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.

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.

Christmas Lights in Covent Garden

Last weekend the Christmas lights on Oxford Street were switched on, and this week the ones on Carnaby Street and Bond Street lit up.

Christmas Lights on Carnaby Street, London

Covent Garden’s mistletoe lights are hanging in the piazza, and nearby Slingsby Place is festooned with golden holly.

Christmas in Covent Garden

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.

Christmas Lights on Oxford Street, London

From Marylebone to Hampstead, London’s Christmas lights will bring the capital much-needed brightness as the days get shorter.

Carousel at the Natural History Museum in London

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.

Southbank Centre Winter Market in London

On Friday the annual extravaganza that is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park will open its doors with Christmas markets and carnival fun.

Winter Wonderland in London

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.

Ice Skating Rink at the Natural History Museum in London

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.

Christmas Tree at the Natural History Museum in London

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.

Christmas Tree, Covent Garden, London

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.

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Shop in London

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?

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23 comments on “Lady’s 5 Reasons to Love Christmas in London”

  1. This post gives me serious wanderlust!
    I have been to London once, in autumn, and it was incredible.
    It is such a beautiful city and I imagine it being ever more beautiful in Christmas time.
    I wish I had the money and time to go there right now!
    Thanks for this lovely post!
    Kisses, Laura

  2. I’ve been to London during the holiday season twice now and you are so right. There is just something about the city that brings out the holiday spirit in me. Since I live in the desert, maybe it’s the chill in the air but, I suspect it has more to do with the beautifully sparkling lights everywhere in the city.

  3. I’m arriving in London on Dec 27,2016. How long do holiday decorations remain out? Will I be able to see any of it during the week leading up to New Years?

  4. London is becoming my favorite Christmastime destination. London has a reputation for being uber expensive, but with all the mad sales, I still consider it the best gift shopping destination – even post ruble-devaluation! I now know to come with a half-empty suitcase 🙂
    And the lights are THE BEST

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