CHRISTMAS IN LONDON - BEST PLACES TO VISIT.

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Christmas in London is in full swing!

Wherever you go, you'll see astonishing sparkling lights, atmospheric festivals, charming winter markets, and endless jolly activities that will make Santa jealous.

Travelling around London over Christmas? Fancy an alternative night out in December?

Look no further!

Have a very merry Christmas and scroll down to discover terrific places all over capital!


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What I'll cover in this article:

 

1)  Piccadilly Circus
2)  Leicester Square
3)  Covent Garden
4)  Trafalgar Square
5)  Winter Wonderland
6)  Southbank Centre Market & Stroll
7)  Christmas at KEW Gardens


 

1)     Piccadilly Circus

 Picadilly Circus

Picadilly Circus

Definitely, one of the best place to visit in the evening, shop and stroll around during Christmas. The city sparkles with lights all over most especially Piccadilly street and festive decorations consistently embellish the large hotels to small coffee shops!

From here you can visit all the most shinest streets.

Piccadilly circus has always been a major tourist attraction. Having said that, its appeal increases significantly during the holiday season, when all the surrounding streets are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights.

Must visit streets and Christmas lights:
- Regent’s Street: 16th November -   31st December 2017
- Oxford Street:   07th November -  31st December 2017
- Carnaby:           09th November -  31st December 2017
- Bond Street:      09th November  - 1st January 2018


Where: Picadilly Circus
Website

 Regent Street

Regent Street

 Oxford Street Photo: Victoria Tsani:  click

Oxford Street
Photo: Victoria Tsani: click

 Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

 Carnaby Street Photo: Victoria Tsani, click

Carnaby Street
Photo: Victoria Tsani, click

 Bond Street

Bond Street


2)    Leicester Square

 Leicester Square - Christmas Market

Leicester Square - Christmas Market

Take a stroll through traditional Christmas Market, that brings the amazing holiday atmosphere, where you can sample high-quality treats and surprises. Expect delicious food, mulled wine and charming gifts to buy, and of course a Santa’s Grotto for the kids. There’s also vintage Spiegeltent for lots of performances that will entertain you throughout the festival.

When: 10 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Where: Leicester Square
Website


3)  Covent Garden

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The area itself is absolutely terrific. Charming Market from high end artisan items to flea market bargains. Beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, Christmas tree and gorgeous decorations, lots to see. Great day of shopping to get some different Christmas gifts. There are a large number of shops upstairs selling some nice but expensive items. The Market itself is impressive with a super range of products and restaurants, however the street performers make the place special. It is a very lively area at night time with all the West End theatres and cinemas and the pubs of Soho not far away.

- Apple Market
- Local artists performance
- Christmas Tree

When: 14th November 2017 to 5th January 2018
Where: Covent Garden

Website
 

 
 Covent Garden - Apple Market

Covent Garden - Apple Market

 

4)    TRAFALGAR SQUARE

 Trafalgar Square - Carol Singing Photo: standard.co.uk

Trafalgar Square - Carol Singing
Photo: standard.co.uk

Admire astonishingly lightened Christmas tree, decorated in traditional Norwegian style. Soak up the magical atmosphere of London’s famous square, while listening to carols around the Christmas tree that brings even more holiday vibes that is possible. Great, bustling area that is always busy. Full of buskers and performance artists.

Carol Singing: (also at the Royal Albert Hall )
* When: 11 - 22 December 2017
* Where: Trafalgar Square
* Website: here 

* Free entry
(Performances take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and from 2-6pm at weekends.)

When: 7th December 2017 to 4th January 2018
Where: Trafalgar Square
Website

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5)  Winter Wonderland

 Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland is a Christmas Festival located at Hyde Park with over 200 market stalls to visit, you can find lots of Christmas shows, a circus, a Spiegeltent, big ice skating rink and a Ferris Wheel- just like the London Eye. You get two rotations for your ticket here.
There’s also brilliant ice bar that gives delicious cocktails.Perfect place for families with children. The entrance is free but you need to pay for all attractions.

- When: 17 November 2017 to 1 January 2018
- Where: Hyde Park
Website

 Winter Wonderland, Ice rink

Winter Wonderland, Ice rink


6)    Southbank Christmas Market & Stroll

Charming recreation area with a promenade by the river

 

 Southbank promenade

Southbank promenade

Southbank Centre Winter Market is located right in the centre of the city along the river Thames from roughly the base of the London Eye. The place becomes very special at night.. Lots of options for food of all kinds with amazing street performances. This market is part of the Southbank Winter Festival, where you can also make memories at magical shows, free festive events, live music and comedy for all ages.

Go and try the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge for a mulled cider!

- When: 10 November 2017 – 4 January 2018
- Where: Southbank
- Website

 

 
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 7)    CHRISTMAS AT KEW GARDENS

 KEW Gardens

KEW Gardens

Follow a stunning trail through KEW Gardens of over one million twinkling lights, illuminating heritage trees and buildings of this magic place. This fantastic palm house almost comes alive with an intense show of lasers, light patterns, and kaleidoscopic projections. For the kids, there’s a Santa with his elves at the North Pole village and you can also enjoy yourself at the Iconic Christmas. There’s also a chance to warm up with mulled wine and hot chocolate around the fire!

- When: 22 November 2017 – 1 January 2018
- Where: KEW Gardens
Website


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