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Countdown to Christmas
Countdown to Christmas

Trafalgar Square is where you’ll find the huge Christmas tree, donated to the people of Britain by the city of Oslo each year, and it’s lit up beautifully from early December. On weekday evening and weekend afternoons lots of different groups get involved in carol singing beneath the tree, making it a very festive place to be.

Winter Wonderland opens in Hyde Park on 21 November with a huge fun fair, games, Christmas market and seasonal food and drink. It’s free to enter and very jolly but everything you do inside will cost you apart from walking around and soaking up the atmosphere.

Out east, Winterville opens in Victoria Park, Hackney on 2 December. A newcomer to the London Christmas scene is promises a covered ice rink, ferris wheel and horse-drawn carriage rides plus lots of what you’d expect to find in Hyde Park with a bit more urban edge e.g. on trend street food traders, LGBT-minded entertainment and local craft beer. It’s free to enter but attractions and events are ticketed inside.

Southbank Winter Festival 2014 brings together family Christmas shows, comedy, a Christmas market and a vintage new year party.

Lots of Christmas markets, festive fairs and yuletide festivals proliferate throughout the capital in December to help make Christmas shopping jolly. Here’s the huge list of last year’s events. Watch this space for updates later in the year.

Winter ice skating is always hugely popular in London. Pretty ice rinks pop up at places like the Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf, Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace. Our 2014 Guide To Seasonal Skating In London is now ready for your perusal.

London theatre gets extra twinkly in December with a cracking programme of festive shows. Here’s what we recommended last year.

Santacon sees hundreds of people dressed as Father Christmas make their way through central London streets partaking of ‘festive spirit’ as they go and ending up at a big Christmas party on a Saturday in mid-December.

From the londonist.com

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