One of my favourite things to do is wandering around and exploring new places. Or new corners of places I have seen a hundred times. And is there a better time for exploration than Christmas season? I don’t think so. I had already seen London in December a few years ago and even back then I was impressed how christmassy the city was – I remember going to Winter Wonderland and doing Christmas shopping at Oxford Circus (or more accurate: trying to beat the crows at Oxford Circus). This year marks my first proper Christmas season in London and I have to say, I have not been disappointed. I love all the lights, the Christmas trees, the music and the Christmas markets. I have been to a few so far and the only one that is still on my list is Winter Wonderland. Although I have heard that it is rather a fun fair than an actual Christmas market but well, you can’t do Christmas in London without going there, can you? One of my favourite Christmas markets in London is the one at Southbank – I love how they created a little Christmas village and I can assure you, the food is amazing – get the falafel and chips box, trust me on this. You can also sit around the fire drinking mulled wine which is definitely a plus. And once you’ve seen it all, you can walk towards London Bridge, pass by the Christmas market in front of Tate Modern and walk to Christmas by the River. I feel like this is turning into a London Christmas Guide and maybe I’ll do a proper one next year, but let me just tell you this: you don’t want to miss out on this one, it is very cute and I know it’s hard to picture without seeing any photos, but just imagine little Christmas stalls along the river and food from all over the world.
Another place I went to was Somerset House – I haven’t been iceskating yet (but it’s on my to-do-list!) but the location is worth visiting anyway, Somerset House just looks incredible during Christmas season. We also visited Selfridges and I took the obligatory picture of the Christmas lights on Oxford Street – very pretty, I dare say. I know that Oxford Street gets very busy during Christmas season but the pretty lights are worth the collateral damage. One of my favourite places to go to is definitely Covent Garden – not just in December but particularly in December. The Christmas decoration is amazing, I love their Christmas tree and I also love doing Christmas shopping in this area – it is definitely less crowded than Oxford Street (although maybe not on a Saturday) and there are many independent little shops selling antique books or other gifts. I did a huge part of my Christmas shopping there today and it feels crazy to say that I’ve nearly got all my presents together – last year I was still out looking for gifts the day before Christmas. Anyway, I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas season so far!
What is your favourite thing to do in your city/town during Christmas season? xx