London is a magnificent city, one that many dream of visiting or living in. Millions of people gather here on an annual basis for its divine buildings, historical background and rich culture. Whilst the cold air and shorter days maybe taking over however, the seasonal wonders are just about to begin to leave all your senses tingling.Christmas lights glowing in the streets, the smell of hot food stalls oozing through the air, carol singers harmonising the acoustics of the streets, the warmth of a hot drink between the palms of your hands, plus the taste of the crisp air. These are just a few of the marvellous sensations that Christmas in London has to offer.
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t just learn in London, live it too. See below the top 10 Christmas events happening this year. Don’t forget also, to round up your festivities with the outstanding fireworks outside the London eye. A not to miss event for those who like to round up the year with a bang.
See below – top 10 seasonal events in London.
Leicester Square’s Glittering Christmas Market
Easily accessible from stations including Leicester square, Charing Cross and Piccadilly Circus, is the bustling seasonal event the Leicester Square Christmas Market. Offering a completely free entrance, guests can enjoy music, a variety of food and drink and festive entertainment.
Southbank Winter Festival – 8th November – 5th January
Renown for holding the annual and iconic firework display on New Year’s Day, the Southbank Festival has something for everyone. Live Circus entertainment, Comedians, Drag -Artists, Pop up cinemas and more.
Christmas At Flat Iron Square 11th November – 6th January
Ski Themed and full of festive food, this event is not to miss as it offers a cosy environment of festive film screenings. Enjoy Ski favourite drinks from across the world. Plus, on the 30th of November a as a Conscious Christmas Market called Pebblefestive, hosting over 30 independent traders.
Kingston Christmas Market – 14th November – 31st December
Kingston Christmas Market is held in a variety of wooden cabins on the front lawn of All Saints Church. For its 14th year return, Kingston Christmas Market will be holding a marquee for The Eden Crafts, offering a range of Christmas decorations, personalised gifts and more. Plus, the bonus of free samples of drinks and cheeses. How could you say no to that?
Winter Wonderland – 21st November – 5th January
Located in the iconic and largest Royal Park (Hyde Park), Winter Wonderland sparks wonders for the imagination. The scale alone of this event is breath taking, not to mention its attention to detail. Roller coasters, Hot Chocolate, food stands, Mulled wine and much more ensures that you are needs and more are catered for at this magical event.
Christmas by the River
Offering over 70 wooden cabs of food and seasonal luxuries, The Christmas by the River event takes place along. You can also get your hands-on free craft workshops here, where you can take part in Christmas Jumper making in aid of Save The Children.
Ally Pally Christmas Carnival 1st – 16th December
More formally known as the Alexandra Palace, this venue including Santa’s Grotto, a market, funfair rides, live music, ice skating, workshops and live performances from the BBC Concert Orchestra. The Doors to the new spectacular Alexandra Palace Theatre will be open to view as well.
Maltby Street Night Market – 30th November – 21st December
Rather new to the South-East London market scene, the Maltby street market promises Christmas festivities in a Dickensian setting with twinkling lights of London’s most picturesque railway arches.
Christmas in Covent Garden – November 12th
Covent Garden, an iconic destination located a mere stone throw away from IH London, offers a range of festive markets. The Covent Garden Market dates back centuries and creates seasonal wonders during the Christmas duration.Christmas at Kew – 20th November – 5th January (Advanced bookings only)
Located at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens is regularly visited by many who wish to devour its natural beauty and Christmas is no exception. Tunnels of lights, fire gardens, dancing lights, retro amusements and of course Santa’s Grottto.
Overall, London is a magnificent city and the perfect place to learn English and experience the rich culture and beauty that it has on offer. Join us over Christmas for an unforgettable experience and do Christmas like you have never done it before.
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