If you’re based in the south, or even in the capital, then it’s worth taking a trip or two to the home counties and beyond to check out some of the amazing festive events being planned for the coming holiday season. But there are great things happening inside the city, too. Let’s start in the middle of London, and work our way outwards, as we assess some of the fantastic Christmas goings-on that is in store.
Every year, the city of Oslo donates an enormous Christmas tree to the people of Britain. In keeping with tradition, it’s going to be put up in Trafalgar Square, and the lights get turned on for the first time on the 5th December. All manner of festive activities will take place in the square, from carol- singing to seasonal eateries.
If you’re planning on indulging in the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, then be sure to pay a visit to Oxford Street, where the various high-street names will attempt to outdo one another with a range of displays and discounts. London’s department stores are a cut above just about everywhere else in the country, so those looking for a truly extravagant shopping experience should pay a visit to Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges.
Dickensian Christmas in Finsbury Square
This Christmas, you’ll get a chance to delve into Christmas Past with the help of a themed Christmas party. Smart provides a range of them throughout the year, but this one is distinctly Dickensian. You’ll get Victorian-era gas lamps, carol-singers, and other nostalgia-evoking sights and sounds. Entertainment comes in the form of acrobats and trapeze artists. There’s limited space available for each party, and tickets aren’t cheap, but if you want to pull out all of the stops to mark this festive season, you’ll find few better ways in which to do it. If you have hundreds of guests to cater for, then there’s even the option to book out the entire place!
Directly north of the capital, you’ll find Stevenage, in Hertfordshire. There’s a bit of a unique event taking place here in late December, in the form of Del Boy’s Christmas Comedy Dinner Show. It’s a sit-down meal, complete with a stage performance incorporating a raft of character from Only Fools
and Horses. You can catch a train from Finsbury Park to Stevenage and be there in under twenty minutes, making it perfect for a day-trip from the capital.