London, England is one of those destinations you can’t help but fall in love with, if for no other reason than even as a stranger, you feel like you’ve been there before. It is home to some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, sporting events and place names. If you’re in the mood for first-rate dramatic productions, London theatre tickets are readily available; if you want to see a rowdy sporting event, London has you covered. It doesn’t matter when you go to London, you’re bound to have a good time.
This rings especially true around the holiday season as the spirit of the season just seems to fill the streets and make everything come even more to life (if that’s even possible!). Remember, this is the land that inspired the classic Charles Dickens Christmas tale and countless other odes to good tiding. There are any number of festive attractions going on throughout the holiday season, many impromptu, many planned and many others that you will create yourself simply by visiting.
Check these attractions out below though if you’re looking to spend the holiday season in or around the London area.
If ice skating is on your list of must-do things this holiday season, taking a trip to one of the many outdoor skating rinks will result in you taking part in a much loved holiday tradition for many a Londoner. Everyone has their favourite spot, some seem more for certain crowds than others but all are available for holiday fun. Most rinks are open from November until mid January and are a great way to spend the holidays with loved ones.
Christmas Tree at Trafalgar Square
A holiday tradition since the end of World War II, London receives an enormous Christmas tree from Norway as their way of saying thanks during the war. No slouch in size, this tree is often 20m tall and as old as many people’s grandparents – a kingly gift that is impossible to miss. If you’re in London this season, it is lit on the first Thursday in December and stay on until the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th.
Taking in a Play
Ranging from musicals to drama and everything in between, the London theatre scene is a vibrant place during the holiday season. Try to make it to the English National Ballet though where they put on the Nutcracker every year (for 50 years!), making it as much a holiday tradition as almost anything else in the city! If this isn’t your thing, consider checking out other special holiday productions at the many theatres throughout town – there’s bound to be something to please even the scroogiest of scrooges!