See the Christmas Lights in Oxford Street. Photo credit: Oxford Street Facebook page
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, in London it sure is. There are plenty of wonderful family friendly Christmas events and experiences happening around the Capital that'll be sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Here's our top 10 picks:
1. Christmas Markets
Who doesn't love a good market, and a Christmas one at that! These Christmas markets are a fantastic place to find those unique or traditional gifts you've been looking for or just to take a stroll around and enjoy the Christmas vibes.
With over 200 Bavarian-style wooden cabins filled with plenty of wonderful gift ideas for your Christmas shopping, not to mention the magical Christmas atmosphere that Winter Wonderland always provides.
There's plenty to love about this Christmas market, from the wooden chalets selling beautiful gift ideas, the delicious food to warm up with, the twinkling lights, a Christmas show and not forgetting the Finnish rooftop sauna!
2. Outdoor Ice Rinks
What could feel more Christmassy than gliding across an outdoor ice rink, that is lit up in twinkling fairy lights. Something for the whole family to experience as perhaps a special Christmas treat.
Photo credit: Natural History Museum Facebook page
3. Christmas at Kew
Kew Gardens always provides a wonderful family trip and the Christmas at Kew event sounds like a magical way to get into the festive spirit. Walk past trees and buildings lit with sparkling lights, meet singing trees and large flora and watch a dazzling light show at The Palm House. Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Santa and his elves at the North Pole Village and let little ones enjoy the vintage fairground ride.
4. Christmas at Hampton Court Palace
There are plenty of exciting Christmas events and activities happening at Hampton Court Palace this year. Choose which one takes your fancy from a big variety, including an ice skating rink, family friendly activities, BBC Good Food's Festive Feast, a Christmas music weekend, courtyard carol singing and an Elizabethan Christmas performance.
5. Enchanted Woodland, Syon Park
Family members of all ages will love walking through the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park. With trails of lights illuminating your way around the lake, through the historic arboretum and ending at the magnificent Grand Conservatory. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you jump online now to book yours.
6. Meeting Father Christmas
Meeting the jolly man in red is definitely a before Christmas must for most kids. London Mums Group recently compiled a list of great places to meet Father Christmas in London. If you haven't already, check it out here.
7. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
What's Christmas without a visit to the amazing Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. With a huge list of attractions and things to do, you'll have a task trying to fit it all into one visit! Check out the many attractions such as the ice skating rink, the Cinderella on Ice show, the Ice Bar and the Christmas circus, to name a few. Test your nerves on one of the many thrilling rides, enjoy some tasty food and drink and visit Santa in Santa Land.
Photo credit: Winter Wonderland Facebook page
8. London Christmas Lights
The city of London sure does know how to put on a dazzling display of lights at Christmas time, brightening up those dark winter days and getting Londoners into the Christmas spirit.
Here's some great places to go and view the Christmas lights of London this year:
9. Christmas Shows
For something the whole family will love and to make Christmas memories to treasure, why not head along to watch one of the many wonderful Christmas shows being performed around the capital.
These family friendly shows are well worth checking out:
See a pantomime such as Cinderella at the Palladium
For all the Harry Potter fans, this one is not to be missed at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter Christmas special. Experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how the film makers were able to make snow and ice that never melts. The castle will be covered in snow and the Great Hall will be decorated just as it was for the Yule Ball. Tickets are selling fast, so we recommend you book yours here soon!
Have we missed any other wonderful Christmas experiences? We would love to add them to the list so please do let us know in the comments below.
Join in during these open-to-all rose pruning sessions; you'll get some fresh air and also hints and tips on rose pruning as you work and learn about how we manage the rose beds in the historic rose garden.