London in December
The holiday season is fast approaching. Supermarkets are already selling festive goodies, holiday lights are already being constructed in some cities and as the weather gets colder and the nights longer, everyone’s looking forward to food, family and free stuff (i.e. presents). London is beautiful in the later months, and with a very mild Winter on the horizon, it will not be too bracing for people living in warmer climates. So, now that you’re determined to spend December in London, what marvellous sights and activities can you expect there?
Kew Gardens is amazing at any time of the year, with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of plants. It’s an informative place to visit as well as a scenic and captivating location for picnics. But during the Winter, Kew is transformed into a magical wonderland of lights and festivities. After dark there is an illuminated, mile-long trail through the botanical gardens with many diversions including musical Christmas trees, a scented garden of blazing fires, crystal flowers and a Christmas karaoke jukebox. This unmissable event will be open to the public from the 23rd of November to the 2nd of January.
This year, Hogwarts isn’t closing for the holidays. Instead, the iconic sets from the Harry Potter movies will be open to the public in a Christmas themed extravaganza. You’ll learn how special effects including levitating candles and artificial snow are handled on location, see props up close and get a sense of the directorial magic that goes into the movies. It’s an unforgettable experience for Potter fans of all ages, especially families who haven’t visited the sets of Hogwarts before. Open from the 19th of November until the 29th of January.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Great Christmas Pudding Race has been a fun tradition at Covent Garden for almost 36 years. You can take part and run around the garden with a real Christmas pud (Not alight, thankfully) in fancy dress, or you can just enjoy the stalls, the entertainment and the atmosphere of jollity. Either way, it’s all for a good cause, as the event is sponsored by Cancer Research UK. The race will be on the 3rd of December, and will the action will start at 11:15 am.
If you’re in London during Boxing Day, you’d have to have a will of iron not to have your head turned by the great Boxing Day, and later January, deals that stores will be providing. See MStay’s previous blog about Christmas stores to visit to see where you can get the best Boxing Day deals.
There are going to be a lot of ice skating rinks in London during December. They’ll be near such amazing places as Somerset House and the Natural History Museum, so you can see the sights whilst also getting to ice skate. What better reasons could you have for visiting London this December?