In our last post about our trip to England, we scratched the surface of what we have planned for London. This week, we wanted to drill down further and list all the Christmas events/attractions that we’d like to see when we’re in London for 8 days.
Covent Garden Christmas
Covent Garden is one of our favorite places in London and we can’t wait to see it all decked out for Christmas. They have all kinds of festivities planned. Such as Christmas Food market, decorations, caroling, reindeer petting, sales and much more. Should be magical and fun.
Hamley’s is the ultimate Toy Store. There are few like it left these days but this London institution has been around for hundreds of years. We can’t wait to choose our children’s few Christmas presents and find some uniquely British toys (and perhaps one or two Spitfire models for dad).
Camden Night Markets
This is something we’re not sure we can do with the kids as it takes place after dark. But the Camden Lock markets have special night shopping evenings where everything is decorated for Christmas and all the stallholders are open past normal hours. Should be cold but fun!
We’re really looking forward to Christmas Shopping in London. While we’re scaling down our Christmas this year – the trip is gift enough for ourselves and we’re limited in what we have to bring home with us – we still plan to exchange a few gifts and make the kids feel special since they’ll be missing Christmas with their families.
I have yet to attend a Choral Evensong service at one of the Cathedrals and since we’ll be there during Christmas this is something we really want to make sure that we do.
Trafalgar Square – Carols and Tree
Trafalgar Square is another one of our favorite places and we can’t wait to see it decked our for Christmas. Norway donates the tree at the center of the square (it’s a thank you for British support during WWII) and we can’t wait to see it lit up. Also, pretty much every night there will be carol singers in the square. This is something we can easily do while we’re in the area doing other things.
Christmas Shop Windows
One Christmas tradition we can’t wait to see is all the windows at British department stores decked out with a Christmas theme. We’ll enjoy viewing the windows outside the shops we can’t really afford to shop in. Should be fun – it will remind us of home as we love to look at the Macy’s Windows in Chicago.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderfest
While this is geared towards tourists, we’re really looking forward to it, because at the end of the day, we’re tourists! The Winter Wonderfest takes over a corner of Hyde Park and features a Christmas market, food and rides. It’s really family friendly and we can’t wait to take the kids.
Christmas in London Photowalk
Photography is one my passions and I’ve not been able to do it much lately. One thing I’d like to do is go out after the kids are in bed and photograph London at Christmas at night. I’ve got a great camera to do it with and a light tripod, so I expect to have lots of great Christmas pictures of London.
We’ll probably add to this list as we get closer to the trip and chances are we won’t be able to do a few due to scheduling conflicts but these are certainly the things we would like to do so we can make the most of Christmas in London.
Have you been in London during Christmastime? What was your favorite thing to do? Let us know in the comments!