17 November 2014

One Day. Christmas Countdown - London's Attractions

I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who look forward to the Christmas break to have a few days off work and share a meal with family and friends, and those who are breaking out the tinsel in November, planning festive get-togethers and running around like a little elf in December. I definitely fall into the latter category.                                  I. love. Christmas.

I think the festivity that this time of year brings is so wonderful - cities light up with decorations, pop-up events appear everywhere and there is a generally jolly spirit around. Being in London for the Christmas season this year is even more exciting for me - with the cold climate here, the holiday season is even more wonderful. Here are some of the festive attractions on in London that I can't wait to see.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Transforming the city's largest park into a real life Winter Wonderland? Thank you London - I'm in heaven. Complete with an ice-skating rink, ferris wheel, rides and Christmas market stalls this has to be the largest event in the city. It opens next weekend... you know where to find me.

Somerset House ice-skating
Probably the most picturesque rink in the city, this is definitely one to check off your bucket list. This 18th century courtyard is an idyllic location to carve up the ice under the twinkling lights of a giant Christmas tree.

Department store Christmas windows
London's department stores go "all out" with their decorations each year. Harvey Nichols is renowned for its beautiful window displays but don't discount others like Harrods with some beautiful windows as well and Selfridges who have a delightful "Christmas Grotto". A walk down Oxford Street and Regent Street is also well worth it with their light displays.

Southbank Christmas Markets
You don't have to venture as far as Germany to see some Christmas markets - London has their own little German village at Southbank on the river. Here you can feast on all the classics like mulled wine, bratwurst sausages and dutch pancakes.

Trafalgar Square Carols
And if you love carols as much as I do Trafalgar Square has its very own session from 8th - 23rd December. Set in the square under the world famous tree you can sing deck the halls to your heart's content.

And just to top it all off nicely, I'm off to visit the quaint little Bruges Christmas market's in Belgium in a few weeks. I'll be sure to share my weekend with you.

Photos via Pinterest.