London is truly a world-class city. It has history, it has beauty, it has culture, it has great food, and it has more events available than any one person could see. London is also, notoriously, expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. London is just as expensive as you make it, because while prices might be high, and while there are many ticketed events, there are beautiful sites and free events to fill your season. That is why this Christmas, stay within your budget and opt for these experiences instead:
- Christmas Light Tour
One of the best parts of London during the Christmas season is the Christmas lights. The switch on events themselves bring in a massive amount of people and fanfare, but if you aren’t into those crowds, you can go and see the lights at your leisure. There are even Christmas light tours that you can take, either by yourself or with a group.
- Wander the Free Markets
Just as there are Christmas lights to enjoy, there are also Christmas markets. These markets are all free to go to and wander, and there are several throughout the city. If you are on a strict budget, you can just wander through and enjoy the sights of the Bavarian Christmas-market inspired shops, or if you do have money, you can buy some delicious food, or even unique gifts to give to your loved ones. Either way, it’s an excellent way to spend an afternoon.
- Explore the Museums and Department Stores
If you are looking for a way to see more indoor Christmas decorations, it’s time to go to the museums and the department stores. This is an excellent way to get out of the cold and even how you can spend a day out if you wanted to. As a bonus, many of London’s museums and biggest department stores are near each other, so you can wander in and out as you please. Go for some history and some culture, and finish the day at Harrods’s food court!
- Keep an Eye Out for Soft Launches, Special Deals, and Popups
Though shopping at Harrods’s is typically out of many people’s price ranges, much less those on a strict budget, there are many opportunities throughout the city. Keep an eye and ear out for soft launches, special price days, and popups in order to go out and save money. In many cases, there are options out there that will allow you to eat for half-off the menu price, but you need to be on the lookout to find them!
- Stay In
Last, but not least, is staying in. Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive to be great, and you don’t need to have a large place in order to celebrate Christmas. Host, or simply stay in and play Find the Bingo Caller while you watch your favourite Christmas film. There are so many ways to make the holiday special without going out, though a combination of the two is best for having the ultimate London experience.
Follow this guide, and you can have the ultimate Christmas experience in London this year, and every year from here on out.