November 23, 2023
As the festive season approaches, London transforms into a captivating wonderland, brimming with enchanting experiences and cherished traditions. From dazzling illuminations and fascinating theatrical performances to captivating markets and heart-warming family fun, Central London offers a treasure trove of Christmas delights. Embark on a magical journey through the heart of London, where the spirit of Christmas comes alive.
Kingdom of Winter at ExCeL London
Journey to the Kingdom of Winter at ExCeL London, an indoor winter wonderland filled with enchanting experiences and festive fun. Step into a captivating realm of Alpine-inspired chalets, thrilling rides, captivating shows, and delectable treats. Discover the magic of Christmas under one roof, where the spirit of the season comes alive.
Dates: December 8, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Location: ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL, UK
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Step into a winter wonderland of pure enchantment at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Immerse yourself in a world of exhilarating rides, captivating shows, and delectable treats. Glide across the ice rink, brave the thrilling rollercoasters, and witness mesmerizing performances that will leave you spellbound. Indulge in festive culinary delights, from warm mulled wine and gingerbread treats to gourmet burgers and bratwurst sausages. Whether you're seeking thrills, laughter, or a taste of Christmas magic, Winter Wonderland promises an unforgettable experience.
Dates: November 21, 2023 - January 2, 2024
Location: Hyde Park, Serpentine Rd, London W2 2UH, UK
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Embark on an enchanting journey through Kew Gardens, transformed into a mesmerizing spectacle of Christmas illuminations and captivating displays. Witness the iconic Temperate House adorned with millions of twinkling lights, creating a magical atmosphere. Stroll along pathways illuminated by festive lanterns and discover captivating sculptures and installations that will spark your imagination. Warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and indulge in delectable treats as you wander through this enchanting winter wonderland.
Dates: November 23, 2023 - January 8, 2024
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, UK
Hogwarts in the Snow
Step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive season. Explore the snow-covered sets of Hogwarts, discover recreated scenes from the beloved films, and encounter iconic characters. Experience the magic of Christmas at Hogwarts, from the Great Hall decked out in festive decorations to the Yule Ball adorned with twinkling lights.
Dates: November 18, 2023 - January 28, 2024
Location: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, UK
Festive Lights Bus Tour
Embark on a magical journey through London's illuminated streets aboard a comfortable sightseeing bus. Witness the city transformed into a dazzling spectacle of festive lights, with twinkling displays adorning iconic landmarks and historic streets. Capture the breath-taking views of Regent Street's shimmering lights, marvel at the enchanting illuminations of Oxford Street, and admire the festive glow of Trafalgar Square and the Strand.
Dates: November 25 - December 30, 2023
Departure Point: Victoria Coach Station, 161 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9TN, UK
Covent Garden Christmas Market
Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Covent Garden Christmas Market, a bustling hub of festive cheer. Explore the charming stalls adorned with handcrafted gifts, discover unique treasures from local artisans, and savour delectable treats from around the world. Enjoy live music performances, indulge in warm mulled wine, and soak in the enchanting ambiance of this beloved Christmas tradition.
Dates: November 10 - December 24, 2023
Location: Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF, UK
As the spirit of Christmas fills the air, London's theatres come alive with enchanting productions that will captivate your imagination and transport you to a world of wonder. From timeless classics to contemporary masterpieces, there's something for every taste and age.
The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet
Witness the timeless tale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker Prince in the English National Ballet's enchanting production of The Nutcracker. Immerse yourself in the magical world of Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and marvel at the exquisite choreography and captivating performances.
Dates: December 14 - 30, 2023
Location: Mulryan Centre for Dance, 41 Hopewell Square, Leamouth Peninsula, London E14 0SY, UK
The Smartest Giant in Town at the Young Vic Theatre
Discover the enchanting story of a giant with a heart of gold at the Young Vic Theatre. Embark on a heart-warming journey filled with friendship, laughter, and important lessons about acceptance and understanding.
Dates: November 15 - December 31, 2023
Location: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ, UK
ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre
Experience the whimsical charm of Buddy the Elf as he spreads Christmas cheer in this Broadway sensation. Join Buddy on his journey from the North Pole to New York City, where he discovers the true meaning of Christmas and brings joy to everyone he meets.
Dates: November 15, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Location: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Ct Rd, London W1T 7AQ, UK
No Christmas experience in London is complete without indulging in the city's culinary delights. From the traditional festive fare to innovative seasonal creations, London's restaurants and cafes offer a tantalizing array of treats to satisfy every craving.
Festive Afternoon Teas
Indulge in a delightful spread of festive treats, including savouries, sweets, and a pot of tea at renowned hotels and restaurants throughout Central London, including our very own The Wellington and Tower Suites. Savour delicate finger sandwiches, indulge in delectable pastries, and sip on a variety of teas, all served in a charming and festive setting.
Experience the warmth and comfort of Christmas with hearty pub fare and festive specials. Gather with friends and family in cosy pub settings, savour traditional roasts, indulge in pies and puddings, and enjoy a pint of mulled wine or a glass of cider to warm your spirits.
Discover unique dining experiences with pop-up restaurants offering seasonal menus and festive ambiance. Embark on culinary adventures at temporary locations, savour exciting culinary creations, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of these special events.
Vegan Culinary Delights: A Festive Feast for the Senses
For those seeking a plant-based culinary adventure, The Vegan Brasserie offers a delectable array of vegan Christmas dishes, showcasing the versatility and creativity of plant-based cuisine. Indulge in flavourful roasts, savour festive desserts, and experience the joy of a vegan Christmas feast.
Family Fun and Traditions
As the festive season approaches, London transforms into a captivating wonderland, filled with enchanting experiences and cherished traditions that are sure to create lasting memories for the whole family. From captivating rides and thrilling shows to enchanting markets and heart-warming traditions, London offers a treasure trove of family fun and festivities.
Embark on a magical journey to Santa's Grotto, where children of all ages can meet the jolly man himself and share their Christmas wishes. Discover enchanting grottos adorned with festive decorations, encounter friendly elves, and capture precious moments with Santa Claus.
These are just a few of the many Santa's Grottos in London. It is always best to check with the individual venue for their specific dates and times.
Santa's Grottos near Tower Suites hotel by Blue Orchid:
Santa's Grottos near Tower Residences by Blue Orchid:
Santa's Grottos near The Rochester by Blue Orchid:
Santa's Grottos near The Wellington Hotel by Blue Orchid:
Ice Skating at Somerset House
Glide across the enchanting ice rink at Somerset House, nestled within the historic courtyard of this iconic venue. Create unforgettable memories as you skate under the twinkling lights and soak in the festive atmosphere. Enjoy warm beverages and delectable treats at the surrounding stalls, adding to the magical ambiance.
Pantomime at The London Palladium
Immerse yourselves in the world of pantomime, a traditional British theatrical performance filled with slapstick comedy, catchy songs, and audience participation. Witness the timeless tales of beloved characters like Cinderella and Aladdin, brought to life with vibrant costumes, hilarious performances, and captivating choreography.
Christmas Carolling in Trafalgar Square
Join the joyous tradition of Christmas carol singing in Trafalgar Square, where the festive spirit comes alive. Gather with the family, raise your voices to the enchanting melodies of classic Christmas carols, and let the spirit of the season fill your hearts with warmth and cheer.
The Snowman and the Snowdog at the Peacock Theatre
Relive the heart-warming tale of The Snowman and the Snowdog in a captivating stage adaptation at the Peacock Theatre. Witness the magical story of friendship and adventure come to life through captivating puppetry, enchanting music, and magical storytelling.
Tower of London at Christmas
Step back in time to the medieval era and experience Christmas at the Tower of London, a historic landmark steeped in captivating tales and traditions. Discover the Tower's festive transformation, enjoy live music performances, and witness the re-enactment of the traditional Ceremony of the Keys.
As you embark on your family adventure through London's festive season, let the spirit of Christmas fill your hearts with joy and create memories that will last a lifetime. From enchanting encounters with Santa Claus to thrilling ice skating experiences and festive traditions, London offers a magical wonderland that will leave the whole family wanting more.
Where to Stay in Central London: Blue Orchid Hotels
Discover the epitome of comfort and luxury at Blue Orchid’s hotels, your ideal home away from home during this festive season. Each hotel exudes a unique charm and elegance, offering a haven of tranquillity amidst the vibrant festive city life.
Tower Suites - 5 Star Hotel in Central London
Nestled in the heart of London's financial district and a gem’s stone throw from London’s iconic landmarks, Tower Suites offers sophisticated suites each with a kitchen and living room with stunning views of the Tower of London. Enjoy impeccable service, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and unwind in the hotel's luxurious spa.
Tower Residences - Serviced Apartment in Central London
Immerse yourself in unparalleled elegance and personalised service at Tower Residences. Experience the pinnacle of luxury in spacious apartments, adorned with exquisite furnishings and contemporary designs.
The Rochester hotel - 4 Star Hotel in Central London
Step into a world of refined charm and understated luxury at The Rochester hotel, conveniently located near Victoria and not far from Oxford Street and Hyde Park. Discover the hotel's rich history, savour delectable culinary delights, and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the private balconies.
The Wellington Hotel - 4 Star Hotel near Voctoria Station London
Immerse yourself in the rich history and timeless elegance of The Wellington hotel, situated in the heart of Westminster. Experience the hotel's impeccable service, indulge in gourmet dining experiences, and discover the surrounding area's iconic landmarks and shopping experiences.
As the festive spirit fills the air, embark on an unforgettable Christmas journey in London. From enchanting experiences to culinary delights, create lasting memories amidst the vibrant festivities. Retreat to the tranquillity and luxury of Blue Orchid's hotels - your ideal-home-away-from-home during this festive season.