The Christmas season is finally upon us, and where better to spend it than in London? Christmas markets and shopping are two things that are sure to get you in the festive spirit and there are so many choices of places to go. Here are a few options to take your pick from ….
The gates open to Winter Wonderland on Friday 22nd November at 5 pm. Why not enter the gates to magic where this year guarantees ice skating, delicious festive food stalls, beer taverns, rides and many more exciting attractions. Take the opportunity to wear your favourite winter coat and visit the Magical Ice Kingdom, or view the beautiful Christmas lights taking a ride in the Giant Observation Wheel.
Winter Wonderland is a perfect outing for kids or those with their inner child. Whether you enjoy the rides, visit the German Markets, meet Santa at Santa Land or chill with a glass of mulled wine, you won’t leave without feeling inspired!
Attraction Ticket Prices: http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/tickets
Location: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Kensington Palace is the perfect place to visit if you want to celebrate Christmas in a beautifully historic place, transformed into a stunning enchanted atmosphere. Kensington was the venue for a month of extravagant parties in 1699 by King William III who is the inspiration for the celebratory series of events. Not only will visitors have access to the palace, gardens and exhibitions including Fashion Rules and Victoria Revealed, but will also have the chance to enjoy seasonal games, festive music and a special menu of seasonal festive treats at the Palace Café.
There is so much to enjoy and explore!
Ticket Prices Adult: £15.00 Group Rate (minimum 15 visitors) : £13.50
Child (under 16): Free http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/kensingtonpalacetickets
Location: Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
The Natural History Museum opened its 1,000- square- metre Ice Rink on 31st October. Don’t waste any more time and go ice- skating at this incredible ice rink. Experience both the magical lights and atmosphere in the heart of the city.
It doesn’t end there! Not only are there 76,000 fairy lights flourishing the rink, but also many stalls to purchase gifts and Christmas food to add a little warmth to your day. Indulge and mingle over mulled wine and live music or glide your way to pro skating on the ice! (The rink caters for both beginner and advanced skaters….. don’t be intimated!)
Adult Ticket: £11.50 to 13.50
Child Ticket: £8.00 to £9.00
Family Ticket: £31.00 to £38.00
Location: National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
You haven’t truly experienced London if you haven’t been to the theatre. The charming show “The Snowman” is currently being performed at the Peacock Theatre in London.
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure, meeting penguins, reindeer and Father Christmas. Watch captivated as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.This spectacle has been delighting audiences- both young and old alike for more than 15 years – a must see of London’s Christmas Calendar!
Howard Blake’s stunning ‘Walking in the Air’ will, of course, be performed by a live band with choreography by Robert North.
Location: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT