1. Winter Wonderland
From November to January, the biggest winter festival in the city kicks off with a giant ferris wheel, magical ice kingdom, circus shows and even an ice rink. I’m talking about Winter Wonderland, and if you go only to try the mulled cider and sit at the revolving merry-go-round bar, then that’s fine too.
2. Southbank Centre Christmas Markets
Running along the South Bank of the River Thames, this Christmas market extravaganza is not be missed! Dozens of wooden chalets containing festive treats such as mulled wine, Christmas stocking fillers and seasonal snacks, and maybe even a visit from Santa! Open between November and January.
3. See the Christmas lights
Go Christmas shopping on Oxford Street or Regent Street in late November to early January with a backdrop of sparkling lights. The official lights are usually switched by a celebrity, so if you’re visiting in November, then it’s worth going to watch.
4. Go Ice Skating
London goes ice rink crazy in winter. Take your pick between the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Canary Wharf and of course the rink at Winter Wonderland for your fix of festive fun. There’s also one at Hampton Court Palace which is a little out of town but a really romantic venue.
5. New Year’s fireworks display
Yes, it’s overcrowded and yes, you’ll have to stand up for hours just to get a 15 minute display at the stroke of midnight but there is something pretty magical about seeing in the New Year with the London Eye and Big Ben lit by fireworks. You definitely get a better view on TV though… Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
6. Ice sculptures at Canary Wharf
Each year, the best international ice sculptors head to Canary Wharf to take part in the London Ice Sculpting Festival. Admire the incredible sculptures including birds, buildings and abstract art, and have a go at chiselling them yourself.
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