Being away from your family at Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be hard, maybe you can’t go home because you have to work, or maybe because the flights are too expensive. But don’t worry as London is full of activities and events to make the most of the winter break:
1 – Winter wonderland
Winter Wonderland is open from 22 November and runs until 6 of January. The entry is free, so you can see the amazing Christmas markets, bars and rides that will get your adrenaline pumping! It’s located in Hyde park and I definitely recommend you checking it out and feeling the amazing Christmas vibe in the air.
2- National History museum (ice-skating)
The National History Museum ice rink is back!
Until 20 January don’t lose your chance of ice-skating in one of the most beautiful ice rinks in town, thanks to the amazing Christmas tree in the middle and all the lights dripping from the trees in a magical way . It’s open from 10am – 5.50pm but it is recommended to book in advanced. Prices from £12.65.
3- Christmas in Leicester Square
Going for a walk in Central London? Make sure you visit the Christmas market in Leicester Square. The entry is free and there are wonderful stalls, foods and drinks to enjoy, so you can grab a mullet wine with the big red man. There are some shows as well happening every day and it is open until 6 January.
4 – Christmas by the River at London Bridge
It’s always good to explore different places of London, we recommend going for a walk near the river while looking at the wonderful London Bridge. There will be a Christmas market there with some tasty treats, and in addition there will be a series of workshops from arts and crafts to storytelling so you are guaranteed of having a good time!
5 – Meetup app
Want to meet new people while trying something new? Meetup is an app that has all kinds of events and activities you can join! From Tech groups to fitness, Career and Networking, Photography and even Christmas events like dinners, I recommend to try it out and make yourself busy this season, trying different things and meeting different people from different backgrounds.
6 - Volunteer
There are a huge amount of people that unfortunately don’t have a home or a family to spend Christmas, so why not do something bigger and volunteer this Christmas to help homeless people? Crisis at Christmas is always looking for new volunteers, and you can really make a difference in someone’s life. There are lots of roles to fill from helping to cook and serve meals to just have a chat and playing games.
7 – New years eve fireworks
Want to see the amazing New years eve firework but in a more relaxed place and not pay for it? I recommend heading to Hampstead Heath and check it out from there as I offers an amazing skyline view of the city! Hampstead is Heath is walking distance from Hampstead Station so you have no problem getting there.
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