Tuesday 15th Nov – Covent Garden Christmas Light Switch On
Head to Covent Garden on Tuesday evening to watch the main piazza come alive with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, as well as free live performances from The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet.
Decorations this year include an enormous tree, large silver reindeer, garlands of mistletoe, thousands of twinkling lights and a Lego Santa express train.
Update: Here are a few pictures I took of the lights…
Thursday 17th – Saturday 20th Nov – Taste of London: Festive Edition
A 4 day festival of eating, drinking and festive entertainment at Tobacco Dock (close to the Tower of London). With dishes from some of London’s best restaurants, appearances from world-class chefs, interactive demonstrations, a Christmas gift market, plenty of bars and live music. Tickets start at just £15. A great was to start any foodies Christmas season in London.
Thursday 17th Nov – Regent Street Christmas Light Switch On
Starting at 6pm on Thursday 17th, Regent Street’s highly anticipated Christmas event will see this years light installation ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ switched on.
Regent Street’s star studded event starts with a live appearance from Heart Breakfast presenters Jack Theakston and Emma Bunton, followed by live performances from Tom Odell and Rebecca Ferguson, and finally Holly Willoughby who will press the button and turn on the lights.
Friday 18th Nov – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens!
It’s ones of the best days of the festive season in my opinion as Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park opens its doors for another year!
Winter markets, mulled wine, fairground rides, ice-skating, Santa’s grotto, the magical ice kingdom and plenty of Chriatmassy entertainment. A visit to Winter Wonderland is the perfect way to embrace the Christmas spirit!
(Tip: Head here on a weekday to avoid the crowds.)
Saturday 20th Nov – Hamleys Christmas Parade on Regent Street
This Saturday Hamleys brings the Worlds Largest Toy Parade to Regent Street, with floats, music, dancing, hundreds of old and new toy characters and even a visit from Santa himself. A great idea for a fun family day out.