Christmas is always one of the most special times of the year, and it’s the perfect time to visit London. The capital always celebrates the festive season in style, so whatever you’re into, you and your family will always find a great way to have a memorable experience during Christmas.
Read on to find out more about what’s on in London this season, and how to make the most of it with your whole family.
Enjoy a festive market experience
One of the best ways to take in Christmas in London is to head to a festive market, and with plenty of markets all across the city, you’ll have lots to choose from. With many markets featuring a variety of stalls and other attractions, including delicious seasonal food, beautiful gifts on sale, live music and more, you can always find something to delight everyone in the family.
London has several major festive markets, both large and small. If you’re looking for one in easy walking distance of the Hyde Park International Hotel, head down to Hyde Park, where its annual Winter Wonderland takeover features an expansive Christmas market.
For something a little more scenic, head down towards the Tate Modern festive market, or the Southbank Winter Market. Both of these features traditional-style wooden chalets and are a charming place to enjoy a stroll.
Take in a seasonal show
For the perfect family treat at Christmas, make your way to London’s West End and catch a spellbinding theatre performance. You’ll find a great range of shows to choose from, including popular musicals and plays featuring some of the biggest stars of the stage, incredible dance shows, and more seasonal performances, including plenty of classic pantomimes. With a fantastic range of shows, you’ll be able to find something suitable for all ages, as well as some special child-friendly and accessible performances, to suit families with special needs or requirements.
The West End is easy to get to from the Hyde Park International Hotel, with Tube and bus access close to many of the major theatres in the area, making it a family-friendly activity. While you’ll want to start the day right with a satisfying Breakfast Hyde Park London, there are plenty of great restaurants and cafés across the West End, to enjoy a delicious meal after the show.
Sample some tasty Christmas food
Christmas is definitely a season for enjoying food, and there’s perhaps no better place to do this than in London. You’ll find some mouth-watering treats on offer all over the city, from special festive offerings on the menu of the city’s many restaurants and eateries to sumptuous seasonal dining and street food in the capital’s famous food markets.
For some delicious festive-inspired treats, head to the wonderful Borough Market near London Bridge, where you’ll be able to stock up on high-quality ingredients for your festive kitchen, sample on scrumptious goodies including mulled wine, baked sweet treats, gourmet cheese, chocolate and more. You’ll also find some great gifts for food lovers, with many artisanal food producers offering products on sale.
If you’re visiting London with family, check out London Hotels Special Offers and enjoy a special meal out together. You’ll be able to choose from some delicious festive menus, featuring everything from classic Christmas dishes to special, seasonally-inspired ingredients and wintery settings. For a truly indulgent festive meal, book yourself a table inside an igloo alongside the River Thames, where you can enjoy a taste-filled meal in luxurious and toasty surroundings.
Sing along with Christmas carollers
If you really want to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, then there’s nothing better than joining in with the resounding sound of carollers singing together. There are several carol-singing events taking place across London this year, from the traditional to the relaxed, providing plenty of opportunities to find a family-friendly activity.
The Royal Albert Hall has a host of carol singing events, always filled with a fun, lively atmosphere. As well as enjoying the chance to sing alongside thousands of other people, you’ll also be accompanied by professional musicians and choirs, as well as getting to admire the stunning architecture within.
For a spell-binding traditional performance to marvel at, look out for Westminster Abbey’s annual service just before Christmas Day. As well as being held in one of the most breath-taking spaces in the city, it’s also completely free, although tickets need to be booked ahead of time.
For something tailored towards families with younger children, you might want to head to St Martin-in-the-Fields, in Trafalgar Square. Lit up by candles, the church feels warm and inviting. This atmospheric carol service is a little shorter than most, but still just as full of magic, and is a great child-friendly event.
Marvel at the lovely lights
The simplest way to take in the Christmas magic in the city is simply to look up at the many stunning lights all over, and with several captivating light displays to choose from, you’re never likely to get bored.
From traditional lights up at Regent Street to giant reindeer at Covent Garden, high tech LED lighting in Oxford Street to quirky and whimsical displays in Carnaby Street, there’s barely a street corner in the capital, where you won’t be left gasping with awe. Even the iconic Shard will be getting involved, by lighting up the top 20 storeys of the building with a colourful show.
But if you really want to see some of the city’s best light displays this season, it’s worth heading out a little further afield. Check out Kew Gardens through the Christmas period, where the wonderful garden is filled with inspiring light trails and displays, or escape the busy city centre for the spacious Wembley Park, where Winterfest will be held. Featuring a dazzling range of colourful light displays, it’s a great place to enjoy a day out while having the chance to take some spellbinding photos amongst all the wonderful lights.