London is a great place for a short break anytime of the year, but London at Christmas offers a whole new world of merry-ful treats. Whether you’re looking for a winter themed attraction, a festive inspired event or a joyful Christmas show, London 2013 is the place to be this winter.
Festive Attractions in London
London Christmas attractions are an absolute must when on a winter break in the capital. Every year they get bigger and better, and 2013 is no different. A visit to The Warner Brothers Studio Tour will give Harry Potter fans a chance to see ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’, as well as the Christmas decorations and food props used on the actual film sets. A truly magical experience, it’s the perfect chance for Potter addicts to enjoy some winter fun.
For a Christmassy experience the whole family can appreciate, make sure you visit Winter Wonderland Hyde Park. With the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus, The Arctic Circle, Santa Land and much, much more, everyone can feel the festive spirit in London this winter. If you’re feeling really adventurous, put on your skates and show London your best figure skating moves at the Lycamobile Ice Rink. As the UK’s largest ice rink and with more than 100,000 twinkling lights, I can’t think of a better way to start the festive celebrations.
To make the most of your time with the kids (and the most of your money too), The View from the Shard is offering free entry for children during the Christmas Holidays – they’re too kind! This exciting attraction is perfect for the whole family with spectacular 360 degree views of London from a staggering 800ft. Just imagine the breath-taking scenery of London on a crisp winter’s day from the capital’s most exciting and newest landmark attraction – simply stunning! Oh and did we mention kids go free?
Christmas Theatre Shows in London
Christmas shows in London are a treat for any keen theatre goer, whether you enjoy a good old-fashioned pantomime or prefer a classic stage performance, there’s something for everyone this winter at the West End. A must-see theatre show this year is the stage performance of The Snowman. Showing at the Peacock Theatre for an impressive 16 years, this much-loved festive story will be brought to life in a magical stage performance featuring all your favourite Christmas characters, as well as the iconic song ‘Walking in the Air’.
Children will also be pleased to hear the much-loved Dr. Seuss and The Gruffalo books will also be transformed into fantastic stage performances. Showing at the London Arts Theatre, The Seussical is a toe-tapping show bound to have your imagination running wild and The Gruffalo will be hitting the stage at Lyric Theatre promising a lot of laughs and a whole heap of scary fun.
Christmas Events in London
This Christmas will see Kew Gardens transformed into an enchanting winter paradise for the very first time. Opening at night-time, you will get the chance to explore a magical illuminated trail through the gardens complete with a stunning light and sound show. From glowing trees and pretty lights to a boutique Christmas market offering all kinds of festive delights, this is one extra Christmassy event you won’t want to miss.
If you’re a fan of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, then the Christmas Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall is a must-see festive event in London. As well as all your favourite classic music, you’ll see amazing dancing, incredible lights and lasers, and an unbelievable indoor firework display for the ultimate festive finale!
And finally…what’s Christmas without a bit of Disney magic? Why, it wouldn’t be Christmas at all! With the new Dare to Dream ice spectacular, the whole family can enjoy a Disney extravaganza combining the stories of Disney’s finest princesses, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Tiana.
Christmas in London 2013 is set to be a good’en offering festive lovers a fantastic choice of attractions, events and theatre. Have you got any plans to visit London for a short break this Christmas? What will you get up to ensure you’re feeling the Christmas spirit this year?