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Christmas in London 2010

Waiting for Christmas in London 2010? That’s indeed a great thing to wish for as Christmas in London is amazing. Starting from pre-Christmas shopping to Christmas events and parties, you’ll find joy in participating in one and all.

What makes Christmas in London all the more magical is the lights! Almost all of them are switched on in the mid of November and some of the most visited place include Marylebone High Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street, Oxford Street, and Covent Garden. London lights up during Christmas Eve! Why not visit the big stores on Regent Street and Oxford and spend an ever to remember evening. And guess what? You don’t have to spare a penny of yours!

Christmas Events

Outdoor ice skating rinks are something worth visiting during Christmas Eve. This year you will find a number of ice skating opportunities in London. Most of the ice skating rinks are open till late evening and some of them have provisions for special events as well. These rinks remain open from mid of November to mid of January. The Christmas tree of Trafalgar Square is perhaps the most famous. The tree is generally more than twenty meters in height and is perhaps fifty or sixty years old. The tree generally stays in the Trafalgar Square till the Twelfth Night of Christmas, i.e. till 6th of January and soon after this it is taken down so as to get chipped and composted. The lights are turned on in the evening of the first Thursday in December.

Wanna meet Santa? Well, with so many departmental stores in London you can meet Santa in Selfridges, Harrods; well the list goes on and on.

People go on a Shopping spree throughout December so make sure to be a part of it by going to a Festive Fair. Some of the places you can eye on include-
  1. Spirit of Christmas Fair- starts 3rd nov, ends 7th nov
  2. Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair, starts 10th nov, ends 14th Nov
  3. Cologne Christmas Market, starts 19th nov, ends 23rd Dec
  4. British Red Cross Christmas Fair, starts 1st Dec, ends 2nd December

The English National Ballet is a remarkable tradition that has included “The Nutcracker” for more than fifty years. This December, i.e. Christmas in London 2010, the Company will be returning to the London Coliseum with the Nutcracker (the new production of Wayne Eagling).

On any Saturday morning somewhere around mid December, you’ll find around 150 race contestants wearing fancy dress and running around Covent Garden while making attempts to balance Christmas pudding on a plate. Obstacles like balloons filled with flour are placed mid way to add fun to the game. Basically, this event is organized for raising money for Cancer Research.

Every year, the twelve period rooms of the Geffrye Museum are decorated in genuine festive style. On the other hand, you will find the Christmas Past exploring the meanings and origins of some of the common customs starting from Christmas tree decoration, organizing cocktail parties to kissing under the mistletoes. So, make your Christmas in London 2010 memorable by being an active participant of all events.