With plenty of spare time over the Christmas holidays, you may be stuck for things to do to occupy yourselves (besides lots of studying, of course!). Fear not, we are here to save you from boredom and have come up with a list of festive activities to get you into the Christmas spirit!
1) Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Featuring a huge fun fair, games, Christmas market stalls and seasonal food and drink, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is one of London’s most popular festive attractions. Grab a mulled wine in one of the bars and stroll around the different stalls. There is also an Ice Rink and a Magical Ice Kingdom for those brave enough to face the cold.
Dates: 18th November 2016 – 2nd January 2017
Tickets: Free, but make sure you have cash for all the bars, gift stalls and attractions!
Nearest stations: Bond Street, Green Park and Knightsbridge
More information: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/#lQjGz6BmhjYFfSxG.97
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Visit the famous department store and see the weird and wonderful decorations and gifts that they have on offer. Discover the magical world of make believe in Santa’s grotto and make sure you check out the fascinating shop window displays.
Nearest station: Knightsbridge
More information: http://www.harrods.com/content/misc/boutiques/the-harrods-christmas-grotto-2016
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3) BUMP Rollerdisco at the Southbank Centre
Try an alternative winter activity with this festive Rollerdisco. Open every day of the week and featuring DJs at the weekend, this is fun for all ages.
Dates: 11th November 2016 – 22nd January 2017
Tickets: £8 - £15
Nearest station: Waterloo
More information: https://www.bumpclub.co.uk/
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4) A Very Victorian Christmas at Kensington Palace
Be transported back to the Victorian ages in the palace where Queen Victoria grew up. Visitors will experience the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional British Christmas, brought to life through music, food and drink, talks and dancing.
Dates: Selected dates from December 2nd 2016
Nearest station: High Street Kensington
More Information: http://www.hrp.org.uk/news-and-media/press-resources/kensington-palace-press-releases-and-archives/a-very-victorian-christmas-at-kensington-palace/#gs.VVfg_yo
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5) Dick Whittington at The New Wimbledon Theatre
Watch this side-splittingly funny festive pantomime at our local theatre. The story follows Dick and his feline friend Tommy as they search for fame and fortune, meeting hilarious characters along the way.
Dates: 9th December – 31st December 2016
Tickets: £12 - 46
Nearest station: Wimbledon!
More information: http://www.lovewimbledon.org/events/nwtpanto/
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6) Kingston Christmas Market
With over 100 traditional wooden chalets, Kingston Market offers the best of festive drinks, hand-made gifts and German-style food. Why not do a bit of Christmas shopping in the Bentall Centre and the surrounding shops whilst you’re there!
Dates: 19th November – 31st December 2016
Nearest station: Kingston
More information: http://www.visitkingston.co.uk/events/kingston-christmas-market
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7) Ice Skating at Somerset House
Get your skates on at this beautiful historical Tudor House, the picture perfect location for this ice rink. With skating club nights in the evening, there is a choice of events to suit everyone.
Dates: 17th November 2016 – 2nd January 2017
Tickets: £7.50 - £8.50
Nearest station: Temple
More information: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/skate-somerset-house
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8) Big Top Christmas Bazaar
This is an indoor Christmas market with plenty of stalls offering food, drink, gifts and much more. There are also performances from musicians and storytellers, so this is sure to be an exciting alternative to your traditional Christmas market. But hurry, it ends this weekend!
Dates: 26th November – 18th December 2016
Nearest station: Waterloo
More information: http://www.londontown.com/LondonEvents/Marbles-and-Ware-Big-Top-Christmas-Bazaar/3e455/imagesPage/137214
This unique bar is completely made from ice, so will be sure to chill you out! On arrival you will be given a warm coat to prepare you for the -5° temperatures, before being able to explore this ice cave, featuring a real ice bar and plenty of ice sculptures. And why not go for a skate on the ice rink whilst you are there!?
Dates: 16th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017
Nearest Station: Tower Hill
More information: http://www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk/entertain/eis-haus/
10) Hogwarts in the Snow
This Christmas take a trip around the Warner Bros Studios where you’ll find glittering Christmas trees lining the Great Hall, Christmas dinner laid out on the banquet tables and the model of Hogwarts covered in a blanket of beautiful white snow. You will get up close and personal to costumes, sets, props and much more during this festive tour of the studios.
Dates: 19th November 2016 – 29th January 2017
Nearest station: Watford Junction (from here you can get the shuttle bus directly to the studios)
More information: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/the-tour-experience/whats-on
Always remember to wrap up warm if you are going to any outdoor events, and please always make sure that wherever you go you take care of your personal belongings. We hope you have a lovely Christmas wherever you may be and we are looking forward to welcoming new and old faces back to WSE in 2017!
Thank you to Kate on Reception for writing this very informative, detailed and fun Christmas guide! <3