Or is it? The nights are drawing in, the first frosts have fallen and there are signs of Christmas are popping up all over the high streets and on the television. But for those of you who are struggling to get into the Christmas spirit, we thought we’d suggest a few things going on around the capital that are guaranteed to bring on the festive feeling.
1. The Christmas Markets
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the high street, why not wrap up warm and head along to a traditional Christmas market, they offer exciting and different gifts, festive food and drink and a great atmosphere. We would particularly recommend the pretty Southbank Christmas Market (16 Nov – 24 Dec) with rows of traditional wooden huts lining the Southbank up to the London Eye, sparkling lights and stunning riverside views. With wafting smells of roasting nuts and gingerbread, a stroll along the Southbank is bound to stir up a feeling of Christmas.
2. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park (23 Nov – 5 Jan)
When it comes to Christmas, Winter Wonderland’s got it all! Every year Hyde Park is transformed into an awe-inspiring Christmas theme park complete with the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, a magical market with over 200 chalets selling unusual and handmade gifts. There’s also the Ice Kingdom complete with ice and snow sculptures, medieval village, live music, Santa Land and even a circus. For a one-hit Christmas extravaganza, Winter Wonderland definitely ticks all the boxes.
3. The Nutcracker (4 Dec – 15 Jan)
The Royal Ballet is performing the annual Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker, at the Royal Opera House, telling the story of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve journey through the land of sweets. With great choreography, stunning sets and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score, this makes a perfect treat for the festive season.
4. The Christmas Lights
Even if you missed Jessie J and other celebrities switching on the Oxford Street Christmas lights, it’s definitely worth taking a walk along Oxford Street, Regent Street or through Covent Garden to admire the awe-inspiring displays and soak up the Christmas spirit.
5. Santa and the Reindeer
For something a little bit different, meet the Big Man himself and his herd of cloven footed helpers every weekend in the run up to Christmas at London Zoo. A magical experience, complete with storytelling and practical hands-on participation, that is bound to get you in the mood for Christmas.
On that note, Father Christmas has got his work cut out between now and Christmas Eve. In fact, we have a little Christmas secret to divulge – he’s currently storing thousands of his goodies with ABC Selfstore in our units at Camden, Southwark and Wandsworth!
Hopefully the above tips will help you feel more Christmassy and get you inspired to get on with your Christmas shopping. But, if keeping your presents a secret is a problem in your household in the run up to Christmas, or space is at a premium, why not give us a call and see how we can help you out? With a range of affordable and easy-access units, from very small to very large, we can guarantee to keep your presents safe, however big or small, from prying eyes and curious fingers and give you a helping hand towards an enjoyable and magical Christmas 2013.