5 Ways to Have a Very Merry London Christmas

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

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

Harrod's London

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

Hyde Park London

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

Oxford Street London

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

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.

Happy Holidays!

10 thoughts on “5 Ways to Have a Very Merry London Christmas

  1. What? No Dickens Christmas Carol? I’d think that would be the quintessential London holiday activity (assuming anyone is performing it there during the holidays).

  2. I didn’t know they had ice skating at the Tower of London!!! How cool. I was in London in February but didn’t make it to that part of town on that trip. I bet attending a service at Westminster Abbey is incredible regardless of your religion!

    1. Hi Emily, Yep it is so beautiful ice skating there. Anyone, regardless of religion, can go to the services which is nice and it was amazing. Sitting right at the altar was the best seat and sitting under the high ceilings and listening to the choir was so impressive. If you have the chance to go sometime it is worth your while!

  3. These are all great ideas. I’ve been to London twice but only briefly each time. I love it a little more every time I visit though. I would love to check it out for the holidays.

    1. Hi Bethany, Yes there is so much to do in London, it can take several trips to see everything but I hope you can go during the holidays next time because it’s beautiful.

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