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10 best things to do in London during Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, London transforms into a winter wonderland full of festive cheer. From the twinkling lights and decorations adorning every street corner to the delicious smells of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine filling the air, there's no shortage of holiday spirit in the city. Keep reading to hear the 10 best things to do in London during the holiday season!

1. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

This festive event features an ice rink, big ferris wheel, carnival rides, and a German-style Christmas market. It's a must-visit destination for anyone spending the holidays in London.

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2. Christmas at Kew GARDENS

This annual event transforms the Royal Botanic Gardens into a winter wonderland, with illuminated trails, and other Christmas themed displays and activities.

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3. Christmas lights at Oxford Street and Bond Street

These two shopping districts are known for their impressive holiday light displays, making them a must-see for anyone visiting London during the festive season.

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4. Covent Garden and Camden Christmas markets

These charming markets are a great place to find unique gifts and enjoy some festive food and drink.

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5. Regent Street Christmas lights

This is another spot to view the stunning display of twinkling Christmas lights

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6. Carnaby street

One of my personal favourite spots to visit during the holiday season! With a unique display of lights and decorations each year.

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7. South Bank Christmas market

This market, located at the London Eye, features a variety of stalls selling handmade gifts, as well as festive food and drink.

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8. Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

Each year, a giant Norwegian spruce is donated to the city and adorned with beautiful decorations and lights. It's a beautiful sight to see!

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Ice skating at Somerset House in London during Christmas time is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the city during the festive season. The stunning neoclassical building provides the perfect backdrop for a festive skate, and the outdoor rink is surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. .

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10. Christmas concerts and performances

London is home to many world-class concert halls and theatres, and the holiday season is a great time to catch a festive performance. From carol concerts to festive plays and musicals, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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London is a truly magical place to visit during the Christmas season. From the stunning Christmas lights and decorations that adorn the city's streets and landmarks, to the festive markets, events, and activities on offer, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Make sure to check out my new Instagram reel highlighting some of my favourite spots to visit during the festive season in London here.

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