What to do in London
Christmas at ZSL London Zoo (22nd November 2018 - 1st January 2019)
Enjoy a magical family experience that sees the zoo transformed into a fairyland of twinkling decorations, including illuminated animal sculptures and glittering light tunnels.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Father Christmas and his elves as you stroll along.
In fact, this winter season there is no need to travel all the way to Lapland to see Santa and his little helpers in action, because on special days between now and Christmas Eve they will be at ZSL London Zoo!
Advance booking to meet Santa in Elfville is advisable.
For more info and to buy tickets, please click here.
Nearest underground stations: Camden Town (15 minute walk) and Regents Park (20 minute walk).
Winter Wonderland (22nd November 2018 - 6th January 2019, except Christmas Day)
Winter Wonderland is back for the twelfth year in 2018.
Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land (including Santa's grotto) or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season.
This year's attractions include 'Zippos Christmas Circus' and 'Cirque Berserk', Winter Wonderland's ice rink, a comedy club, a giant observation wheel, Peter Pan on Ice, the Teletubbies Christmas Show, ice sculpting workshops and a selection of themed bars with real fires, except for the Ice Bar where even the glasses you drink from are made of ice!
Nearest underground station: Marble Arch (Central Line)
More details and tickets can be found on the official website
Hogwarts in the Snow (17th November 2018 - 27th January 2019)
The Harry Potter Studio Tour gets a frosty and festive makeover during the festive season, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room, snow drifts in Diagon Alley and snow and ice effects carefully applied by hand.
The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.
Admission: £43 per person (16+ years).
Nearest railway station: Watford Junction rail then shuttle bus, free parking for ticketholders.
For tickets and opening times, please check the official website.
Make your own custom Christmas jumper at Camden Market (6th – 22nd December 2018)
With Christmas Jumper Day coming up on December 14th, Fever's got the perfect idea for how you can make this year that little bit more special: a customised Christmas jumper!
This fun and friendly session will be hosted in an immersive elve's workshop in the heart of Camden Market. Jumpers and all the crafts you could need will be provided.
The workshop size is a cosy 15 people only so book your space in advance.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Nearest underground station: Camden Town.