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As all of us are confined to our homes and are picky about when or when not to step out of the house.
We are missing out on some of the most important and interesting festivals and celebrations of this year - Christmas and New Year's Eve!
From after-party hangovers to having your favorite food, going ice skating in the coldest time to bathing in the prettiest warm lights decorated for Christmas, London has got it all.
London is famous for its magnificent old buildings, the Palace of Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Tower of London, London Eye, Art Galleries, and Big Ben.
London is also an incredibly popular place to be during the holidays in December, so expect the streets to be crowded with both English tourists and tourists from all around the world.
And no matter when or where you travel, take your umbrella with you as London is known for its unexpected rainfall all round the year.
You might be looking for ways to spend time with friends and family, well, it can be kinda hard finding spots and creating plans for the year-end. But sit back and relax, we've got this.
If you're looking for places to visit, activities to do, sightsee or just have a fun Christmas and year-end read on!
Can't figure out where to go? Or looking for some places to spend the 25th with family?
Here are 7 things to do and places to visit during Christmas:
- Marvel at Christmas lights
- Volunteer to help others
- Explore London's Christmas Markets
- Go Ice skating
- Cuddle up in a London pub
- Christmas play or pantomime
- Visit the famous Charles Dickens Museum
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Decorations and lights are one of the main attractions of Christmas.
And there being less number of tourists and people out around this year, the lights are going to be much more aesthetic and appealing to see than ever.
Bond Street, North Bank, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Marylebone Village, and Coal Drops Yard are some of the famous and well-known spots around where you can enjoy the lights.
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If you’re spending Christmas away from home, this might be the ideal way to spend it.
As it is the month of well-being and giving back there are a lot of things you can do to support the ones in need.
You can volunteer for carol singing to raise money for charity or you could even sign-up for volunteer activities to help the homeless.
Another thing that you could do is invite international/foreign exchange students, who are spending Christmas alone, away from home.
Invite them to your house for a few days and spend Christmas with them, learn their culture, create a unique bond, and make new friends.
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As one of the biggest attractions of this month in London, which is Winter Wonderland, is closed, you might be looking for some other local attractions and ways to shop.
The London Christmas markets are no less than a wonderland.
You can explore Greenwich market, go by the riverside at London bridge, or even go to Leicester square if you have young siblings, relatives, or kids.
Besides shopping and attractions, if you’re a foodie, you’re in for a treat as these markets pack amazing and delicious local meals and dishes.
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December being one of the coldest periods of the year, there is a huge number of people who go ice skating.
You might find a lot of places to hit the ice.
Tower of London Ice Rink, Skate at Somerset House, Natural History Museum Ice Rink are some well-known places where you can go ice skating.
These places open up way before and are open after Christmas as well. The ticket prices may vary from place to place so have a look online before you venture out.
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Done with the end of the semester and want to chill out with friends?
London has got the right pubs for you.
We all know that they won’t be cheap, but they offer you the most relaxing and warm fireplaces.
With your favorite drink in hand and a bunch of stories to share you can have the greatest time if you are visiting with your friends.
The Harp - Covent Garden, the Mayflower Pub, the Blackfriar, Southampton Arms, and The Grenadier are some of the well-known pubs that you can go to.
Christmas play or pantomime
If you’ve got an extra buck in your pocket and want to have the experience of a lifetime, we would suggest you go to watch a play or a pantomime.
There are a lot of shows and plays all across London but mostly in the capital.
The yearly favorites include A Christmas carol at dominion theatre, Cinderella at Odeon Theatre Wimbledon including other Disney hits like Aladdin and Rapunzel, and also the Award-winning Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells theatre.
Visit the famous Charles Dickens MuseumCharles Dickens Museum and bicycle, Doughty Street
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Charles Dickens, an English writer, and critic, is regarded as one of the best and greatest novelists of the victorian era.
He has created many memorable fictional characters and stories, one of which includes the famous ‘A Christmas Carol’.
If you’re interested in knowing more about him and his creations or you want to learn about the history of Christmas in the United Kingdom you can visit this museum.
With a valid student ID Tickets are £7.50 and £9.50 without it and the event tickets are £22 and include museum entry.
Admission to the museum is included for free with the purchase of the London Pass.
New Years’ is one of the grandest celebrations for the entire world and we know you’re looking to end the year on a memorable note as well.
Here is a list of 10 things that you can do to keep your day interesting during the year-end.
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If you love 80’s Music, Commercial/Pop, and Funk & Soul and looking for a little different new year party with fun-filled activities, this ones for you.
Walk around the famous sites of London with the boogie shoes team. Get your best comfy shoes, light snacks, and a bottle of water for a whole day of fun!
Be ready to get hit by bangers from the likes of, Queen, Madonna, MJ, James Brown, Rihanna, and other brilliant artists from across the decades!
Canary Wharf New Year's BrunchFormans, Stratford, London
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Blast your new year’s eve with some Prosecco shuffleboard and delicious pizza.
Canary Wharf will provide you with the best brunch experience ever.
It’s best to visit here with a group of friends.
You’ll be provided with your own semi-private space with complimentary drinks, prosecco for each guest, and bottomless pizza!
Enjoy all this while being safe and maintaining social distancing.
Due to current guidelines, the booking has been limited to 6 people per group.
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Flight Club has become one of London’s most talked-about bars by providing its customers with a spectacular experience with a mouth-watering menu with fast-paced and multiplayer games.
Flight Club provides you with the best combo of fun, food, and hangover.
Hog on to the cheesiest pizza, chug it down with a bottle of your favorite wine and aim for the bull’s eye.
This is also another venue to go with your friends, the best place to catch up, be it lunch or brunch.
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While other things might get old as we grow up, games certainly wouldn’t.
After the long celebrations of Christmas, the whole family might be stressed and tired of all the chaos.
Relieve the stress with some classic good-old-fashioned games like monopoly and pin pong.
Instead of spending an expensive evening, these bars are pretty cheaper and worth the time.
If you’re looking for some pure nostalgic time to spend with family, we feel you.
The Yellow Door at Notting Hill, Foosball Club at Islington, and Ninth Life at Catford are some well-known places to have fun with a couple of shots.
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Escape rooms have always peeked people’s interests.
From finding the first clue to feeling claustrophobic and getting the adrenaline rush, it has got it all.
Only this year it’s gonna be online!
If you’ve never played one ever or never tried it online, you should definitely give this one a shot.
Not only will this get your brain cells working but, what better way to spend time sitting home?
And moreover, these events are absolutely free! Even more reason for you to get going.
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With the current lockdown and self-isolation, BucketRace has produced a set of online competitive games that can be played from your home.
This online virtual event uses the latest technology and design to give you a truly memorable and amazing experience.
You can join from the website, zoom, youtube, or Facebook.
The game rounds include history, hidden items, music, what happens next, people, geography, film, name the character, general knowledge, and build a list.
The winners get exciting and amazing rewards.
Drag & Waffle Bottomless Brunch - New Year's Special!Arnold Inuyaki, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
You need to give 2020 a good sending off and what better way to celebrate the new year with brunch, daytime, and Funtime partying along with some party/mashup and commercial pop music.
Warm-up with some cocktail followed by prosecco and mimosa along with bottomless sweet and savory waffles.
Enter this fierce, fun, and fabulous party, dress like you own it, and have a blast. Enjoy musical bingo games, unlimited party tunes, fierce lip-syncs loaded with surprises, and competition prizes.
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If you cant spend New Year’s Eve with family, want to enjoy something from the comfort of your home, or are just a big fan of crime thrillers and murder mysteries, you could probably solve one online.
It is a fabulous game to play with friends and family, get together online, and have a laugh.
It is super fun collecting evidence and piecing clues together to solve the murder, find the culprit, and prove your innocence.
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Well, if you’re asking for a more chilled and laid back evening why go for a fun movie experience?
Film and fizz a private 30-seat screening room where you can watch all-time classic flicks and topping it off by having lunch at one of the best and top-tier restaurant.
You get to see movies like Elf, a wonderful life, the holiday, the secret garden, the greatest showman and many more.
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If the above-mentioned events like the escape room and solving a murder mystery online interest you might as well try this one out.
Bring out the private investigator in you and help take down a criminal mastermind with this online immersive virtual game.
With brainstorming, problem-solving and other elements from a crime scene and escape room, this game is surely going to give you the chills but also get your adrenaline rushing.
Have you ever visited or been to any of the above events?
Write your reviews and your experiences in the comments!
Also, let us know if we missed any spots or events which you think are worth mentioning.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!