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It’s that time of year where some of the most popular, well known West-End shows re-appear for the festive season, and the Christmas lights are a sight you don’t want to miss. From ice rinks to Christmas markets, whatever takes your fancy, London is the place to be for the festive month.

Here are a few ideas for you to get out and make the most of London at Christmas…

1. Winter Wonderland


Located in the heart of London in Hyde Park, is the ever-popular Winter Wonderland.

For over 10 years, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London, becoming a landmark event. Winter Wonderland has grown into a wide extravaganza with ice-skating, shows, roller coaster rides and attractions, street food stalls, festive bars and live music, with 2018 hoping to be one the best years yet!

The Wonderland is open now and will be open all the way up until 6th January 2019. It’s open every day from 10am-10pm (apart from Christmas Day), and is free to enter! So, even if you don’t plan to spend a lot of money you can still enjoy the Christmas atmosphere for not a single penny!

2. Ice Skating


Nothing says winter is here more than ice-skating, and London is home to various ice-skating rinks at this time of year. Whether you’re a novice or a professional, it’s an activity that nearly everybody loves! Some of the most iconic ice skating rinks in London include:

  • Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – until 6th January 2019
  • Natural History Museum – until 20th January 2019
  • Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park – until 16th February 2019
  • Skyline skating at John Lewis, Oxford Street – until 6th January 2019

3. Christmas Markets

From festive gifts to mulled wine, the Christmas markets always prove to be popular with gift ideas and tasty foods. And once again if you’re looking to spend the minimal this Christmas, the markets deliver a festive atmosphere and a fun day out.

Here are some popular festive markets you can visit this year:

  • Winter Wonderlands Angels market
  • Southbank Centre Winter Festival and Christmas market
  • Camden Market’s Christmas Takeover
  • Christmas by the River at London Bridge

4. Shows

Whether it’s a classic West-End show or a seasonal pantomime, a trip to the theatre is one of the most popular activities in the city around this time of the year.

With a whole host of theatres to choose from including, the Royal National Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Cambridge Theatre and the Prince Edward Theatre, there’s something for everyone.

5. Christmas Lights


London is a magical place at Christmas as the streets light up and the amazing display of Christmas lights illuminate the skies around the city. There are some popular areas for Christmas lights that many Londoners and tourists love to visit every year. Here are just a some of them:

  • Oxford Street – until 6th January 2019
  • Kew Gardens – until 5th January 2019
  • Regent Street – until 5th January 2019
  • London Zoo Light Trail – until 1st January 2019

All of the above are just a selection of some of the things you can do if you’re in London over the festive period. No matter what you’re doing, we hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy a well-deserved break from your studies.

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