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3 ways to get Christmassy in London this Winter

| Holidays | 10/12/2012

3 ways to get Christmassy in London this Winter
By yisris from Japan (Greenwich Market) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Jon Duckett

Christmas is now in full swing in London with only 15 days to go until the big day. From the crowds of shoppers on Oxford Street to drunken office parties it’s pretty hard to get away from.

This time of year sees a lot of tourists filling up the hotels and hostels of the capital looking to soak up the festive spirit. If you want to join them and get in on the action please see below for our three top tips to get Christmassy this year:

1. Winter Wonderland – Hyde Park- 23rd Nov 2012 to 6th Jan 2013

Sprawling over a large section of Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland has been a popular festive destination for the last 5 years. There are things to suit most tastes and it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for something to do with younger children. The main draw is the Christmas markets, but you can also enjoy a fun fair, ice rink and countless places to eat and drink. A word of warning; it can get ridiculously busy on weekends!

Website: http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

2. Ice Skating- Somerset House – 16th Nov 2012 to 6th Jan 2013

If you’re looking for a more refined setting to enjoy some festive fun why not try a spot of ice skating at Somerset House? The courtyard of this historic building on the banks of the Thames provides an amazing setting.  As well as standard skating there are special events such as club nights and a skate school for children. There is also a Christmas shopping arcade and a café if you need to refuel after skating.  Prices start from £7.50 for 75 minute sessions.

Website: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink

3. Christmas Shopping – Greenwich Market – Tuesday through to Sunday 10AM-5.30PM

Greenwich Market in south-east London is a great place to pick up some unique gifts for Christmas. In a covered courtyard surrounded by numerous boutiques, cafes and pubs, a visit to the market makes for a pleasant shopping experience. The market is particularly good for clothes with lots of items you’re not going to find on the high street.

Website: http://www.shopgreenwich.co.uk/greenwich-market

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