Things to do - December 2022
🎶 It's the most wonderful time of the year 🎶
December is commonly about Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, and getting ready for the big day. But have you had any time to enjoy the month so far? Or are you making up for lost time after lockdown last year?
Remember to take some time for yourself to enjoy the festive season. Below is a list of things you can do to have fun in London and be present in the moment.
Most activities require pre-booking so plan ahead, or let Lady PA help you by booking events, activities and restaurants; get in touch.
Places to Visit
Until 2 January 2023: Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Yes it's back! The glow of this spectacle can be seen halfway across London. Explore the secret passageways of the Magical Ice Kingdom, experience the Real Ice Slide, and ride the Giant Wheel. It really is a place packed full of everything you may need for Christmas. Book a ticket which costs between £5 - £7.50 https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/
Until 8 January 2023: Christmas at Kew Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Be dazzled by the extensive Magic Light Trail at Kew Gardens; from sparkling tunnels of light to dancing lakeside reflections. Treat yourself to warming street food from independent retailers or a hot chocolate to warm you on the cold nights. What better way to get into the festive spirit! https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas
Until 15 January: Hogwarts in the Snow Warner Bros Studios, Watford
Big fan of Harry Potter? Take a Studio Tour around the Making of Harry Potter, with the added bonus of seeing the incredible sets dressed in blankets of film-making snow. https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/whats-on/hogwarts-in-the-snow/
Things to Do
There are many pop up ice rinks to visit across London at this time of year; Somerset House, Alexandra Palace, and Canary Wharf all rate very highly. A new Ice Skating Rink has taken place this year at Battersea Power Station too.
However, if you're wanting to make more of a day of it, then why not head to Hampton Court Palace to also explore the home of Henry V111, or Westfield to finalise that Christmas shopping...
Seeing the eyes of children light up when they get the chance to meet Santa - who can resist that!? You can bump into him in every corner of London, but for the extra adrenaline shot for your kids, why not take them to Hamleys... just don't expect to come away empty-handed!
There's also a Santa's Grotto at London Zoo where children can join in with festive crafts - like making cookies with Mrs Claus - before meeting the big man himself.
Things to Watch
20 November-18 December: FIFA World Cup Qatar, broadcasted on ITV and BBC
Whether you're into football or not, it's almost impossible to escape the buzz of the World Cup. England are through to the Quarter Finals against France on Saturday 10th December, 7pm... can Southgate take his team to the final?
FINAL: Sunday 18th December, 3pm - broadcasted on both ITV and the BBC.
10 December-15 January: Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime The Dominion Theatre, London
FEE FI FO FUM... He's behind you! Why not take the whole family to enjoy one of the many pantomimes this year. And not just in London; what's showing near you?