8 unique experiences in London for Christmas 2015

From the Disney Christmas Tree at St. Pancras Station to skating on the Somerset House ice rink, here are 8 unique and exciting things to see and do in London this Christmas

Stuck for something a little different to do this festive season? This Christmas you can head out to a skating club night, eat the best street food in the city, and visit Hogwarts in the snow. Take a look at our eight suggestions.

 

Somerset House Ice Rink

South Building, Strand, WC2R 1LA

Until 10th January 2016

Open all day for skating, the Somerset House Ice Rink also boasts club nights with rink-side DJs, so you can discover some new dance-moves while out on the ice. And after skating, why not settle down for a mulled wine in the Skate Lounge, or try a cocktail in Fortnum’s Lodge?

 

Underground Film Club

The Vaults, 1 Launcelot Street, South Bank, SE1 7AD

Until 16th January 2016

During the festive season, the Underground Film Club are screening Christmas classics such as Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. You can also enjoy pre-movie cocktails in the blues bar Smokey Joe’s, while Rockadollar Dogs provides a delicious range of street food.

 

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Until 2nd January 2016

If you fancy an after-dark trek through the botanic gardens, check out the magical lights of Christmas at Kew. As well as this stunning electric kaleidoscope, Kew also offers vintage fairground rides, food, and many other festivities.

 

Disney Christmas Tree, St. Pancras Station

Euston Road, N1C 4QP

Until 4th January 2016

Definitely worth a visit is the ingenious Disney Christmas Tree at St. Pancras Station. Cleverly constructed from soft toys of Disney characters, snowflakes also fall from the 14-metre tree every few minutes. Go along and see who you can spot!

 

Hogwarts in the Snow

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR

Until 31st January 2016

If Christmas magic isn’t enough for you, why not take a trip to the wizarding world and see Hogwarts in the Snow? This festive experience grants you a peek behind the scenes of Christmas at Hogwarts, and sees familiar sets dressed in Christmas fare, and fireplaces throughout the studio tour lit with special effects fire.

 

The Nutcracker, The London Coliseum

St. Martin’s Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4ES

Until 10th January 2016

If you like your magic set to music meanwhile, The Nutcracker is a majestic Christmas ballet featuring 100+ musicians and dancers and an eternally enduring score by Tchaikovsky. Following the adventures of Clara and her Nutcracker doll from Christmas Eve in Edwardian London to the sparkling Land of Snow, this truly spectacular show at the London Coliseum is a visual and musical work of art.

 

A Christmas Carol, Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU

Until 30th January 2016

For those who find Christmas a bit much sometimes, join Ebenezer Scrooge at the Noel Coward Theatre as he meets ghosts of the past, present and future - and rediscover the joy and magic of the festive season. Starring the Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent as Scrooge, this new adaptation of the Dickens classic delivers inventive drama (with puppets) as well as plenty of laughs, and is sure to be enjoyed by all (even the grumpy ones).

 

Little Feast, Shepherd’s Bush Yard

88-89 Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, W12 8DQ

Until 23rd December 2015

Finally, for some of the best street food going, head over to Shepherd’s Bush Yard for Little Feast Winter and discover vendors such as Poptata, Cheeky Burger, and Butter & Scotch in rustic wooden huts. Fully heated and covered, with blue and maroon decorations and fir trees to evoke a Scandinavian feel, the Little Feast also features live music - including carol-singing, choirs and jazz bands.

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