As we’re racing headfirst into the festive period, I thought I’d share my favourite things to do in London to distract myself from the never ending list of jobs to get done before the big day itself.

Giulia's in the holiday spirit!

Giulia's in the holiday spirit!

Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew is one of my absolute favourite things to do at Christmas time in London. Wrapped up in a warm hat, coat and scarf while walking underneath thousands of twinkling lights and displays is just simply magical! To top it all off, there’s a a light show in the main greenhouse and even a fire garden. Once you’ve finished the designated walk through the gardens with a glass of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows surrounded by friends, I can promise you that you’ll be feeling all fuzzy inside.

Tickets range from £16.50 - £21.50.

Ice Skating

This list couldn’t possibly be complete without London’s host of pop-up ice rinks at Christmas time! For as long as I can remember whenever I’ve been in London during the festive period, this has been an absolute must on my list of things to do before I leave again. From the beautiful architecture surrounding Somerset House and The Natural History Museum rinks, to the more modern surroundings at Canary Wharf you are utterly spoilt for choice! Most rinks are open late and at weekends so if you’re taking a trip with co-workers after work or going at the weekend with your family there’s no excuse to miss out.

Circus 1903

Circus 1903 is rolling into a short residency at London’s Southbank Arts Centre on the 19th December and is a stellar event you’d be a fool to miss. The troupe includes a host of acrobats, contortionists and performers from every corner of the globe; even life sized elephants created by the team behind War Horse! With the goal of celebrating the golden age of circus this is the perfect Christmas treat for the whole family.

Tickets start at £25!

Christmas Lights

For the more frugal, or if you’re looking for something quick, easy and festive, taking a walk around central London in the early evening to see the various lights is a must. In particular, the lights this year on Regent Street and Carnaby street are amongst my personal favourites. The golden angels swooping between white buildings are breath taking and the Queen lyrics lighting up Carnaby Street offer an ultra colourful spin on ‘traditional’ Christmas Lights that will leave you in a delightfully festive mood. In addition, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the surrounding area all have their own set of fabulous lights as well that you can check out too!

Whatever you decide to get up to over this festive period, whether it be ice skating, the circus or simply spending a cozy night in with those closest to you, I really hope you all have a wonderful few weeks.

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