It’s nearly that time of year again, and if you’re visiting London over Christmas, then you’re definitely in the right place for some world class entertainment and family friendly festive fun. Whoever you’re visiting with, there’s always something to do in the city, with dozens of boroughs bringing their own unique events and character to the holidays. Below are some of our top tips for the season, giving guests at the Park Grand Kensington London a whole range of festive frivolity. Whether young or old, these all encompassing events are perfect for a christmas getaway, topped with some of the most luxurious accommodation with the Park Grand hotel chain.
Christmas lights in London
London has always been one of the leaders in the christmas light game. Whether you’re in the centre or on the outskirts of Croydon, there’s always a high street festively decorated. One of our go to’s for christmas decorations is in Trafalgar Square, where a huge annual christmas tree towers next to Nelson’s Column, bringing joy to all who pass. Oxford Street is always decked out with overhead lights as well, making late night shopping all the more magical. Even if you are just visiting for the day, seeing London twinkle ever brighter during Christmas is well worth the trip.
One of the best things about the christmas season in London is that in almost every major park and historic site, an ice rink pops up. Somerset House hosts a late night ice rink complete with DJ sets by some of the cities best artists as well as light shows and a festive themed bar. The Natural History Museum often has an ice rink set up outside its historic doors too, making for a family friendly afternoon out between the Dinosaur and taxidermy exhibits.
If it’s theatre and dance you’re after, then look no further than the West End theatre scene, which hosts musicals, ballets and pantomimes throughout christmas. With Jack Thorne’s Pinocchio and the National Theatre and the Nutcracker Ballet being performed by the English national Ballet at the London Coliseum, all ages will find a show to usher in some much needed holiday spirit.
Winter Wonderland is well known for being a glittering carousel of street food, classic entertainment and fun fair frivolity. With a comedy shows and Peter Pan on Ice hitting the stages of this Hyde Park based paradise, you’ll never be short of showstoppers, whilst the ice bar and Angel’s christmas market will keep you topped up with bubbly and last minute gifts. The funfair is a real treat too, with several roller coasters, a ferris wheel and plenty of christmas themed thrills for the seasonal adrenaline junkies.
For last minute gifts and festive eateries, the huge culture of London street markets will be getting festive this December. Check out Southbank winter festival for some great arts, crafts and christmas themed gifts, whilst the Columbia Road christmas market every Wednesday of the advent will keep you full of great food and your ears ringing with carollers.