The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming… yip, it’s getting to that time of year again. If you want to get ahead and start planning some festive fun for kids in London, here’s a few ideas to get your Christmas started in true London style.
The Harrods Grotto experience
There’s nothing kids love more than a trip to see Santa at Christmas. If you want to really treat your family this year, you’ll want to take them to the Harrods Christmas Grotto 2013, which runs from Saturday 2nd November until Tuesday 24th December.
It’s worth noting you’ll need to be a Harrods Rewards Card Member to be able to book tickets for the Grotto. But don’t worry, the Rewards Card is free and it’s easy to set up if you don’t already have one.
The children get to meet Father Christmas and they also receive a memento to take home with them. You also have the option to buy a photo of your children in the Grotto. The Grotto is of course at the famous Knightsbridge store, where there’s a special Christmas Parade that runs annually that’s led by Father Christmas.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Without a doubt the biggest Christmas event taking place in London is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. There really is so much to see and do there from Christmas markets to ice skating and a circus.
Pantomimes and shows in London this Christmas
London plays host to an array of festive pantomimes and Christmas shows each year. In 2013 this list includes everything from the classic The Snowman to a feisty Puss in Boots at the Hackney Empire. Here’s a little selection to get your thinking about the perfect show to take your family to:
- The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
- Jack and the Beanstalk at The Lyric Hammersmith
- Puss in Boots at Hackney Empire
- Cinderella at The Shaw Theatre Euston
- Wind in the Willows at The Duchess Theatre Covent Garden
Your kids will love seeing any of these pantomimes and you can even pay with your trusty American Express. It’s worth noting that all Christmas events in London will get booked up quite early. This means you should decide what you want to do as early as possible.
Christmas Markets in London
There are also excellent Christmas markets to be enjoyed. You can find a list of all the best Christmas Markets in London on LondonTown.com
The world famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square
And lastly, the thing you will want to see while you’re in the Capital is the huge Norwegian pine tree in Trafalgar Square. Shipped all the way from Norway each year, this tree is decorated beautifully and is a really spectacular centrepiece. The tree lighting ceremony takes place on Thursday 5th December.
All in all, London is a great place to take the kids during the festive Christmas season. There’s plenty to keep them occupied and it’s got to be the best city for celebrating Christmas in style.