London is a vibrant city, full of things to see and do and this is truer at Christmas.Thanks to this, London offers a huge number of festive events and activities for everyone, young or old.
To ensure your time in the great city is an extra special one, we’ve gathered some of the hidden gem activities that London has to offer. We’ve taken your favourite attractions and offered some alternative options that are bound to make this Christmas one to remember.
Christmas Markets – Winterville
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Winterville is the fun alternative to Winter Wonderland and is perfect for the little ones. Situated in Victoria Park, this Christmas festival is running from the 23rd of November to 1st of January and free to attend on weekdays. The list of activities and Christmas fun you can have at Winterville is endless; from a backyard cinema to a roller disco, neon golf to a fairground, there really is something for everyone.
If you have little ones we’d recommend checking Winterville’s website as, on selected days, their Spiegeltent will be transformed into Littlebird’s Kid’s Quarter. Kids will be able to learn circus skills and craft Christmas decorations, all with help from Santa’s elves!
Ice Skating – Skylight
Photo credit: Skylight
There’s one activity that always gets you in the Christmas spirit, ice skating. London has a host of great rinks in locations such as the Natural History Museum but if you’d like to try skating somewhere more unusual, we’d recommend Skylight.
Skylight, an ice rink with a bar and two different menus, sits on the roof of Tobacco Dock, a 20-minute walk from Tower Hill. Costing £10 a ticket, this rooftop rink is open from the 2nd of November and is undeniably Christmassy. If you’re not a fan of ice-skating, you can always grab an Autumn Sky cocktail and relax, taking in the views of London’s iconic buildings such as The Gherkin.
Music – Ice Music
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Instead of listening to Christmas carollers this year, why not listen to ice music? Yes, that’s right, Ice Music is created by musician and composer Terje Isungset who performs live with instruments created from ice.
Playing a mixture of jazz and Scandinavian music, Isungset blends the haunting music with by Norwegian vocalist Maria Skranes’s beautiful voice. Performing on the 15th of December at the Royal Festival Hall, this free event is unique and perfect for a family fancy something different to their usual hymns.
Christmas Lights – The Enchanted Woodland
Photo credit: Simon Hadleigh-Sparks
This ‘Park in the Dark’ is a beautiful, 600-year-old botanical garden and the grounds to the historic Syon House in Brentford. Open now until 26th November the park will be illuminated by hundreds of multicoloured lights, creating a trail around the gardens, lake and ending at the Great Conservatory. This would be a great Christmas date or family activity (you can buy discounted family tickets here) to add some sparkle to a cold, November night.
Theatre – White Fang
Photo credit: Park Theatre
Alongside your usual Christmas pantomime, try something a little grittier this Christmas by taking a trip to see White Fang, a play written and directed by Jethro Compton.
This two-hour play follows the struggles of a young Native Indian girl who is recused by a huntsman. This story of love and redemption is bound to tug at your heart strings and make for a poignant evening.
White Fang will be performed at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park from the 13th December to the 13th of January so there is plenty of time for you to book your ticket or buy a ticket for your loved one as a Christmas present.
If you’re taking part in any of these activities why not stay in one of our London hotels? Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome and Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent are happy to accommodate you over the Christmas period and can recommend you fabulous Christmas activities across the city.