You see the thing is, I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Actually I just love celebrating in general. Valentines, Easter, Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I’m celebrating! And the Christmas events in London are the best in the lead up to December 25th.
So what have I booked already (yes you read that correctly, I actually have Christmas plans in the diary!), and what am I planning to attend? Here’s my list so far!
Last year I made a reservation at Le Chalet restaurant on the rooftop at Selfridges (read about that here), and it was so Christmassy and cosy and gave me that ridiculously happy Holiday feeling. So when I saw an email from Selfridges last week, to say this year’s rooftop restaurant theme would be Forest on the Roof, I made a reservation immediately. Can’t bloody wait! It also means I get to have a nosey around my fav department store, which I may have already done last week, because I couldn’t contain my Christmas excitement any longer. There’s personalised gift wrap in there people!!
Okay I’m just gonna come right out and say it, if you don’t like Christmas movies, there is something not quite right with you. I mean, helllooooo, Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually, The Holiday?! I adore Christmas movies, and there is nowhere more fun to watch them than in the private cinema rooms at Charlotte Street Hotel and Soho Hotel. The seats are pure luxury, and the popcorn on offer is a nice little bonus too. Last year I went to both to see Home Alone and Elf, and this year I’m booked in for a girls Christmas night out to see The Holiday and to also see Elf again, because Will Ferrell’s one liner’s in that film are comedy gold.
So they may sell what essentially is a pile of Christmas junk, but I still love the Festive Markets at Southbank Centre! There’s mulled wine for a start. And fairground rides, and a little forest of Christmas trees, and everyone looks happy, which lets face it only happens in London if A. the hottest day of the year turns out to be on a weekend, or B. a completely unexpected snow day occurs where no one can get to work. Yep those are the two happiest moments in any Londoners calendar year, and it seems that walking around Christmas markets also has the same effect. Then again, that might be the mulled wine.
I don’t know if I can describe just how excited I get about Winter Wonderland. I mean I LOVE IT, LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! (Here’s last years post) I always visit on a weekday evening when the crowds aren’t quite as hectic, and although I know I’ll buy literally zero from the little wooden cabins selling sweets, candy apples, and animal shaped winter beanies, I still want to peruse everything. The night starts out with some kinda calorie laden food, followed by mulled wine to keep the hands and heart warm, and then it’s time to hit the rides. I’m never 100% confident those rides have passed their health and safety checks, but I muster up as much faith as I can find and jump onboard the rollercoaster! The music, the atmosphere, the fun, it all makes for the best night out. And then upon leaving, there’s one last essential item to purchase. An inflatable balloon of course.
So those are my top four favourite Christmas Events in London, and I’m also hoping to visit The Spirit of Christmas Fair next week, take another nosey around Fortnum and Mason (yes I’ve already been to see the hampers there, Christmas World at Harrods and the decorations at Selfridges #diehardchristmasfan), and am even considering the Light Trail at Kew Gardens. Basically if it looks, tastes, sounds or smells like Christmas, I want a part of it. And if it hadn’t been for the super efficient PA’s of Sloane Square and Chelsea booking up all the slots at Harrods to see Father Christmas, I’d have booked that too. No one is too old to visit Father Christmas at Harrods, I mean take a look at this post from a previous visit.