Christmas time is undoubtedly the busiest time for year for anyone, from parties and events to shopping and seeing all your friends and family, it’s a hectic time of year. But, when you have kids, you know it can be even more stressful.
While you’ll still need to do everything else, you need to make sure you make the Christmas period magical for the little ones. One way to do this is to arrange a weekend away to the capital.
You may think this sounds like madness, but with so much winter fun to be had, you and the kids will love winter in London this year.
Plan the trip
Firstly, make sure you plan it all right. Don’t drive, it’ll be a nightmare to get in and out, and cause stress before the fun starts. Instead opt for a train or even a domestic flight, while your accommodation could be anything from budget hotels to Mayfair serviced apartments or something similar if you’re looking for luxury.
But, what to do when you’re there? If you’re going to arrange everything around this, below are five ideas of what to do when you’re there.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The capital’s biggest festival returns November 21st, this is a must-see. From skating and Christmas market browsing to actual circus performances and the odd mulled beverage for the parents, this is a magical and marvellous place to visit. It does fill up quick though, so be sure to book tickets in advance.
Beasts of London
Explore London’s immersive history through the animals that played a role in shaping the city. The Museum of London always has a wealth of options but one of the most fascinating and engaging is this tour – from the Roman era through Medieval London culminating in our present-day – narrated by the several animals that have been a part of the capital’s history. Get ready for theatrical sets, audio-visual presentations and listen out for the many famous voices of these creatures.
This is one for the whole family to experience, lasts around 1h and is already open to the public, lasting till January 2020.
If ice skating was on your hit list, but Winter Wonderland sounds too hectic, there are plenty of other places to enjoy the ice. From Eyeskate at the London Eye to the rinks at Canary Wharf, Somerset House and Broadgate, there are plenty of places to choose from. You’ll even find ice skating at two historic royal places this year.
The Christmas tree
Of course, no trip to London at this time of year would be complete without a trip to see the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square. Standing at 20 metres tall, these trees have been wowing crowds since 1947 and offers the perfect photo opportunity for the family.
No trip is finished without visiting a Christmas market. Again, if Winter Wonderland sounds too much, there are two more you can choose from. These include the one at London Bridge and the Tate Modern, which are both perfect for Christmas in London with the kids.
So, what are you waiting for? Get planning and enjoy the best Christmas with the family this year.