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It’s that time of year again; the festive season is upon us. Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re looking for a magical get away over this period, then London is the perfect place. The setting for many a Christmas card, exploring the UK’s capital is a wonderful way to spend the holiday season.
Being one of the world’s most visited cities, it’s no wonder that London has a wide range of Christmas activities for visitors to indulge in. Here are our top three things for people to do over the Christmas period in London.

Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one of London’s most famous Christmas attractions. Running from the 22nd November until the 5th January (except Christmas Day), it is a great place to visit with the kids or for a romantic date with your partner.

Winter Wonderland has a wide array of activities for visitors to take part in, including 4 large roller coasters and some easier rides for children. We recommend taking a ride on the Ferris wheel to get a great view of London, particularly if it has been snowing.

Winter Wonderland is free to enter, however you will need to buy tickets for the attractions & rides. Tickets for Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, the Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus are available to buy in advance

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

For those looking for a romantic activity with their loved one, then a trip to the ice rink at the Natural History Museum may be just what’s needed. With the beautiful backdrop of the museum and with a Christmas tree in the centre of the rink, skating here will be like being in a scene from many a Christmas movie.

Spectators can still enjoy the skating from the balcony cafe that overlooks the ice rink. Here they can sip on a hot chocolate or mulled wine if they really want to get into the Christmas spirit.

Prices:

  • Children (12 and under): £9 peak / £8 off-peak
  • Adults: £13.50 peak / £11.50 off-peak
  • Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children): £38 peak /£31 off-peak

For opening times see their website

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are some of the most famous festive decorations and London does not disappoint. There are a number of locations around the city where you can view the lights, such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Street.

Probably the most famous Christmas lights in London are those on Oxford Street. Seen by hordes of shoppers looking to get the perfect presents for their friends and family, the £1.5M Oxford Street Christmas lights feature over 750,000 LEDs this year.

London is a beautiful city to visit for Christmas and for those people looking for somewhere to stay during their trip, Accorhotels have a range of hotels in London available during the holiday season.