London is among the premier tourist destinations in the world. From Madame Tussauds to Buckingham Palace to the London Eye, there’s no shortage of experiences and attractions to tempt travellers from across the world – and from the rest of the UK, too. If you’re travelling by train, you can snap up a handful of off-peak tickets in advance and cut your costs overall.
But during the festive period, there’s something extra-special about the capital that other cities just can’t replicate. If you’re planning a trip to London this Christmas, then be sure to make time for some of the amazing wintry goings-on in the city.
Christmas at Kew
For seven years, Kew Gardens has been putting on a winter trail, which leads visitors through the famous grounds. This time around, there’s an all-new route in place, which is flanked by illuminated trees, and which covers most of the gardens themselves.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is without doubt the capital’s biggest draw over the festive period. It’s free to enter, and there’s an enormous Christmas market, complete with an observation tower, an ice bar, a karaoke bar, a circus, and countless other attractions. If you’re bringing children along, it’s a must-visit.
One of the most amazing features of the Winter Wonderland is its iconic ice rink, which is the largest outdoor rink in the country. Strap on a pair of skates and get going – you don’t need any experience to get started, and small children are sure to have a fantastic time.
Go to a Christmas Pantomime
Panto season offers a great night out with the kids. You’ll be able to see some famous faces (along with some not-so-famous faces) taking starring roles in stories we all know and love. There are jokes for the grown-ups, but the kids are sure to get an enormous amount out of it, especially if they get called up on stage. This year, there’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears over at the Palladium, which features Paul O’Grady and Julian Clary, and there’s two version of Dick Wittington – on in Hackney Empire, and the other in Stratford’s Theatre Royal.
Visit the Coca-Cola Truck
The Coca Cola company’s association with Christmas is surely one of the greatest marketing masterstrokes in history. Generations of children have grown to associate the festive season with that famous advert – and now you can bring your children along to visit the famous trucks, which make their stop in London on December 15th.