London makes a great destination for fans of the festive season as the busy city is teeming with Christmas and New Year’s activities and attractions. If you are a fan of the holidays, read on for a look at some London's best spots to get you in the holiday spirit.
7 Dials is an area of London that links Covent Garden to Soho. It’s beautiful all year but puts on an especially dazzling show during the festive season. Stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street to be in the middle of it all and truly experience London's traditional Christmas lights. Looking for something a bit more unique? The area of Carnaby is famous for its quirky Christmas lights and bold displays. The pedestrian shopping street is transformed with a carnival-themed display featuring funky lights and tropical vibes to mark the countdown to Christmas.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland is one of Hyde Park's highlights and a must stop day out for a festive visit to London. From 17 November 2017 to 01 January 2018, the park is filled with festive attractions for all ages. Take a ride in a festive rollercoaster, skate on the UK's largest ice rink, see the sights around Hyde Park in a giant observation wheel, or browse through unique gifts and decorations in the pretty chalets that house the Christmas Markets.
There are lots of activities at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, too. The whole family will enjoy watching the fun packed Zippo’s Christmas Circus of jugglers, aerialists and clowns, or the daredevil antics at the Circus Berserk show. Young children will love the special festive rides and activities in Santa Land, and a trip to Santa's grotto. Santa’s elves have been busy making the dazzling Magical Ice Kingdom with over 200 tonnes of ice and snow. Find your way through ice carvings like a medieval village, ice trolls and knights in a giant forest, and an incredible ice castle.
Take a break with some food and drink in Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland at the famous Bavarian village with its festive great hall, enjoy mulled wine around a fire pit, cosy up in the Nordic bar, or warm yourselves by a log fire in the House of St Nicholas.
Christmas shopping at Harrods
Within easy walking distance of Hyde Park is London’s most famous shop, Harrods, which always celebrates Christmas in style. Admire the spectacular Christmas window displays at Harrods, which are this year inspired by the golden age of steam trains and feature thousands of twinkling lights and lavish sets of designer fashion. Inside the illustrious store, you can see stunning Christmas decorations while you browse for extra special presents. The store also sells festive food, including luxury Christmas hampers, and beautiful festive decorations. There are lots of restaurants inside as well which offer food and drink, including a special Disney café which appeals to younger visitors. You can also book a place for your child to meet Santa and get a special gift at the popular Harrods Christmas Grotto.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Wrap up warm and head to Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland for an evening event that has been captivating visitors for 11 years. In the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s London home a spectacular winter woodland awaits. A beautiful trail of color and light guides visitors through garden paths, around a sparkling lake, past trees and to a Great Conservatory. After your magical stroll, enjoy mulled wine and a BBQ at the Refectory in the Garden Centre. Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 10 to 26, and the estate offers free parking.
The nearby Kew Gardens also celebrate the festive season with their new Christmas After Dark events. Take a walk around the landmarks of the Royal Botanic Gardens by night on an illuminated trail. Visit the Christmas village, ride a Victorian carousel, listen to Christmas carols and peruse a boutique Christmas market filled with gifts and treats from local designers.
Discover UK's largest light festival
If you can't fit in a visit to London before Christmas, no worries, there's still time to get into the festive spirit! January promises to be just as magical with Lumiere London entering the capital for the second time. Lumiere London is a light festival running from January 18-21 2018 where international and local artists transform the city into a bright and colorful art exhibition. Oh, and the event is free to visit!
Where to stay
The Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport is a perfect base for a festive trip to London. The sylish and modern hotel offers parking for visitors with cars and easy access to direct trains to London.
Psst! Prefer a more central location? The Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London is the perfect alternative.