Blenheim Palace / Glow Wild
After last year’s Christmas is all but canceled, our social lives this holiday season are going to take quite a shock. The skating rinks are coming back, the markets will be stocked with unlimited mulled wine, and you will have to put out your sunglasses thanks to all the great light shows that take place. And let’s not forget the holiday-themed afternoon teas, quirky pop-ups and Christmas movie screenings. Basically there is no Zoom quiz in sight. If you don’t know where to start, here’s our roundup of some of the best Christmas 2021 events taking place in London and beyond. You can sign us up for all of this.
Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Blenheim Palace will take your breath away without being decked out in Christmas goodness, so add the festive element and over a million twinkling lights and you will have a magical experience. In addition to the Christmas market welcoming artisan food and drink vendors in winter wooden chalets, the Nutcracker story takes place in the palace’s pageantry rooms each with a new themed surprise. of The Nutcracker. What about the main event? This would be the illuminated trail that winds through the beautiful grounds, illuminating the lake and the south lawn.
When: November 19 – January 2
Alpine Boozy themed pop-ups, various
If you’ve been dreaming of après-ski since pre-pandemic times, why not try an Alpine winter wonderland? The Bar Hut, which has locations in Manchester, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, offers cozy huts with rustic furnishings and string lights and, most importantly, karaoke machines. The pop-up ski chalet at the four-star Montague Hotel in London is also back, and you can sip mulled wine, spiced cider or schnapps while pretending to thaw in the Alps. Health !
When: Bar Hutte: November 4 – January, The Ski Lodge: November 10 – January 9
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Ice skating at Somerset House, London
After being greeted by the 40 foot Christmas tree as you enter the chic courtyard of Somerset House, you’ll find one of London’s best ice rinks. This year, you can expect to skate late at night with a series of well-known DJs, perfect for after-work fun with friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, the Chocmobile at Hôtel Chocolat will serve steaming hot chocolate while the Skate Lounge by Moet & Chandon, this year’s partner, will offer champagne and cocktails. Ideal.
When: November 17 – January 16
Glow Wild in Wakehurst, Sussex
The winding Glow Wild to Wakehurst Trail, just under a mile in length, begins in an avenue of century-old oak trees and features handcrafted lanterns, magical projections and stunning installations. Once you’ve enjoyed the trail, head to the walled garden to see it illuminated by glowworms before discovering the largest living Christmas tree dressed in nearly 2,000 stunning lights.
When: November 25 – January 2
Festive snacks, various
For when you’re feeling a little bit more afternoon tea can do the trick and this year many places will swap their traditional afternoon tea for a glorious festive spread. For incredible decor paired with the best sweet and savory treats, London restaurant Sketch tops the list. Each year, the restaurant teams up with renowned artists to transform the space into an enchanting winter wonderland that could no longer look like Christmas. With its festive feel all year round, Fortnum & Mason’s chic spread is also the perfect stop for lunch before stocking up on Christmas presents.
When: To confirm
Christmas cinema screenings, various
While watching Alone at home for the fiftieth time in the comfort of your living room this December is undoubtedly fun, watching it surrounded by full-fledged Christmas backdrops on a big screen is arguably better. Backyard Cinema pulled it off and is hosting three separate events, including screenings at the Troxy in east London with narration by George the Poet, a choir and dancing – and that’s all before the film begins. Meanwhile, Capital Studios in Wandsworth is hosting The Winter Night Garden: think The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe vibrations.
When: October 18 – January 3
Warner Bros. Studios Tour, Hertfordshire
Enter a festive wonderland with the return of Hogwarts under the snow. Along with Diagon Alley, Great Hall and Hagrid’s Hut getting a Christmas makeover as usual, this year the Forbidden Forest will also be strewn with snow. And for the truly loyal Potter fans (and if you’ve got the extra cash to spend), the Great Hall Dinner will be back for two nights in December. Enjoy an aperitif before recreating IRL Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone scenes with your own two-course dinner and after-hours tour. This year, you can also purchase tickets for a special screening of the 2001 film to celebrate 20 years of The Boy Who Lived debuted on screen.
When: Hogwarts in the snow: November 16 – January 13 / Dinner in the Great Hall: December 13 – 15
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London
A guaranteed good time in the capital, Winter Wonderland is back with the UK’s largest ice rink, -10C ice bar, lively Alpine-themed pop-up restaurant, fairground rides and food stalls endless street. If you fancy getting into ice sculpting, this year also sees the return of workshops led by the artists who created the Magical Ice Kingdom. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and you can easily relax there all day.
When: November 19 – January 3
Christmas in Kenwood, London
Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath is undergoing a winter Christmas makeover for the first time, with surrounding forest paths illuminated by thousands of lights and lasers. Chopped pies and mulled wine will be available at a variety of food stalls and bars, while a VIP package gives guests access to an exclusive bar set on the Kenwood Terrace. Already a dream location for healthy weekend walks, it will be sure to be a festive treat.
When: November 26 – January 9
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