Bonfire night has fled us, and Halloween seems to be a forgotten memory by this point, so look ahead to the future: It’s time for Christmas, and even better, a travelling Christmas! Christmas in London is always guaranteed to be a big affair every year, so if you’re looking to switch it up a little for this wintery season this year, maybe it’s time to try a trip away to see the sights of that famous skyline. Here’s a few ideas on how to make this Christmas a family friendly and favourite affair when you’re in the capital.
Get Waited On!
Usually during Christmas time, as the mommy of a family, you’re going to be the one in charge of preparations and getting everything ready for the big day. However, book a hotel and the room service does that for you whilst you traipse around the big city. Of course people aren’t going to be working on Christmas day, and you’re most likely going to want to be at home for it as well! However, in the weeks running up to it, you’ve got plenty of options!
Staying at home for Christmas is always a good solution to any of those holiday blues, and carefree twenty somethings taking some time away for the festivities don’t seem to understand this (despite home never being beaten when the rains and snow hit). Yet, you can also find cheap hotels in shepherds bush and other districts in the outer parts of London for all the family, despite the usual exclusivity in terms of price. This is one of the best times of year for companies to try and rake it in. There’s a lot around to do, so let’s take a look at a few things!
Try a Christmas Market
Not only is there Winter Wonderland to frequent at your leisure, (with magical ice skating rinks, and one just outside the National History Museum to boot!) but there’s also plenty of different markets to try out, with your kids being just as entertained as you are. Grab a hot drink, maybe a sugared pastry, and walk as slow as you want around the otherwise busybody of the London landscape.
Make some good sales on items you’re unlikely to find in the shops, as there’s quite a few foreign vendors on show at each one. You’re also more likely to come across Father Christmas here than you would in Lapland, or any other of the polar environments. That’s always a real treat, even when you’re a fully grown (and jaded) adult! Check the facebook pages, as all the info is far more accessible nowadays, and book yourself some tickets if need be.
Just watching the Christmas lights being turned on with the whole family is a great moment, so try and celebrate a magical moment together with the same ideas in mind. It’s surprising how much love can come out of flipping a switch!
* This is a collaborative post.
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