I can't remember a time that seeing the Christmas lights in London wasn't on my bucket list. Even though I technically didn't spend the actual day of Christmas in London, it certainly felt like it because I arrived at the perfect time. In America the 3rd week of November signals the beginning of Thanksgiving prep. In England, where they obviously don't celebrate Thanksgiving, it signals the beginning of Christmas prep.
Anyone who's known me or followed along on Instagram knows that I LIVE for Christmas. If you see me bopping along to Christmas music in August just remember, it costs you nothing to mind your business haha! So buckle up because I managed to cram a lot into the 6 days I was in London.
I have a separate post that covers my entire week in London, found here. This post will be primarily dedicated to the joy that is Christmas!
Check Out Winter Wonderland -
Winter Wonderland is a HUGE event that the city puts on every year. It takes over Hyde Park, complete with roller coasters and Ferris wheels. Stroll through during the week if you want to avoid major crowds. If carnival-style rides are your thing, then enjoy various foods, mulled wine, and even an ice bar!
Go Ice Skating -
There are a few different places you can lace-up your skates and hit the ice. The Tower of London, Hyde Park, Somerset House, and even the Natural History Museum. Be sure to dress warmly and maybe wear some extra padding haha.
Retail Therapy -
While walking around, don't be suprised if your feet feel pulled towards spreading Christmas cheer through the gift of giving. Get some amazing retail therapy by indulging in a shopping spree at some of London’s most amazing stores. Selfridge's, Tate Modern, and Harrods, are where you will find a gift for everyone on your list! If you don't have the funds to support your shopping habits, I recommend just enjoying their amazing window displays.
Christmas Afternoon Tea -
It's hard to take a trip to London and not indulge in afternoon tea. Once you hit the middle of November, a lot of shops will swap out their menu for holiday specific menus. I've done the B Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, but I've heard their in-shop experience is just as delightful!
Sip Mulled Wine & Enjoy A Christmas Market -
If you're into something a bit stronger than tea, look for a cup of holiday cheer! Stroll around Christmas markets, like this one in Covent Garden, with a warm glass of mulled wine. Snag a bag of warm chestnuts and you've got all the holiday spirit you could want!
Hot Chocolate At The London Eye -
If wine isn't your thing, opt for the most quintessential warm holiday beverage! Hot chocolate is a Christmas classic and is available at most markets or cafes. Grab a cup, warm your bones, and walk the southbank to the London Eye.
Light Displays & Decorations-
Last but certainly not least, you have to walk around to view the light displays! They take Christmas lights seriously in this city! These displays provide an infinite amount of dazzling imagery on top of dreamy backdrops. The joy is palpable as you walk around, breathing in the atmosphere and taking it all in.
Fortnum & Mason inside Somerset House
I don't think anyone would argue if I said London at Christmas is beyond magical. I know there are a lot more amazing things to do during the holiday season in London. These are just the ones I was able to experience. Next time, I would love to visit Kew Gardens but sadly it was sold out while we were there. I would also really love to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House. I hope you enjoyed these photos & are inspired to find Christmas magic in your city!