Outdoor Ice Rinks
Once the cold weather arrives, ice-rinks start popping up all over the city. Skaters are spoilt for choice, with over 8 rinks located close to some of London’s most-loved landmarks, including the London Eye and The Tower of London. Visitors can skate against the beautiful backdrop of Somerset House, which is illuminated with sparkling lights at night for a real festive feel. The Natural History Museum is another top spot, with a 1000 metre square rink that has a giant Christmas tree at its centre. Wrap up warm and enjoy a whizz around.
The Natural History Museum @Ariaski
The Snowman at Peacock Theatre
The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre has become a London Christmas tradition, delighting young and old alike when it returns every year for a new season. The much-loved children’s classic is brought to life in a breathtaking performance that combines dance and design, accompanied by a live orchestra, to tell the magical tale. The show runs from 29 November – 6 January 2013 and is a Christmas must for the young and young at heart.
The Southbank Christmas Markets
The German Christmas Market at South bank is a typical German style market, comprised of around 80 wooden chalets offering handcrafted gifts, warming food and glasses of steaming mulled wine. Set in the shadow of the London Eye, shoppers can enjoy pretty views across the Thames as they browse the stalls, picking up gifts and treats. To add to the festive atmosphere, a choir performs cheery Christmas tunes each day at 1.30pm and 7pm. The market runs from 16 November to 24 December 2012.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
London’s Hyde Park is busy year round with concerts and other family-friendly events , but on November 23rd it is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Attractions include a skating rink, a magical ice kingdom filled with ice and snow sculptures, a double decker carousel, a Christmas circus and much, much more. The Angels and Yuletide markets are both overflowing with gorgeous gifts and warming festive feasts, and this is a great day out for the entire family.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
The central London lights are a spectacle to behold, so get out and wander the streets to take it all in. The mile-long display of Christmas lights on Oxford Street are some of the most famous in the world and, if you’re struggling to find your festive spirit, these twinkling treasures are sure to leave you with a Christmassy feel.
Nearby Regent Street and Carnaby Street also go to town with their light displays, and funky Carnaby Street’s theme for 2012 is 50 Years of the Rolling Stones!
Christmas lights @Nina Yasmine
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