December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do as Londoners celebrate Christmas and New Year. London’s shopping streets sparkle with Christmas lights in December, and shops are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping. A focal point of the holiday season in London is Trafalgar Square, which resounds with carol singing around the capital’s biggest Christmas tree, and lights up with a giant Menorah for Chanukah.
Here at The Washington Mayfair we will be bringing you the top things to do in London during December, allowing you to make the most of your visit.
CHRISTMAS AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY – from 3rd to 25th December 2017
Join a Christmas service or concert at the historic abbey in London. Celebrate the run-up to Christmas in the historic surroundings of the 700-year old abbey. Highlights of the season include candlelit carols with the Choir of Westminster Abbey (3 December), a Christmas concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (17 December), carols on Christmas Eve (24 December), and the Sung Eucharist service on Christmas Day (25 December). Plus, sing along to traditional carols at the annual Christmas concert supported by John Lewis on 14 December. Most Christmas services are free and do not require a ticket. Some popular events require pre-booking and a paid-for ticket. Visit the official website for further information.
ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – from 14th December to 29th April 2017
For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.
CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE – until 7th January 2017
See one of London’s most famous squares transformed for the festive during Christmas in Leicester Square. Browse more than 25 stalls for handcrafted gifts, festive decorations and more at the traditional Christmas market, plus treat yourself to some warming winter fare. Families with young children can also enjoy exploring Santa’s grotto and meet the man himself in the square’s enchanting festive atmosphere. Visit the official website for further information.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK – until 7 January
Skate in a magical winter haven in the heart of the city at the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink. The spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering 30ft (9m) Christmas tree. Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. Remember, you may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven’t booked your session in advance, especially during peak times. Visit the museum’s Cafe’ Bar for winter warmers, and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. Non-skaters are welcome. Visit the official website for more information.
WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK – from 17 November to 1 January 2018
Only a 15 minutes’ walk from The Washington Hotel, is the extravagant Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. New attractions for 2017 include the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure brimming with ice and snow sculptures, an alpine-style village with karaoke huts for festive sing-a-longs and Cinderella on Ice. Visit the official website and book your favourite attractions.
Make The Washington Mayfair Hotel your base, taking advantage of our wonderful seasonal packages:
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