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Christmas - 25-Nov-2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and London is once again a dazzling tiara of Christmas lights. Bigger and better than ever, London is the place to be if you want to get into the Christmas spirit. From Hyde Park's well-loved Winter Wonderland to quaint Christmas markets in every district, don't miss out this festive season. Book your weekend away to come and enjoy everything the capital has to offer.
To make the most of London at Christmastime, book your stay at one of our Grange Hotels. You'll find affordable luxury right in the heart of London's festive paradise at any of our boutique hotels.
Christmas is nothing without twinkling lights, so we've been all over the city hunting for our favourites. Here's what we've found...
Certainly our favourite Christmas light display, the Oxford Street light switch-on really marks the beginning of London's festive season. While you're dashing around doing your Christmas shopping, take the time to marvel at the glittering Oxford Street Christmas lights and festive window displays. Nothing gets us more in the Christmas spirit.
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This year's Christmas lights switch-on event saw Capital Xtra personalities Yinka and Shayna Marie put on a DJ set, and performances from Ms Banks and Joy Crookes. It also saw the introduction of a new, 90% more energy-efficient lights display, which is made up of 220,000 individual LED lights.
At Christmas, Covent Garden and its famous market becomes a mini winter wonderland in itself. Explore Covent Garden's charming Christmas decorations, which include an enormous Christmas tree, more than 115,000 twinkling pea lights, and garlands of mistletoe glittering all about the indoor market.
This year's Covent Garden Christmas lights event was one of the earlier events in London, on November 12th. This year the event was hosted by Magic Radio's Harriet Scott and Ronan Keating, and the lights were switched on by Last Christmas stars Dame Emma Thomson, Emilia Clarke, and Paul Feig (director).
See one of London's most famous squares transformed to celebrate the festive season with the annual Christmas in Leicester Square event. This time of year plenty of festive pop-up stalls appear, selling handcrafted gifts and Christmas decorations as well as wonderful, warming winter fare.
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After perusing the stalls, you can enjoy an array of festive entertainment for all ages including La Clique, edgy and alternative circus, and The Showstoppers' Christmas Kids Show. And don't forget to visit Santa! Families with young children can explore Santa's Grotto and meet the jolly man in the red coat and receive a small gift after some festive story-telling.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a little ice skating, and once again the Natural History Museum is the place to be. Skate in the magical atmosphere of the museum's open-air ice rink. Set up right in front of the iconic South Kensington museum, the spectacular ice rink is surrounded by thousands of festive lights and frost-covered trees.
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After you've skated to your heart's content, why not visit the museum's Café Bar for some delicious winter warmers? Relax and watch the skaters glide past from the cafe's balcony, or visit Hotel Chocolat's rink-side stand for luxurious hot chocolates and a range of indulgent, festive delights.
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas on Regent Street, as the spectacular Christmas lights display returns to celebrate the magic of the festive season.
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Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping to enjoy a dazzling display of more than 300,000 Christmas lights twinkling above the world famous Regent Street. Taking inspiration from the shopping hub's earliest Christmas lights in 1954, the glitzy display features large-scale angels and shines above Regent Street and its surrounding streets this Christmas.
To make the most of the city this Christmas, book a room in the heart of London. Book now and treat your other half to a festive mini-break in our glorious capital.