The capital as in London, not ‘The Capitol’ as in that of Panem (if you don’t know, then reassess your life choices perhaps?)
If you know me- you’ll know I am Christmas. You will catch me counting down the days from August, if not earlier, and I’ll probably subject my friends to Christmas songs and activities from mid-October. There’s something about Christmas that you just cannot beat. It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel that makes winter (see rain) worth it, everyone is so much happier come December and there are so many great (festive) activities throughout out the land.
Now it is officially December, I feel that it is culturally appropriate to talk about Christmas events (which I have been attending for at least 2 weeks now)
1- WINTER WONDERLAND; the perfect fairground come Christmas market in the heart of London.
2- VISIT LAPLAND UK; take a break from central London & visit Santa at his UK home, just off the M4, you can get a direct train from Vauxhall or Waterloo stations
3- WATCH A CHRISTMAS FILM AT PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA; Just a stone’s throw from showing films such as Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, The Muppets Christmas Carol, Love Actually, Home Alone, Frozen and many more. plus- some tickets even entitle you to a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie! Check out their website for more details.
4- COVENT GARDEN; I always feel like if there’s one thing Covent Garden does well it has to be Christmas! Check out the giant tree & mulled wine stalls dotted throughout the piazza.
5- HEAD TO A DEPARTMENT STORE and find their Christmas section; there’s not much better around Christmas than heading to an extravagantly decorated store full of people in the Christmas spirit when you aren’t frantically trying to Christmas shop. (If any of you used to watch ‘The Greatest Store in The World’ on CBBC you’ll understand)
6- ATTEND A CAROL SERVICE; such as Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall (19th & 20th DECEMBER) or those at St Martin-In-The-Fields, Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral
7- GO ICE SKATING; there are various locations across London, my top picks would be Somerset House, The Natural History Museum, The Tower Of London and Canary Warf.
8- WINTERVILLE; the ‘antithesis’ of Christmas theme parks, promising and ‘East London Twist’ on a the classic in Victoria Park
9- SOUTHBANK CHRISTMAS MARKET- The biggest and best; think street food galore, as many variations on mulled wine as you can imagine and countless gift stalls
10- GO AND SEE A FESTIVE MUSICAL/ PANTO; Elf just hit the dominion theatre for the first time, whilst the Christmas classic, The Snowman is back at the Peacock theatre this year. As far as Panto’s are concerned there’s one for everyone. Cinderella is on at the Lyric theatre and the Richmond theatre, Peter pan is being performed at the New Wimbledon Theatre and you can see Robin Hood at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
There you have it! Obviously there are plenty more Christmas activities in and around London- Please let me know your favourites!
I stumbled upon a cute mini Christmas wonderland in Leicester Square this eve, it was fab!