10Best: Ways to Celebrate the Season in London

  • Go Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

    Lace up your skates and hit the ice this season at the Natural History Museum's stunning outdoor rink, where you can glide around a Christmas tree and sip hot chocolate in a picture perfect setting. London has several other seasonal skating rinks at other historic locations, like the Tower of London and Somerset House.

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  • Enjoy Christmas Tea at the InterContinental London Park Lane

    Holiday-loving foodies can sit down for a limited edition Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Willington Lounge inside the InterContinental London Park Lane. Inspired by the classic holiday song The Twelve Days of Christmas, the tea features items like a dark chocolate torte drum (complete with edible drumsticks), swan-shaped choux buns and a treacle tart adorned with five gold rings.

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  • Visit the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

    Each Christmas since 1947, the city of London puts up a Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square donated by Norway in gratitude of Britain's support during World War II. During the afternoons and evenings for much of the month of December, caroling groups from around London sing classic holiday tunes beneath the decorated Norwegian spruce.

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  • Attend Christmas Mass at Westminster Abbey

    Each year in the days leading up to Christmas, thousands of worshipers head to Westminster Abbey to attend a special Christmas mass and listen to carols sung by a choir.

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  • Gaze at the Lights of Regent Street

    London is filled with twinkling lights come December, including the always dazzling display on Regent Street. While you're there, swing by Hamleys – one of the world's top toy stores – for even more holiday cheer.

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  • Walk in a Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

    Throughout December, Hyde Park transforms into Winter Wonderland, complete with an ice kingdom populated with fantastical frozen sculptures, a Ferris wheel, an ice bar, midway rides, a circus and visits with Santa in his magical Grotto.

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  • Shop at the Southbank Christmas Market

    Christmas markets are one of Europe's top holiday traditions, and one of London's best can be found along the riverbank at Southbank Centre. Wooden chalets lining the waterfront sell gifts, sweet treats, mulled wine, bratwurst and gingerbread – everything you need to get into the holiday spirit.

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  • Chat with Santa at Harrods

    No Christmas in London would be complete without a visit to Santa's Grotto, and one of the most iconic is in the great Harrods department store. Even if you can't make it to see Father Christmas, the store transforms into quite the holiday spectacle during the season, making it well worth a visit for picking up last-minute gifts or decorations.

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  • Watch a Pantomime at the Peacock Theatre

    In London, the holiday season means it's pantomime season as well, and one of the most festive favorites, The Snowman, is performed at The Peacock Theatre through early January. The stage show based on the book by Raymond Briggs tells the story of a boy and his magical snowman friend as they journey to the North Pole.

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  • Be Enchanted at Hogwarts in the Snow

    Anyone who has read or watched Harry Potter remembers the magical transformation Hogwarts goes through at Christmas time, and through January, fans can experience it for themselves with the Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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