Now that we have reached the month of December, it’s finally time for us to get completely sucked in by everything festive. and not feel guilty about it. There is always so much going on in London at this time of year and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone; whether that be getting drunk on Mulled Wine at the Christmas Markets or getting your skate on at the 3856861 ice rinks that are set up around the city. Whatever you fancy this year, I’ve got you sorted.
Christmas Market @ Tate Modern
If you are looking to gift some cute handmade crafts and jewellery, browse the traditional wooden chalets and fill yourself up on roasted chestnuts, then any christmas market is a go to. This year head to the Bankside at Tate Modern any time until the 23rd December. Entry is free and everything is delightful. For more info visit http://www.xmas-markets.com
Winter Wonderland @ Hyde Park
Similarly, if you love Christmas markets then there is no excuse for missing out on the most epic christmas event in the capital city. Winter Wonderland is host to insanely festive fairground rides, grottos, ice bars, kingdoms and ice rinks and will be open every day (except for Christmas Day) until the 3rd January. Entry is free but if you fancy experiencing any of its beauties then you can book tickets hereee.
Skate @ Somerset House
There are handfuls of ice rinks dotted across London including those at The Natural History Museum and inside Westfield shopping centre (madness) however if you are looking for a night of drinks and music whilst giving skating a go, then Somerset house is where it is at. Tickets are a little pricey from £17.30 an adult and £10.10 a child and are also in high demand, but of course, that is nothing but a good sign of what to expect.
Great Christmas Pudding Race @ Covent Garden
On Saturday 5th December from 11am, Covent Garden will be host to the Great Christmas Pudding Race where you can expect to see around 150 participants in festive fancy dress competing in a race around an obstacle course all with their christmas puddings in hand. One for the family to either watch for free or if you are a team of 6, you can put your name on the list and participate for £25. All proceeds go to Cancer Research UK. It’s a day of fun and laughs and of course, it’s just a lil’ bit different. Find out more at http://www.xmaspuddingrace.org.uk/Home.html
Little Feast @ Shepard’s Bush Yard
Top of my list this year will be to visit the Little Feast, an alternative option to a festive meal. Calling all foodie’s, Shepard’s Bush is transformed into a Scandinavian forest, donned with christmas lights, fir trees and cosy wooden huts serving the best seasonal street food and drink. Expect Steak, Waffles, show roasted Vietnamese pork and mulled cider and wine. Not only can you visit to taste the best of the best but you can also visit the market to buy foodie goods and christmas trees AND sit back and listen to live acoustic music under the stars. It’s pretty epic if you ask me. Visit their website for more info.
Christmas is by far, my favourite time of the year as everyone gets merry, we eat lots and shop and spend time with our loved ones and so whatever you decide to get up to this Christmas season, be sure to make it your favourite time. There are so many events going on around London this year so give it a google and get out there. And of course, if I find myself at any of these top spots, then I’ll be sure to get you involved.