There are so many things to do in London during Christmas time, also because it starts very early.
Since mid-November the city is full of events, decorations, concerts, shows, all with a Christmas theme, and it is impossible not to get caught up in this collective Christmas energy.
Here, however, I point out five things that I think you should definitely try, to get in touch with Christmas in London.
Visit an enchanted forest
London has so many parks everywhere, which can easily be turned into an enchanted forest during Christmas time.
Imagine walking for about an hour in a forest where all the trees turn into Christmas trees, all different from one another, with Christmas background music and a light fog that surrounds everything like in a fairy tale.
By magical forest, I mean a place that opens just at dusk, when darkness falls and the park is illuminated by thousands of lights.
From time to time you can encounter things like a small village of elves, colorful trucks making hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a million lights all around you.
Or The Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens (from 24th November to 1 January 2020).
Another unmissable experience to do in London at Christmas is ice skating in one of the lovely Ice Rinks set up in very stunning locations in the city.
Hampton Court Palace Ice rink is also very nice; it’s located slightly outside London, but it is easily accessible and will allow you to feel the Christmas atmosphere of a Manor in the English countryside, without going too far from the city center.
A Christmas Lights Tour downtown
Every year, in November, various ceremonies are held to inaugurate lights on in the main streets of London.
Regent’s Street, Oxford Street, Bond Street e Carnaby Street lights are the most popular.
Carnaby Street Christmas Lights change every year and each year has a different theme. The theme of 2019 is “Carnaby Project Zero, One Ocean One Planet” entirely made by recyclable material.
Discover UK Christmas in the past at the Geffrey Museum
To complete the full immersion in London’s Christmas atmosphere you can visit the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton (East London).
Here, every year in December, an exhibition is set up, with free admission, called “Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes”, which tells you about Christmas traditions and celebrations in the UK from 1600 to the present day.
It is a journey through the centuries, which flows through all the different eras, to see how Christmas was celebrated in England.
Inside, in every room of the museum, a dining room is recreated, laid out and decorated for Christmas day, of every single historical period, starting from 1600.
You can discover traditions and curiosities regarding the celebrations for English Christmas, but above all you can experience the atmosphere of Christmas in ancient England.
Browse the Christmas Markets
Surely a big part of the London Christmas atmosphere is given by the Christmas Markets.
There are so many, and everyone has a different mood.
What I love is that, as always, in London, everything is an opportunity to make music, and often in the Christmas markets you can meet live bands playing live music.
The most famous ones are probably Covent Garden, South Bank, and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
But also try the neighborhood markets, such as the one in Kingston, which has a warmer atmosphere, like a “village party”.
Also to discover is the new Winter Village inside the iconic Battersea Power Station.
And don’t forget to try the Mulled Wine.
Did you enjoy wandering around with me for Christmas in London?