Christmas is coming! Signs of the season are popping up all over London. From wreaths to trees, lights to skating rinks, the city’s on the path to its annual Christmas extravaganza. And because London does so much for it, today I bring you A Lady in London’s 5 reasons to love Christmas in London.
London Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are some the best things about this time of year. The city comes alive every winter with the glow of angels, baubles, and other seasonal specialties.
Last weekend the Christmas lights on Oxford Street were switched on, and this week the ones on Carnaby Street and Bond Street lit up.
Covent Garden’s mistletoe lights are hanging in the piazza, and nearby Slingsby Place is festooned with golden holly.
Over the next few weeks, other streets across the city will host events to celebrate the switching on of their seasonal lights. Regent Street’s angels will illuminate the sky this coming Thursday, and I can’t wait to see them shining.
From Marylebone to Hampstead, London’s Christmas lights will bring the capital much-needed brightness as the days get shorter.
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas markets are another highlight. Yesterday the Southbank Centre Winter Market started, and the new Christmas in Leicester Square launched with markets and a Santa’s grotto.
On Friday the annual extravaganza that is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park will open its doors with Christmas markets and carnival fun.
London Ice Skating Rinks
Ice skating rinks are some of my favorite things about Christmas in London. Every year the rinks at Somerset House and the Natural History Museum add a touch of magic to the city. They’re my favorite places to skate under the winter sky.
London Christmas Trees
London’s Christmas trees are also highlights of the season. A few days ago I came across the ones in Covent Garden and the Natural History Museum, and on Thursday I stumbled upon the one in St James’s.
Over the next few weeks more trees will fill London’s streets, squares, and hotels with seasonal cheer. I can’t wait to see the one in Trafalgar Square, which is lovely every year.
Shopping for Christmas in London
London has no shortage of places to go Christmas shopping, and I like to let myself be lured into Fortnum & Mason and the food halls at Harrods. The ambiance puts me in a Christmas mood, and I always find great gifts for friends and loved ones.
Above all, I love this time of year for the spirit that fills the air. From the sound of carol concerts to the scent of mulled wine, this is a time when London shines.
Have you been in London at Christmastime? What are the highlights of Christmas in London for you?