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Top 10 Christmas Experiences In London

by Rebecca Formston (follow)
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.

Here's a couple to check out:

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.

Browse the many traditional wooden stalls or taste the delicious Christmas delicacies. Make sure you head to visit Father Christmas too!

Wintertime, Southbank Centre
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.

These outdoor ice rinks would be our pick:

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:

Oxford Street
Covent Garden
Regent Street
Bond Street

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
The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House

10. Hogwarts In The Snow

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!

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