Christmas, more than any other time of year, makes London feel alive. There’s so much happening in this amazing city it’s almost impossible to decide what to do to get you in the Christmas mood.
To help you with your Christmas plans here are our top picks for December.
The enchanting story of The Nutcracker has captivated audiences for generations and the English National Ballet are performing their wonderful version this Christmas. Set during Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score played live this is a romantic and old fashioned Christmas treat.
The Nutcracker runs until January 10th 2016, tickets start at £14.
London hosts a number of beautiful ice rinks at Christmas but the one at Somerset House is surely the most iconic. Gliding along the ice in the courtyard of this 18th century house, under the shadow of an enormous Christmas tree is a stunning and festive experience. Head for a warming drink in the Fortnum’s Lodge once you’ve finished your spin on the ice.
The Somerset House Ice Rink is open until January 10th 2016, tickets start at £7.50.
Stroll down London’s Southbank until you reach the Tate Modern. Traditional wooden chalets fill the space between the Tate and Thames, making up a traditional Christmas market. Jewellery, handmade wooden toys and tree decorations are just some of the delights on offer. If you’re feeling hungry you can sample roasted nuts or sip a cup of mulled wine.
The Christmas Market at Tate Modern is open until December 23rd 2015.
East London’s quirkier alternative to Winter Wonderland takes place in Victoria Park. Filled with a creative and theatrical spirit attractions on offer include circus rides, an ice rink and a SnowWhite Panto. You can head to Backyard Cinema to watch Christmas classics including Love Actually and Home Alone. In the evenings make sure you visit the Spiegeltent for comedy and cabaret.
Winterville is open until December 23rd 2015, entry is free but you have to pay for certain attractions.