Dec
20
2011

Top 10 Activities you can do at Christmas In London

Christmas is time of happiness and joy. London is the best city to be in at Christmas with so much going on.  You can take so much fun when you are in London.

Following is list of some some entertaining events you can enjoy on coming Christmas.

10. Christmas Carols


Carol singers from around the country come to Trafalgar Square to sing and raise money for charity. It remains from 10th December to 30th December.

09. Geffrye Museum’s ‘Christmas Past’

Geffrye Museum's Christmas Past

Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s twelve period rooms are decorated in authentic festive style, providing a magical glimpse into Christmases gone. Christmas Past explores the origins and meanings of some of our more common customs, from kissing under the mistletoe to decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties. It remains from November to early January.

08. Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square benefits from a huge Christmas Tree each year as a present from Norway for the country’s help during the Second World War. The tree is usually over 20 meters high and 50-60 years old.

The lights are switched on in the evening on the first Thursday in December. The tree usually stays till the Twelfth Night of Christmas, 6 January.

07. Festive Fairs


Shopping is a national sport throughout December so join in by going to a Festive Fair.

06. English National Ballet


The English National Ballet Christmas season is a fabulous tradition which has included The Nutcracker for over 50 years. If will remain from mid-December to mid-January.

05. Pantomimes

Pantomimes

We have a wonderful English tradition of family theater where men dress as fat ugly women and women star as the lead ‘boy’.  Hilarious, and not just for the kids. It remains throughout December and January.

04. Great Christmas Pudding Race

Christmas Pudding Race

On a Saturday morning in December, about 150 race contestants wear fancy dress and run around Covent Garden while trying to balance a Christmas pudding on a plate! Obstacles, such as balloons full of flour, are put in their way to make it even more fun to watch. It’s a charity event to raise money for Cancer Research.

03. Ice Skating Rinks


Every winter, outdoor ice skating rinks appear all over London. They open from mid-November to mid-January and most are open late in the evening and have special events happening throughout the season.

02. Santa’s Grottos (Meet Father Christmas)

Santa's Grottos

You can meet Santa in London’s department stores at 24th December. Some  most popular are – Harrods, Selfridges. Sit on Santa’s knee and tell him what you want him to bring you for Christmas. Of course, he would prefer you take a small child to meet him but Santa is always happy to meet everyone!

01. West End Christmas Lights

Top 10 Christmas Events

London lights up at Christmas – literally! Check out these photos of London’s West End taken in the evening when it’s really worth visiting the big stores on Oxford Street and Regent Street. And the good thing is that you don’t need to pay even a single penny! The lights are switched on in early November.


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