We all know what Christmas Eve is really for: realising you’ve left internet shopping far too late and dashing to the shops (with the world and his wife) for panic buying and present wrapping. If this is you… stop reading and get going! Time is running out (don’t leave with our handy guide to Christmas shopping, though).
If, however, you’re sitting there twiddling your thumbs because you had everything wrapped and ready by Halloween, then congratulations, you over-organised freak! Read on for a round-up of the best festive things you could do in London today:
Enjoy a Christmassy Show
There’s something about pantomime that turns even the most respectable and serious of adults into an excitable child again. Let’s face it, if you’re not prepared to scream ‘IT’S BEHIND YOU!’ with increasing volume and boo-hiss with the best of them, then maybe it’s not for you. If the madness of panto isn’t quite up your street then try Fuerzabruta at Roundhouse (starts Dec 23) for something a bit different. Read more about Christmas shows going on in London here.
Go for a spin
There’s something magical about ice skating at Christmas – the lights, the holding hands, the sprained ankles. London has some impressive venues boasting rinks this year (Hampton Court Palace, the Natural History Museum, and Tower of London to name just a few) so whether you’ll be twirling like Torvill and Dean or clinging to the edge for dear life, find out the best places to get your skates on here.
Have a wander at a Christmas Market
Whether you’re still looking for last minute pressies or just fancying a wander round trying out seasonal delicacies while keeping warm with a cup of mulled wine, Christmas markets are a great way to get into the festive feeling. Just make sure you leave room for the turkey though! Here’s our guide to Christmas markets in London.
Tell Santa your present list in person
If you haven’t given Santa your wish list yet then you’re cutting it a bit fine – Christmas is TOMORROW! Don’t worry though, he’s still accepting visitors on Christmas Eve so check out the capital’s best grottos here.
Or for something a bit different…
Don’t be a Scrooge, visit the home of ‘A Christmas Carol’
If the thought of doing the above festivities this Christmas Eve has you saying ‘bah, humbug’, then how about heading to the home of one of the greatest Christmas tales ever told? At the Charles Dickens Museum (located in the house Dickens in lived from 1837-39) you can sip on mulled cider and feast on mince pies while enjoying the traditional Victorian decoration and exploring Dickens’ life. Find out more about a Dickensian Christmas here.
For more Christmas Eve inspiration head here.