If you’re looking for some festive fun this holiday season, there’s no better place to be than in London. 2013 brings tons of fun=filled holiday events right into the heart of the city.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to shop for those hard-to-find Christmas presents, want to take the children to visit none other than Santa Claus himself or are searching for the most spectacular spots to view Christmas lights and decorations, you’ll find it all and much more in London. Be sure to check out these top events and festivities this year if you’ve gotten into the holiday spirit.
Christmas Events & Festivities in London
Carnaby Christmas 2013
Visit Carnaby Christmas 2013 for one of the most spectacular light exhibits in all of London. Browse through each of the 13 streets in this prime west Soho shopping area where you will see everything from giant, light-up robins bobbing their heads to the music that fills to air, to the Carnaby Street arches lit up with holiday decor. While viewing the lights, you can enjoy live entertainment, band performances, goodie bags, free drinks and much more.
Christmas in Trafalgar Square 2013
Visit Trafalgar Square to see one of the largest Christmas trees in all of London. This amazing tree features Norwegian decorations, energy-efficient bulbs and more. On December 8th, visitors can enjoy the torchlit procession for the Blessing of the Crib on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Field. On select days throughout the month of December, you can enjoy carols being sung while you admire the beauty of the tree and its many decorations.
The Night Before Christmas
Get into the holiday spirit by choosing to attend a performance of the popular, “The Night Before Christmas”. This family-friendly performance from London’s charming puppet theatre features music, poetry and comical acts that updates the old classic story. This is one performance that both children and adults will enjoy starting mid-November through January.
The London Zoo Christmas Journey
To meet Santa Claus and his reindeer, there’s no better place to visit than The London Zoo for the Christmas Journey. This grotto sets itself apart from the rest in London because it gives children the chance to actually interact with Santa’s reindeer. Hop aboard the carousel ride, view animal performances and meet Father Christmas himself where you and the whole family can take pictures.
Harrods Christmas Grotto
Take a break from all of the Christmas shopping and allow your children the opportunity to meet Santa in his very own grotto. With two different experiences including the Pre-School Experience and the Classic Experience, children of all ages will get the chance to meet Father Christmas and take home a little gift that includes a Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate especially for them.
Christmas at Kew
If you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration for Christmas gifts this year, there is no better place to visit than Christmas at Kew. This Christmas market is set in a woodland area, giving it a truly authentic feel. During the evenings, families of all ages can enjoy celebrations that feature attractions such as the Victorian carousel, rides, Santa’s grotto for meeting Father Christmas, plus a market with live music and treats for all to enjoy.
Avoid the Christmas rush by visiting the Handmade Christmas Fair for gifts that the whole family will love. Browse through a wide variety of tables set up by vendors that create their own unique designs including jewelry, ornaments, collectibles, children’s toys and so much more. While browsing the independent designer booths, you can also enjoy food, drinks and holiday-themed music to really put you into the Christmas spirit while completing your shopping.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013
Don’t forget to visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2013, where you can enjoy rides, shopping, entertainment and more this holiday season. Skate at the famous ice rink, take a ride on the Giant Observation Reel, enjoy one of two circuses and snack on sweet treats while browsing the market place with traditional German crafts that are sure to make excellent holiday gifts. New Christmassy additions are added to Winter Wonderland each year at this popular event.
London Hotels this Christmas
Pride of Britain Hotels has three luxury Hotels in London
The Arch Hotel
An elegant and quietly glamorous hotel close to Marble Arch and Hyde Park, The Arch London is a stylish newcomer to the London scene. Complementing the chic boutiques and fashionable destinations of the Marylebone area, the hotel epitomises London Townhouse living. Spanning seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes, restored original features are visible in all areas of the building where classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior. The Arch London is showcasing emerging British artistic talent on the ground floor in the lobby, corridors and study.
The Capital Hotel
The world’s closest hotel to Harrods and a refuge of English elegance and comfort, The Capital, Knightsbridge is one of the last 5 red star family owned and run hotels in London and takes great pride in its high levels of personal service. Each of the 49 bedrooms are individually decorated with an emphasis on English design showcasing a sumptuous medley of classic fabrics, antiques and works of art from the owner’s private collection.
The Goring Hotel
This unique five-star London hotel overlooks its own private gardens. The Goring is quite simply London’s quintessentially English hotel. This award-winning, family-owned property is perfectly placed for all the capital’s premier attractions. Buckingham Palace and the exclusive boutiques of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street are just minutes away.