If you’re looking to spend the festive season in the heart of London, you will be surrounded by several activities and events going on. In London’s most luxurious quarter, you can enjoy a series of festive seasonal menus in some of the best restaurants in the city, or jump into the variety of Christmas markets and events around the town.
We’ve decided to collate some of the finest events for you, to make sure you’re ready to enjoy this holiday season with your friends and family. Bear in mind, some tickets can sell out really fast!
Mayfair Christmas Market, Mayfair
On November 28th, Mayfair Place will be closed off to traffic to allow for this festive market. Hosted by local restaurant Novikov, there will be plenty of shops and stalls for gifts, decorations, food products and even trees. If there are some little elves with you, make sure to drop by Santa’s Grotto.
Starting at 10am, this can be a great way to enjoy the beginnings of the holiday spirit as we make our way into the month of December.
From the 20th November, Hyde Park is transformed into a frozen paradise with Winter Wonderland. A series of fairground rides, food stalls and arcade games scatter, dazzled by Christmas lights and the air softened by sweet Christmas carols.
Tickets are on sale now for Ice Skating, the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, the Giant Wheel, and Bar Ice.
On the 26th November, Victoria Park also gets transformed into the ‘antithesis of Christmas’ Winterville. Rather than have the hustle and bustle of festive cheer, blow-up Santas, and incessant carols, Winterville turns Christmas into more of an intimate and enjoyable experience.
They offer a wide range activities for both adults, families, and children, including a friendly pantomime, club nights, and the change to try innovative festive craft beers and ales.
Oxford Street’s Christmas Lights
The Christmas lights at Oxford Circus, a renowned festive experience in London, have once again blessed the skies of Oxford Street. Lit up by 1778 snowball-like decorations (and their 750,000 LED lightbulbs), the 56th year of this festive tradition has once again out-done last year’s visual display.
Every year these lights are turned on by a celebrity, with this year’s display being lit up by the famous Kylie Minogue on the 1st November. This is a definite must-see for those looking for some christmas present shopping in the Capital.
Trafalgar Square’s Christmas Tree
Since 1947, the lovely people of Norway have gifted London with a Christmas tree in gratitude for Britain’s support during the Second World War. The tree is normally a Norwegian Spruce, over 20 metres high and approximately 50-60 years old. The tree is selected from the surrounding forests of Oslo, with it chosen several months or even years prior to being gifted, the Norwegian foresters often describe it as ‘the queen of the forest’.
Make sure you pay Trafalgar square a visit this year to view this wondrous beauty this Christmas.