Forget what you’ve heard – Christmas is not cancelled this year, it just may look a little different to what you’re used to, especially in the capital. London has always been known as a great place to visit during the festive period, and this year is no exception.
With social distancing and reduced capacity measures in place, it’s also a safe place to visit – so don’t rule out your annual trip. Here are 5 things you can do in London this December, perfect for recapturing that festive feeling after a tough year.
Light display at Kew Gardens
Returning for its eighth year, Kew Gardens are already taking bookings for their spectacular after-dark trail light display. For the first time, though, you can journey through their beautiful Rose Garden, enjoying the view as the light installations sparkle around you.
There’ll also be laser projects onto the iconic Temperate House, and the Tunnel of Light will be twinkling with thousands of fairy lights – perfect for an Instagram pic! Christmas at Kew runs from November to January.
Ice skating at Natural History Museum
Although yet to publish dates, the ice rink at the Natural History Museum is confirmed to return – exciting stuff! Why not enjoy a socially-distanced skate with a friend, or hit the ice with your support bubble? Warm up afterwards by sipping a mulled wine in the café.
Visit Hogwarts in the Snow
Potterheads, look no further, as the Warner Bros. Studio is opening its doors once more for their annual Hogwarts in the Snow event! They’re promising more snow than ever before and have even given Diagon Alley a wintery makeover for 2020. The famous Great Hall set is not to be missed, decorated in wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees topped with witchy decorations. Book now to secure a ticket.
Westfield’s Winter Village, Shepherds Bush
In 2019, Westfield shopping centre debuted its outdoor Winter Village, and it was a roaring success! We suspect it’ll be returning for 2020, and you’ll no doubt be able to visit Santa’s Grotto, see one of London’s largest Christmas trees, and enjoy some festive food and drink!
Hit Westfield itself for some Christmas shopping too and you’ve got yourself a cracking festive day out. Staying in the area? We recommend the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, where heritage meets contemporary elegance.
Pantoland at the London Palladium
Despite most seasonal pantomimes being cancelled, the London Palladium are thrilled to announce that their Pantoland is still on, thanks to an initiative launched by the National Lottery. This year’s star-studded line-up includes Nigel Havers, Julian Clary, Ashley Banjo with Diversity, Jac Yarrow, and Beverly Knight, and is perfectly socially distanced thanks to the National Lottery scheme.
The show is packed to the brim with comedy and show-stopping musical numbers, celebrating the very best that pantomime has to offer. You can catch Pantoland from December 12th to January 3rd, but book early to avoid disappointment!