London goes all-out for Christmas, and this year is no exception. The lights are brighter, the trees are taller, and the decorations are shinier than ever before. One of my favorite places to experience the season is right in the heart of the city. A Covent Garden Christmas is a Christmas like no other, and today I want to share some of my photos of this year’s decorations.
Covent Garden Christmas
Starting at the piazza, Covent Garden is bursting with seasonal cheer. The annual tree went up a few weeks ago, its branches towering over the street performers. It’s one of many Christmas trees in London, and it’s one of my favorites for its size and simplicity.
The fun continues inside the piazza. Every year Covent Garden’s Christmas extravaganza includes big silver baubles and clusters of mistletoe suspended from the ceiling. It adds a festive feeling to the shops and restaurants inside, and brightens up the atmosphere after dark (and dark comes earlier and earlier these days).
As if that’s not enough, Covent Garden Christmas continues with candy canes and chairs set up on one side of the piazza. Visitors and locals can pose for photos or just capture the wintry scene.
And not far away, shops and restaurants around the area have come up with their own decorations. One restaurant on the south side has put up a Christmas tree made entirely of ornaments, bows, pine cones, and tinsel. The shiny baubles bring life to the facade, and I can’t help stopping to photograph it every time I walk by.
Elsewhere around the piazza, the annual Santa’s sleigh has popped up. But the real treat this year is the green Christmas car, its roof stacked high with presents. It’s been one of the most Instagrammed objects in London this season, and for good reason. It’s a delight to see, and brings Covent Garden Christmas to life.
Away from the piazza, shops and restaurants are decking their interiors with seasonal bunting and all kinds of gifts. And that’s to say nothing of the lights and golden holly on Slingsby Place, which are some of my favorite decorations in the UK capital.
And there’s more to come. I can’t wait to keep going back to the area as Christmas gets nearer. Every year I get a pleasant surprise as I walk through the piazza, whether it’s from live carol singers or entertaining street performers. I know this year will be no exception, so I look forward to as many Covent Garden Christmas miracles as I can come across. I hope you experience some, too.
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