Christmas in London
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Tickets to London
When booking flight tickets to go to a popular destination like London, especially for the holidays, it’s best to book as much in advance as possible. The best tip we can give you is to set up alerts. Google Flights, as well as many travel agencies and ticket platforms like Skyscanner and Kayak, provide Price Alerts. These alerts allow you to put in which flights you are interested in - including dates and airports - and email you when the prices drop or increase. This way, you can track the prices over the course of a couple weeks until you feel comfortable that the price you go for is a good deal.
Also, we know that Christmas day is very important in itself, but remember that flight tickets are much cheaper on weekdays and on days like the 25th of December, since most people would want to spend that day at home rather than on a plane. If you’re there for the Christmas vibe, but don’t mind spending a few hours of Christmas day on a plane, this could be an option to consider!
And remember, if your flight requires a connection, be sure to get both flights under the same reservation - this way you guarantee yourself the right to compensation in case your flight gets delayed or cancelled!
What to Wear in London - Christmas edition
As you embark on your Christmas adventure in London, you’ll need strategic wardrobe choices. Especially if you don’t want to check a bag. In that case, make sure you check out our blog editions on the best carry on choices and how to pack your baggage perfectly. Given the city's unpredictable winter weather, layering is your best friend. Start with thermal tops and leggings for a cosy base, adding a fashionable sweater to really feel that Christmas charm. Choose a versatile coat, such as a classic trench or a chic wool number in festive colours like deep red or forest green, to keep you warm while making a fashion statement.
Footwear is crucial for exploring London's cobbled streets, so opt for comfy boots that blend comfort with flair. Accessories play a pivotal role in completing your festive ensemble, with a cozy scarf, touchscreen-friendly gloves, and a stylish hat adding both flair and practicality. For those venturing outdoors to experience the magic of Winter Wonderland, bring along a waterproof jacket and sturdy shoes to ensure you're well-prepared for any weather surprises. With your wardrobe ready to embrace the spirit of the season, you're set to enjoy Christmas in London to the fullest. Pack your bags, wrap up warm, and get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting holiday spirit of this iconic city.
What to do in London - Christmas activities and Winter Wonderland
Of course, the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a must do while in London during December. Held in a Royal Park in central London, the Winter Wonderland is an all-time favourite! As the name suggests, the activities in this Christmas market will have you believing you are in a magic realm away from the metropolitan London energy. Ranging from winter-themed roller coaster rides, to fondue chalets, ice sculpting workshops, ice bars, Christmas singalongs and more, the activities at the London Winter Wonderland put the usual ice skating rinks to shame. Do keep in mind that the tickets for these activities sell separately, usually starting at £7.50, so make sure to get yours before they sell out!
Moreover, Christmas in London is iconic, but not as iconic as the London hop-on-hop-off bus tour! What better way to spend a day in London than on the classic red bus sightseeing? This way, you get a better understanding of the layout of a city as busy as London and you have the freedom to focus on the touristic point of most interest to you. Plus, we all know London is not the most budget-friendly of holiday destinations, so this is a good way to knock out a large part of the tourism all in one day! And, romantic as it may be, with the hop-on-hop-off bus tours you avoid some of the cold winter walks, which can tire you out really quickly while on holiday.
Beyond the iconic hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the must-visit Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, immerse yourself in more Christmas magic. Explore the dazzling Christmas lights on Oxford
Street, indulge in a shopping spree at Covent Garden's festive markets, and don't miss the enchanting Christmas at Kew Gardens light trail. For a touch of tradition, catch a classic Christmas pantomime or attend a carol concert at St. Paul's Cathedral.
We hope these tips have set you on the right path to embrace the festive spirit at every turn as London transforms into a magical land of holiday cheer!