Whether it’s experiencing a European Christmas market right in the UK capital, petting topiary and real life reindeer, or simply checking out yuletide shows and festivals, London has it all.
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For an all-around traditional Christmassy Christmas, introduce visiting family members to the yearly Winter Wonderland at London’s Hyde Park. Filled with a large Christmas market, a Santa’s grotto, Christmas shows and rides, as well as an ice-skating rink, you can keep the entire family entertained and sip mulled wine while watching the capital glow in Christmas cheer from the observation wheel.
Just as New York has Fifth Avenue, London’s Bond Street lights up with Christmas cheers as some of the biggest names in British fashion compete for the most attractive displays, most affordable high-end offerings, and even the most helpful elves for shoppers. Retailers love to pamper in Christmas, so brands like Liberty London, John Lewis and Selfridges & Co will be on hand to pep up your winter wear. Not too far from Bond Street is the upscale Mayfair, with decorations and lights all strung up.
Watching the reindeer
Covent Garden’s food-filled streets offer you many viewing points and places to relax as you watch the Piazza, its 60-foot Christmas tree, and topiary reindeer glow with lights. But if you want a look at real reindeer, hop over to London Zoo’s brand new Reindeer Lodge, open especially for the Christmas period for visitors to meet famous reindeers – Rudolph, Prancer, Dancer and Blitzen -from Christmas films.
Leicester Square plays host to a crowd-drawing Christmas show, while the English National Ballet brings you festive staple the Nutcracker at London Coliseum till early January. The square is also a treat for the youngsters, with M&M’s World London and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! London nearby.
But Christmas in London means nothing if you don’t cap it off by traipsing to Trafalgar Square. Once there, enjoy hot drinks while listening to Christmas carols from 9 December onwards and take photos with its world-famous Christmas tree, which has been a yearly gift to the people of London by their counterparts in the Norwegian city of Oslo since 1947.