Festive Family Days Out in London
|London's iconic Harrods glistens with the warmth of Christmas. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
There is no better place in the United Kingdom to prepare yourselves for Christmas and infuse your family with the festive holiday spirit than the beautiful capital of London. Spend a weekend in the city to take full advantage of all the holiday happenings with so many options in the heart of the city, meaning you won’t miss out on any of the holiday action!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
|Holiday magic awaits at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Photo: Courtesy of HydeParkWinterWonderland.com.
|Welcome to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland of Holiday Magic. Photo: Courtesy of HydeParkWinterWonderland.com.
From Zippo’s Circus events throughout the duration, to rides on the towering observation wheel, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Entry to the wonderland is, most importantly, free to all, but if you want to enjoy the additional attractions, you should book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
|The winter wonderland of Hyde Park. Photo: Courtesy of HydeParkWinterWonderland.com.
Wander the rustic Christmas markets before popping in to say hello to Santa. Explore over 500 ice and snow statues in the new exhibition, The Magical Ice Kingdom. Test your skills on the ice rink or enjoy a glass of mulled wine as you admire the lights and smells of Christmas. Whatever your reason for discovering the wonderland, you’ll be sure to love every moment.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
|Imagine skating at this fairy-tale castle's courtly rink surrounded by a magical kingdom of ice! Photo: Courtesy of HamptonCourtIceRink.com.
Visiting Hampton Court any time of year will enable you to appreciate this wondrous palace and all that it holds. During the summer months, explore the castle and maze within the grounds, but during the winter time, Hampton Court is transformed and the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink comes to life. With an outdoor ice rink that will keep anyone’s fingers tingling as they skate, and the majestic palace as a backdrop, you can feel the magic of Christmas as the snow gently falls.
|Imagine your child's face when he or she visits with Santa at Harrods this holiday season. Photo: Courtesy of Harrods.com.
Although the upscale market and luxurious department store that is Harrods only allows you to allocate yourself a spot to see Santa if you’re a Rewards member, there are still plenty of grottoes around the city to which you can take your young ones. Try Selfridges on Oxford Street and see the smile light up your child’s face as they tell Santa what is on their Christmas list this year.
We hope you enjoy this most joyous season of the year with your family and friends in the magical winter wonderland of London. Happy Holidays!