With so much to do and see in London this Christmas period, what’s worth getting wrapped up for and heading out, or better off staying home and getting cosy? Here’s our Top 6 events!
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – Until 29th Jan 2017
Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast including flaming Christmas puddings is laid out on the long tables.
Special-effect fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor common room is filled with Christmas treats and the detailed castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow.
Christmas gifts, including Harry’s Invisibility Cloak and Molly Weasley’s hand-knitted jumpers, are also put out on display.
CHRISTMAS AT KEW
Somerset House, 23rd Nov – 2nd Jan 2017
Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Hear the choir of Christmas trees sing before going through the carpet of swaying lights and scented garden of blazing fires. Admire the giant crystals, colour-changing reed and crystal flowers art installations that glow into the night.
Pass through the sparkling tunnel of dancing lights and sing along to classic Christmas tunes with the karaoke jukebox.
LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW
ExCel, 23rd – 26th February 2017
Relive the golden years of car motoring with The London Classic Car Show 2017 at ExCeL London, and enjoy complimentary access to a new co-located show, Historic Motorsport International.
Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers, browse their stands for car products and memorabilia, as well as displays of the most prestigious vintage cars. This year, celebrate 70 years of Ferrari race cars with a spectacular exhibition from the legendary car manufacturer.
WINTER FESTIVAL AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Southbank Centre – Until 25th Jan 2017
See Southbank Centre transformed into a wintry Nordic landscape this festive season, complete with a giant Norwegian tree, Scandinavian decorations, a bustling market, twinkling lights and a host of seasonal events.
The annual festival offers a packed programme of free and ticketed events for all ages – from world-class theatrical performances and festive concerts, to social dances and community choirs.
There is also plenty of Christmas shopping and seasonal food and drinks to be enjoyed, as well as family activities to keep the children entertained.
NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE
Streets of Central London – 1st Jan 2017
Watch the spectacular New Year’s Day Parade along the streets of Central London this New Year’s Day.
Every year, dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and more assemble in the heart of the capital for a colourful celebration of contemporary performances and traditional pomp and ceremony.
Parade route: which runs from Green Park Tube station at 12pm, to Parliament Square at around 3.30pm, via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
29th Jan 2017
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).
The Chinese New Year festivities in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End.
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