to revel in, at its Winter Wonderland.

Christmas lights

Most of the landmarks by the Thames are lit up with bright Christmas lights. Well-known stores such as Harrods and Hamleys become beautiful light spectacles. Regent Street is well-known for its street lights and don’t forget Oxford Street and the rest of the West End lights.

Father Christmas

The children will love a visit to Father Christmas’s Grotto at Harrods or Selfridges, to name but two, for them to say what they want for Christmas.


Christmas fairs abound all over London. Apart from doing your Christmas shopping, you can admire the store windows, decorated in true Christmas festive fashion.

Theatre, ballet and pantomime

There are always special performances during the Christmas period at the theatre. The English National Ballet puts on seasonal performances including the traditional Nutcracker which has been performed annually for more than 50 years. Christmas would not be Christmas without a pantomime. Behind you!

Geffrye Museum Exhibition

You can see period house interiors from 1600 to the present, showing how Londoners live. At Christmas each room in the transformed east London almshouses is decorated as part of the Christmas Past Exhibition which delightfully reveals the meanings of traditional customs.

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