This weekend is the first weekend I’ve felt genuinely cold in London for a while. I make no secret of the fact that Winter is not my favourite season, in fact other than Christmas I dread it. I am desperate for the lighter nights, pretty flowers and if we are really lucky, even some sun! Thankfully London makes the most out of it’s colder season by providing a ton of fun events to get us through the season. Here’s a handful events that I’m looking to in the upcoming months:
Lumiere Light Festival first came to London in January 2016 when I first moved here and it was quite spectacular. Well after a off they are back and are promising to be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before! Taking over huge and iconic areas of London, these lights are not your usual display, they are works of art. There are several walks you can take throughout the city to see as many as you can. I adored it last time so I can’t wait for it to come back, it’s a great way to lull yourself back into the world after Christmas. Take a look at some of the exhibitions from 2016 in my post here.
When: 18-21 January 2018
Find out more: https://www.visitlondon.com/lumiere
Christmas at Kew
I visited this event in 2014 without andy real expectations and was actually completely blown away the displays (check out that post here). Every year Kew’s famous gardens are transformed with amazing light and music displays which are probably the best of it’s kind to be seen in the UK. It’s great for people of all ages and genuinely feels magical! The route takes you through the gardens and various buildings and include over a million lights! You can also toast marshmallows and drink mulled wine on your way round so it is perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit!
When: 22nd of November-1st of January
Cost: Adult tickets start at £16 for off peak dates and if booking in advance.
FInd out more: https://www.kew.org/kew-Gardens/whats-on/Christmas-at-Kew
Pop Up Screens Winter Season
Pop up cinemas are already pretty popular in the summer months, but did you know they have them in the winter too? Don’t worry there’s no sitting in deck chairs outside for this one, just nice, cosy, christmassy films in an immersive setting. Entering the venue via a snow filled forest is sure to add some magic to your film experience, right? There are loads of Christmas classics to choose from this year, from my personal all-time-favorite Christmas film Muppet Christmas Carol, to more traditional films like White Christmas, which I’ve already got my ticket booked for (kindly supplied to me by Pop Up Screens) and loads more.
When: 8th-24th of December
Find out more: https://www.popupscreens.co.uk/
Greenwich Winter Time Festival
I visited Greenwich for the first time recently and just know I had to come back ASAP. The whole area is stunning and has an amazing array of museums, buildings, restaurants and bars that I can only imagine being even more beautiful in Winter. I imagine this is why the stunning Old Royal Naval College was chosen to host a Winter Festival for the first time this year. There’s going to be an Ice Rink, Skating Performers, live music and theatre, street performers, a silent disco, Christmas market and craft and food stalls. It sounds like it might be a nice, alternative to the crowd-ladened Winter Wonderland.
When: 1-31st of December
Cost: £15, Ice skating and visiting Santa is at extra cost.
Find out More: https://www.greenwichwintertime.com/
Winter Wonderland often gets a bad rep from those of us who live in the city, and it is somewhat deserved. It’s huge, incredibly busy, very expensive and full of tourists. Does that stop me going though? Nope! I go every year and have done for years, even before I moved to London. I used to go with Harry for a romantic (yet packed) stroll around the stalls but these days we usually go and meet up with some of his family for a few beers in one of German beer halls. Sure it’s not without it’s flaws but the atmosphere is really buzzing and it will totally put you in the Christmas spirit!
When: 17th of November-1st of January
Cost: Free to enter, Ice rink, Ice Palace, Circus and other such attractions at cost.
Find out more: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/
This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the things to do in London this winter, there are so many Christmas Markets, festivals, special exhibitions and shows around it’s hard to get board. What are you looking forward to this winter?