It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – the trees are up, the dazzling Christmas lights and decorations are on and the streets are full of jolly jingles. Prepare yourself for some serious festive cheer; there are plenty of exciting events happening around London, many of which won’t break the bank. It may be cold but layer up and head outside to enjoy what London has to offer at this wonderful time of year.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is the ultimate Christmas extravaganza, guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. Along with a raft of special festive events, you’ll find foodie gifts, hand crafted presents, funfair rides and usually a bit of traditional mulled wine to help you get into that merry spirit! For those who love ice skating, ice rinks pop up at places like Hyde Park, Somerset House, Canary Wharf and the Natural History Museum, the latter of which is generally considered to be the prettiest.
In Trafalgar Square you’ll find a huge Christmas tree, beautifully lit up from early December and donated to the people of Britain every year by the city of Oslo as a token of their gratitude for the British support given to Norway during the Second World War. Every weekday evening and weekend afternoon visitors are treated to free Christmas carols, making it a very festive place to be indeed.
For those who need a bit of help with their Christmas shopping, quite apart from the world-famous Oxford and Regent Streets, there are lots of Christmas markets and festive fairs throughout the capital in December. The world famous Portobello Market has an extensive range of antique and rare vintage clothing stores, where you can pick up a unique present at a bargain price. Open daily, Saturday is the main market day with the antique, fruit and vegetable and flea markets all open. For more festive markets around London visit http://bit.ly/1yYFwrv.
From all of the City Living London team we would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2017!