With Christmas approaching faster than Blitzen in his prime, it’s safe to say we all know the festive drill.
The long run-up, the mad dash for presents, the office party, the wrapping, the cooking of Christmas lunch, the laughing at your in-laws’ jokes and of course, the Queen’s speech.
But if you’re getting sick of the same old routine, this year doesn’t have to be your average Christmas. Of course, some of the old traditions are, and always will be, what the festive period is all about, but just because you’re still eating turkey on Christmas Day doesn’t mean the coming weeks can’t be some of the most exciting of the year!
So why not get your London hotels booked, keep an open mind and check out some of these fantastic alternative Christmas events gracing the capital this year?
Have a very Muggle Christmas
Ever fancied seeing Hogwarts in the snow? Maybe taking a stroll down Diagon Alley to finish off your Christmas shopping? Or getting some Christmas decoration tips from the Great Hall? Well wonder no more as Warner Bros studios is having a festive makeover!
Visitors can enjoy all the wonderfully detailed Harry Potter sets with a Christmas twist and get their festive period off to a magical start (just don’t drink too much Butter Beer!)
Rockin’ Robin and a Carnaby Christmas
Some of the best Christmas shopping to be had anywhere in the UK, Carnaby Street’s decorations are also world famous. And this year is no different with the theme being ‘The Year of the Robin’.
The decorations and lights are on now, so get down there and make a weekend of it by staying in one of our London hotels – just watch out for the giant flock of robins!
Meet the real Rudolph
Every weekend in the run-up to Christmas sees London Zoo turn into Santa’s Grotto complete with the man himself and of course his famous reindeer.
You can find out more about all the festive animals on show, play the zoo keeper’s little helper by aiding with the animal’s food preparation or even enjoy some demonstrations and rides!
Great for getting in that festive spirit (especially if you’re an animal lover) this is the perfect place to start your Christmas with a bang!
If you go down to the woods today…
Is there anything quite as festive as the great outdoors on a frosty evening just before Christmas? Syon Park in London becomes the destination for an enchanted woodland experience during Christmas and offers an atmospheric and natural pre-cursor to the usual Christmas celebrations.
Enjoy the lights twinkling in the arboretum, take a walk along the winding forest path and gaze out across the frosty lake for a festive encounter you’ll never forget.