Whether you are planning a visit with friends or taking the kids to the big city at winter time – and more specifically in the build up to Christmas – London is a magical experience for all. The Christmas lights, once switched on, are spectacle enough on their own But if you combine them with some festive activities, it can make for a fabulous family day out in London.
With so much to see and do, it makes sense to plan ahead – especially as it can get pretty busy nearer Christmas, so here are a few family fun ideas to help inspire you.
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Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one of the most popular festive activities for families of all ages to enjoy in London throughout the colder months. Completely free to enter, there is something for everyone – including a Christmas market, funfair, observation wheel, ice rink, circus show and plenty of food and drink options, too.
There are special showings of films and performances to look out for that are held throughout the day so plan ahead to make the most of your yuletide adventure.
Top Tip: If you can, stay until after dark to really see the Wonderland at its best – and let the Christmas feeling wash over you!
One of the best things about London at Christmas is that there are so many Christmas markets on around the city. There are markets that cater to all tastes and needs – so be sure to have a look ahead of time to see which takes your fancy.
A few favourites include: Christmas by the River at London City Bridge, which is a traditional style market with an incredible backdrop that makes for some magical memories. Winterville Clapham Common has in incredible maze with enchanted forest cinema and a roller disco for the kids!
Christmas Lights – whether you visit Oxford Street, Carnaby Street, Regent Street or Covent Garden, you are guaranteed a treat. Carnaby Street lights this year are a dedication to Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody – a feast for the eyes if ever there was one!
Looking for something a little different?
If you’re going with friends instead of family, then worry not, there’s still plenty to see and do for all you adults, too.
Fancy rooftop ice skating? Head over to Skylight London for ice skating with a view to remember! With food and cocktails served in cosy igloos, this is one festive way to get ready for Christmas.
Hogwarts in the Snow at the ever popular Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Leavesden gives the Harry Potter Studio tour a wintery makeover that is truly magical. They even host Dinner in the Great Hall during December for a Yule Ball experience like no other.
Had enough of Christmas and want a few hours to escape? Try a Jack the Ripper tour in the heart of the East End, Whitechapel. Take yourself back in time for a murder mystery like no other. Curious? Click here to learn more about private tours for you and your friends.There is so much to see and do, have a look and see what you can do – you might even have to make a weekend of it to squeeze it all in; but what a way to kick start your Christmas holiday.
However you choose to spend your time this Christmas, a trip to London is a fantastic way to make some festive memories with family, friends and loved ones.
What’s your favourite way to enjoy the Christmas festivities?