My first Christmas away from home was difficult but being able to spend the holiday in London wasn’t so bad either. London offers much to see and do during the Christmas season making it one of the most festive cities in the world. Here are my top five activities to have a very merry London Christmas.
1. Go Ice-Skating at the Tower of London
Ice-skate with friends and family at one of the many ice rinks open in the city. The Tower of London was the rink of choice for my friends and I, but equally impressive views can also be found at the Natural History Museum, Somerset House, and the London Eye.
2. Do Some Christmas Shopping at Harrod’s
You may think you don’t have the cash to spend at trendy Harrod’s, but there is something for every holiday budget. I found great books and music for my friends and specialty chocolates and coffees for my co-workers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Harrod’s, the building’s night time lights should arrest you for a few minutes.
3. Stroll through Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
This annual festival has it all – ice rink, ferris wheel, games for the kiddies, mulled wine, sauerkraut, and the above candy bar. If you can brave the cold, this Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon in the city.
4. Marvel at the lights on Oxford Street
Usually you want to avoid the crowds on Oxford St. but not around the holidays. The Christmas lights along this bustling street are worth your time. After work, I would gladly walk many extra blocks to a farther tube stop if it meant I could gaze at the lights on the way home.
5. Attend a Christmas service at Westminster Abbey
Christmas Eve Service is not to be missed at the Abbey. If you arrive early enough, you can sit right before the golden altar with your jaw hanging to the floor as you listen to the amazing choir sing your favorite holiday songs. St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church also offer spectacular services.