It is clear now that winter is definitely creeping in, it is dark in the morning and dark in the evening and the layers are being piled on. If you like me are from the southern hemisphere, then a winter Christmas always seems odd but not to worry there are plenty of things to get you into the Christmas spirit. I know it is tempting to hibernate over winter but just encase you’re feeling adventurous have a look below at our list of things to do this winter to keep you busy in London.
Winter Wonderland 22/11/2018 – 6/01/2019
This is an event in Hyde Park that I always look forward to. There is so much going on here and it is always a good day out, even better it is free to get in so you can go more than once. The events inside however are not free but there is something for everyone with, Ice skating, Christmas markets, over 100 rides, Santa Land, Bavarian Village, plenty of food and drink, comedy club, circus and an ice show (this year will be Peter Pan). You can easily spend a whole day here, but it is London so wrap up and bring your umbrella.
Winterville 15/11/2018 – 23/12/2018
Winterville in Clapham Common is a much smaller, more hip retro version of Winter Wonderland. If you don’t like large crowds this is the one for you. With a handful of fair rides Winterville really shines with its extra attractions, Ice Rink, Street Food, Roller Disco, Plonk Golf, Circus, Spiegeltent, Craft fair, and Backyard Cinema showing all your Christmas favorites in an amazing setting.
1. Christmas at Kew
Over a million lights, thousands of laser beams, light tunnel and a fire garden, this is always an impressive event. Food and drink stalls are also dotted around to keep you fuelled and warm.
2. London Zoo
This is the first year a light trail is welcomed to the Zoo. There will be a one-mile trail, light animal sculptures and light tunnels accompanied with a pop-up Christmas Village to get your mulled wine and toast some marshmallows.
3. Canary Wharf
This outdoor festival doesn’t make its appearance until January but it is worth the wait. A more contemporary display that is dotted around Canary Wharf, the word waterfall is a crowd pleaser.
4. Chiswick House and Gardens
They won’t be doing their usual Lantern Festival this year instead choosing a classier, modern feel with After Dark. There will be a 45-minute trail through the gardens and they have promised there will be no reindeer, Santa or fake snow, perfect for all the Grinchs out there.
There are plenty of outdoor rinks in London during winter but remember to purchase tickets in advance as they have limited availability. Here is our top 5
Winter Wonderland 23/11/2018 – 06/01/2019
This one is a personal favourite set inside Hyde parks Winter Wonderland. This year it is set to be even bigger making it the largest open air ice rink in the UK. There is often live music played in the bandstand in the middle of the rink making it a great date night.
Natural History Museum Now until 06/01/2019
This ice rink has a giant Christmas tree in the middle of the rink perfect for lots of group photos or selfies if you’re a solo skater. Plenty of room for everyone here and a nice café nearby.
Tower of London 23/11/2018 – 6/01/2019
The backdrop here is stunning and there is something quite special about skating right next to castle walls. If you haven’t
gone through the Tower of London yet I strongly recommend that while you’re there.
Canary Wharf 2/11/2018 – 16/02/2018
Sticking around for longing then most you still have time to go after your Christmas holiday or even for valentines. Completely covered and with a dedicated area for younger ones and lights under the ice this is usually a little quieter as it is a bit out of the way…unless you’re a banker.
Somerset House 14/11/2018 – 13/01/2019
A great one for the Instagram with the giant SKATE letters above the rink. There is also the Skate Lodge to build up your liquid courage before skating and some chocolate fondue for afterwards.
If none of the above events take your fancy here are a few more ideas to get you out of the house in the colder months.
London Wetlands – be sure to for on the 8-9th of December for the huskies and donkeys
The Great Christmas Pudding Race – A fun team even raising money for Cancer Research Aid where you complete an obstacle course all whilst balancing a Christmas Pudding on a tray.
Winter sports – If you fancy giving a winter activity a go that is a little different why not try Curling at Roof East or for a full day with Curling, Bowling, Ice Skating and Ice Karting head to Queens.
Let us know what you get up to this winter!