Festive Fun

As Christmas is in full swing; festive songs are playing, decorations are up, fires are lit, we ready to embrace one of the most magical times of the year. There are so many festive events that take place throughout the month of December for us to enjoy with our families and friends and get us in the Christmas spirit. Here’s an insight into some of the great festive events London has to offer this Christmas.

Winter Wonderland are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, bringing delight and joy to you this festive season. Winter Wonderland has something for everyone to enjoy; from the traditional Christmas market selling all things festive and fun, to spectacular rides taking your breath away. Winter Wonderland is well known for its ice skating rink, as it is the largest open air ice rink in the UK. Ice skating is ideal for all ages, it’s great family bonding as well as being a romantic setting for a date with someone special, or even just a spin around with your friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional skater or a beginner as everyone is welcome to skate, you can even book an ice guide if you need of a bit of extra help. New this year specially to celebrate the 10 years’ anniversary, they are showing The Nutcracker on Ice and The Magical Kingdom Artic adventure. So make your way down to Hyde Park this Christmas to have a fun, magical adventure and make memories you will never forget.

London night time arial viewPhoto credit: visitlondon.com

A stroll along the Southbank Centre Winter Festival will get you in the Christmas spirit, watching their array of shows and performances to embrace this festive season. On top of that is the Christmas Market set up with wooden chalets to find tasty treats and delightful drinks. It’s great for finding unique gifts, stocking fillers and treats for all the family. Open from 11am with free entry, get down there and have a look around. Wrap up warm for this outdoor shopping experience and cosy up with a hot chocolate.

london festive marketPhoto credit: heteroheroine.co.uk

Ice Skating is a massive tradition during the winter season; London offers a variety of different Ice Rinks during the Christmas period. Canary Wharf’s Ice rink has become well known for its romantic atmosphere and prestige location. Skating is a great activity to get you in the mood for Christmas and help you embrace the cold weather conditions. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below fairy lit trees. The bar will be serving drinks and seasonal snacks for the visitors who don’t fancy skating and they can admire those skating from the heated outdoor viewing terrace. Come down for a spin around and take in the breath-taking views.

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If you’re a Christmas carol lover there are plenty of carol concerts in and around London this year. Eltham Palace offers a festive music performance in the great hall on 7th December, offering refreshments for you to enjoy whilst swaying along to the traditional Christmas carols. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, you have the option of the alternative Christmas carol concert. This takes place in Granary square on 13th December at 6.30, offering a glass of mulled wine and playing renditions of Mariah Careys festive classic and more festive hits.

A tree made from sledges and Christmas lights in Granary Square at King's CrossPhoto credit: ambientesdigital.com

Another alternative night this Christmas is a crafting at the Late-Night Larder. If you’re a creative person head down to the Late-Night Larder in Wanstead where you scoff mince pies and drink mulled wine whilst making your very own Christmas baubles for your tree. This event takes place on the 7th December from 7 – 10pm. This is defiantly a unique event, a great present for a creative hand on person or someone who is more inclined to enjoy a mince pie indoors rather than a night out in the cold outdoors.

handcrafted christmas decorationsPhoto credit: designmynight.com

Over 200 years ago the River Thames was frozen solid and Londoners took advantage of the frozen river by gathering on the Thames and Christmas markets were set up on the ice. That’s why the Thames Frost cruise has been created to remember the unique Christmas party that took place all them years ago. You can skate on board the Harmony boat and take in London’s fantastic Landmarks as you sail down the river. This event is so unique that tickets are selling fast, its takes place on Thursday 15th December. This over 18 event takes place from 6.15 – 10.15pm, with live music, festive canapes and free use of the ice rink on the upper deck with skates provided. Great for a Christmas party with friends or work for something unique and little different this Christmas.

london river cruise boat

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We hope at least one of these fantastic events takes your fancy to enjoy this Christmassy season and you experience this festive season with fun! Don’t forget to pop over to our STORE if you need help picking the perfect gift, with a huge range of gift ideas to choose from.

Post by guest blogger: Noreen Dowling

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