The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew after-dark festival, when the Gardens are lit up with thousands of lights and laser beams, is a London Christmas must and tops my list every year! Hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows is part of the sensory delight!
Our daughter has always loved donning her skates and mittens, we used to take her skating in New York when the snow began to fall. Ice rinks pop up all over London and it’s a great activity for the holidays. We usually like to skate at Somerset House.
Oh, the Trafalgar tree, is it even Christmas without standing at her base and drinking in the lights? Donated by the city of Oslo to the people of Britain in thanks for their assistance to Norway during World War II, the tree feels like the beating heart of London for a few weeks each year. Check times for carolling and performers.
Even more magical at Christmas, the giant model of Hogwarts (the actual model used in the filming) is covered in snow and the Great Hall is laid out with a Christmas Feast. It’s not technically London, but well worth the distance.
Christmas in London’s theatre land isn’t limited to the great British tradition of pantomime. There are seasonal ballet, musicals, plays and other extravaganzas.
We always loved the Nutcracker when Pagan was younger, although tickets usually sell out quite early in the year.