London is an amazing city to visit during the festive season, with plenty of heart-warming, Christmas themed sights to explore. Central London’s big department stores are sure to have incredible window displays to admire, while the capital’s bars and restaurants also feature bright, colourful displays of Christmas lights which bring a joyfully festive twinkle.
If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate this Christmas, there are lots of choices dotted around that promise to get the whole family into the festive mood. To help you choose, here are five of this season’s must-sees.
Get into the festive mood at Hyde Park Wonderland
If you’re looking for a day of festive family fun with plenty of choice, head for Hyde Park Wonderland, offering a lively hub of Christmas activities for six weeks from Friday 18 November 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017. It’s free to enter the park, so you’re able to enjoy wandering around the Christmas markets and delicious food stalls while taking in the atmosphere.
There are lots of fun activities to explore, including a Magical Ice Kingdom with real ice and snow. There’s Zippos Christmas Circus, a Sooty Christmas Show and a giant observation wheel offering a bird’s eye view over London. You’ll also find the UK’s largest open-air ice rink here.
Join in the fun at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts in the Snow
For fans of the Harry Potter series, there’s a rare chance to get a fascinating look behind the scenes at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. You can see original props and costumes, as well as finding out how the magical effects that helped to make the films so popular were created.
To celebrate the festive season, there’s a special Hogwarts in the Snow exhibition which runs from Saturday 19 November 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017. The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees and the tables set for a sumptuous feast of roast turkey and flaming Christmas pudding, while you’ll even be able to see Hogwarts castle glisten under a blanket of snow.
Singalong at the Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall
Join in the fun with the Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival Programme, featuring traditional carols, choirs, music and dance in the spectacular surroundings of this iconic concert space. Running from Tuesday 13 December 2016 to Friday 30 December 2016, this exciting range of events is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Starting with the BT Christmas concert on Tuesday 13th December, there are several events happening over the festive season to enjoy. Highlights include Christmas Carol Singalongs, Carols by Candlelight and a stunning Christmas Spectacular featuring impressive laser shows.
Experience the magical journey of Disney’s Frozen on Ice
Take a fantastical journey into the amazing winter wonderland of Disney’s Frozen at the O2. Join Elsa and Anna in the magical land of Arendelle, as this full length production takes you through their epic journey to discover the power of love.
This show is a real Disney extravaganza, hosted by none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There are also special appearances from other much loved characters, including stars from the Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. This special show will be happening on Wednesday 21 December 2016 with two additional performances on Thursday 22 December 2016.
See Santa and his elves on the Christmas at Kew tour
Enjoy the enchanting surroundings of Christmas at Kew Gardens, complete with a stunning festive light display. With a mile-long trail that boasts over 60,000 lights, you’ll get an unforgettable view of these famous gardens and plants.
Other highlights include a North Pole Village, where you can watch Santa and his elves busily preparing for Christmas. You may also enjoy a ride on the Victorian carousel or a thrilling slide down the festive helter-skelter. The event runs on chosen dates from Wednesday 23 November 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017, so be sure to check the website for details.