It’s that time of year again – the cold has set in, gingerbread lattes top coffee menus, sales adorn every shop window and Turkey dinners are every diners dream. Whether you revel in the magic of the festive season or dread the stress of gift-giving, here at ABC, we believe that Christmas is, (no pun intended), the most wonderful time of the year!
If, however, you’re a little late getting into the Christmas spirit, we plan on changing that with our top recommendations of things to do in the UK capital during the festive season.
Celebrating ten years since opening, the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park tops our list. Literally oozing with Christmas, the smell of mulled wine creates a warm, festive ambience, whilst the new ‘Ice Kingdom’ attraction transports you to the Arctic on a voyage to find sculpted landmarks and animals.
For the romantics, the ice rink is positioned under a canopy of 100,000 sparkling lights whilst the Observation Wheel is just a stroll away, soaring 60 metres high and showcasing the spectacular city skyline. If you intend to be “merry” with a festive cocktail in hand, we’d suggest bringing a coat (or two), and head to the ice bar, where everything, including your table is carved (unsurprisingly!), from ice.
Naturally, no Christmas is complete without a tree. For the most impressive, head over to Trafalgar Square. Whilst we’re sure it’s no competition for your baubled masterpiece at home, the 60 foot tree leaves viewers in awe of its majestic qualities, as well as having a sentimental meaning behind it. Having travelled over 700 miles, the tree is donated by Norway every year in recognition of the support Britain provided during WWII. Lit up in early December, groups can often be found carol singing beneath it, adding to the festive feel.
As many of London’s Christmas traditions date back to the Victorian era, the historians amongst us may be interested in trying what is known as the ‘Dickensian Christmas’; a special exhibition held at the Charles Dickens Museum, with guests invited to explore the famous authors home by candlelight, in true Victorian style.
Fantastic all year-round, but truly spectacular at Christmas, the theatre is a popular choice for many city goers. Last year saw numerous classics embrace the stage, including; Aladdin, A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and Oliver, so this year, we can expect ever bigger and better shows. Attracting individuals, families and couples, the Oscar-worthy performances will keep you entertained for hours and are guaranteed to leave you wanting to return.
Lastly, but most importantly, we can’t forget about food. From pigs in blankets, to bread sauce, chocolate yule, and of course, the turkey, Christmas is truly a time of indulgence. Most families choose to try their hand at creating a delicious masterpiece, but with an increasing number of restaurants opening on the 25th December, Christmas Day doesn’t necessarily need to be held at home. So book a table, and who knows, maybe eating out will become the new family tradition!
With an array of activities listed above, we’re certain that each and every weekend over the Christmas period will be filled with fun and excitement for all the family. If you need an extra companion on these festive outings, all of us at ABC will gladly fill the role!