Christmas in London12 Nov 19
Christmas in London12 Nov 19
- Visiting London, Sightseeing, Top Picks
Christmas is on its way, making it the perfect time to build that London Christmas To Do List!
Photo by Kinson Leung on Unsplash
If you’re the kind of person who wishes Christmas was all day, every day, then Winter Wonderland should be at the top of your London Christmas to-do list. A corner of Hyde Park is transformed into a literal wonderland, with rides, games, market stalls and plenty of food and drink to enjoy.
Explore The Bavarian Village, or cool off even more in Bar Ice. Children will love Santa Land, and views from the ferris wheel are always a treat.
Contactless payments will be available at most establishments this year, making it easy to pay and enjoy the day with ease. But it might be worth bringing cash along, just in case. Find out more about this fantastic event here.
Bonus Fact: If you love Christmas, but you’re not too big on crowds, the famous event is open till 5 January 2020. It might be worth packing and umbrella - and finding some gumboots if the weather has been a tad damp before you arrive.
On The Day
For some, Christmas Day might find you snuggled in your pyjamas with family or friends enjoying the time away from work with plenty of food and a good binge of Christmas movies.
But, if you’re keen to get out and about the Christmas Day, then here’s some tips on what you can get up to in London.
If you’ve indulged in one too many pieces of Christmas pudding, why not head for a walk around Hyde Park. Watch members of the Serpentine Swimming Club brace the cold for the annual Peter Pan Cup! Celebrating its 156th year, swimmers battle temperatures below 4C (25F) as they swim 100-yards for the traditional Christmas Day Race.
Note: public transport is not available on Christmas Day - however some taxi services may be running to get you around town.
Explore ‘Out of Town’
You’ve just arrived in London, and now we’re telling you to leave? Don’t worry, it will be worth it!
A quick trip out of London will give you the chance to explore amazing Christmas Markets, without needing to fly all the way to Brussels, Luxembourg or Vienna.
Not only is Bath worth a visit for the amazing history alone, Bath is also overrun at Christmas time thanks to the Bath Christmas Market. Find a maze of festive stalls, carollers and delicious food.
For a smaller market vibe, head to the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Take in the stunning gothic cathedral as you stroll the stalls with a tasty mulled wine or hot chocolate in hand. Plus, children (and the young at heart) can take a spin around the covered ice skating rink which returns for 2019.
Christmas markets are a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home too.
For information on train tickets, prices and deals, visit trainline.
What ever you get up to on the day, if you’re heading outside remember to wrap up warm. We might not be in for a white Christmas this year, but this is London - where you can see four seasons in one day!
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