Carols at the Royal Albert Hall Credit Andy Paradise
Seasonal Planner – Winter Your quick guide to key events in London in Winter.
Hogwarts TM in the Snow
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Royal Albert Hall This famous concert hall is one of the UK’s most treasured & distinctive buildings which has seen countless performances over the years and winter is no exception. DECEMBER Early December: John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. With sing-along carols, rousing fanfares, Yuletide classics, the annual quiz and more, this firm festive favourite will fill you with sparkle and cheer. Later in December, just before Christmas, the Royal Albert Hall resounds with its annual 4 night series of pre-Christmas Carol concerts. JANUARY-MARCH Cirque du Soleil is an experience like no other with mind-blowing acts that dazzle. Every year is a different spectacle you don’t want to miss. NOVEMBER-DECEMBER Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace (29 Nov-1 Dec 2024) Get into the festive spirit with a visit to the atmospheric Festive Fayre, featuring artisan producers, seasonal shopping, Christmas gifts, street food, pop-up bars and live music. Eat, drink, shop and be merry at Hampton Court Palace! NOVEMBER-JANUARY Hogwarts TM in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London There can’t be many more exciting places to experience Christmas than in the wizarding world of Hogwarts! The Great Hall is transformed, Gryffindor common room is fabulously decorated, whilst the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley TM and of course Hogwarts TM Castle, will all be covered in a blanket of very lifelike snow. DECEMBER Palace of Light at Hampton Court Palace The regal grounds of Hampton Court Palace, the elegant former residence of Henry VIII, come alive during the festive season with a dazzling light trail winding through the historic courtyard and gardens. See the famous palace like never before at this after-hours event with breathtaking displays, elaborate installations and interactive elements. Soak up the atmosphere and tuck into some tasty food amongst the light shows, sure to leave you firmly in the festive mood. Christmas at Kew Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew, the popular after-dark Christmas event that offers a fantastic display of more than 60,000 lights set around the garden, some accompanied by festive music to get you in the spirit of Christmas. There is something for the whole family with fairground rides, cafés and shops, and make sure you check out the grand finale of a laser show illuminating the iconic Temperate House. Christmas at Windsor Castle Christmas is an especially magical time of year to visit Windsor Castle, when the State Apartments are adorned with glittering decorations, trees and lights to celebrate the festive season. The highlight is the magnificent 20-foot-high Nordmann fir Christmas tree on display decked from top to bottom with twinkling lights and festive decorations. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park. This family event features a range of festive activities including ice skating, spectacular shows, an ice bar, over 100 fairground rides and attractions, and not to forget the Christmas Market! Located in the heart of London, it is a great place to immerse yourself in all things festive. Christmas Lights & Shopping Brighten up those dark winter nights with a trip to the city to see the legendary Christmas lights and spectacular window displays as you search for the ideal gift for that someone special. Some of the top locations include the twinkling lights of Oxford Street and Regent Street, and the beautiful decorations in Covent Garden. For something a little quirkier check out Carnaby Street where you will find 14 streets filled with independent boutiques, perfect for Christmas shopping!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Credit @fanaticlive
Christmas at Kew Ines Stuart-Davidson © RBG Kew 2021
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