The colour of the sky at four pm, just seconds before the dark, when it becomes purple and pink. Light garlands that make every tree shine. Sweet smell of ginger and chocolate. Shop windows brightened up by the decorations, carrousels, candy apples. London is so fascinating during Christmas time, December is one of the best month to visit this city and capture a glimpse of its magic.
Here is what to do in London during Christmas time. Let’s get inspired 🙂
Christmas lights in London are always amazing. Although it will be hard to miss them, the ones I suggest to see are those in Covent Garden, Regent Street and Carnaby Street. This year, like the past one, Covent Garden chose a decoration made of big red Christmas balls but this time some sparkly giant disco-balls were added. The result is fantastic, Covent Garden is all brightened up by thousands of light reflections and the atmosphere is magic. If you go there, do not miss the Lego snow globe with the iconic London building made up of Lego bricks. Regent Street has usually sponsored light, this time by a kids’ movie, Oxford Street has some snowball-like decorations while Carnaby Street chose a Robin theme who looks a lot like the Twitter bird, just in red. Of course, hashtag to post pictures and Tweet are provided below the big shiny birds.
Winter Wonderland is much more than a Christmas fair. It is such a colourful, bright and merry place you’ll put a big smile on as soon as you cross its gates in Hyde Park. It is a market, a fun fair, a place to eat and drink, a lovely full immersion in the Christmas spirit. You can just stop for a beer and a hot dog or have a ride on a roller coaster, see a circus show like Zippos or Cirque Berzerk or ice skating in the rink. The perfect place for those who have never enough of candy canes, gluh wein and gingerbread smell.
A Southbank c’è il Southbank Centre Christmas Market, un delizioso mercatino di Natale con tanto di bancarelle, vin brulé e attrazioni varie. Senza contare che amo la zona e penso che vada visitata comunque. A east, più trendy e alternativo, trovate il Christmas Market di Dalston ma è un unico giorno, il 1 dicembre. Mi incuriosice molto, e credo che ci andrò, la prima edizione del Christmas Market di Berwick Street, specializzato in food.
I love Southbank, so it’s easy for me to tell you: go to the Southbank Centre Christmas Market. It is a lovely market with stalls, food and drinks. Being by the river is definetely a plus. Edgy and cool, Dalston Christmas Market is worth a visit, but it is just on one day, Dec 1st. I am very curious about Berwick Street Christmas market, in its 1st edition. I’ll probably pay soon a visit to it.
Ice rinks are becoming more and more popular in London and you can find lots of them around the city. The most popular and nice are the NHM ice rink, the Somerset House rink, the Tower of London ice rink. I suggest to book the tickets online. Christmas Windows
London shops windows are so amazingly decorated during Christmas time. Pay a visit to Liberty shop, to Selfridges and, above all to Fortnum&Mason (where, if I were you, I’d also stop for a tea :). Each year its windows are masterpieces. Above are some pics I took two years ago, when the windows were decorated with 3D Dickens-style scenes.
What to eat
You can’t think about Christmas in London without thinking about the Mince Pie, the classic little sweet pie filled up with nuts and dried fruit, typical of the British festive tradition. Another typical Christmas cake is the Christmas (or Plum) Pudding. You can’t buy it as a street food and it’s not the classic restaurant dessert but you can buy it in most supermarkets.
Ice Skating and Mince Pie image credits: PINTEREST