This year I spent my first Christmas and New Years away from home. The holidays in London were an experience I won’t forget any time soon. If you have the opportunity to travel during your next Christmas vacation, consider coming to the UK! This list only scratches the surface of activities.
1.) White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre—The season started on a great foot. Our friend Maggie surprised me and Kendra with tickets to see the stage adaptation of White Christmas. It is a favorite musical of all three of us, and we had a blast seeing it live. Although there were minor changes, as there always are, it was the best way to get into the Christmas spirit.
2.) Harry Potter Studio Tour—We managed to snag Groupon tickets for a special deal that included dinner, butterbeer, and special guests. While the tour is amazing all on its own, we got to watch a wand-making demonstration, as well as see several of the animal actors. The best part was seeing the scale model of Hogwarts decorated for Christmas—covered in snow, it felt like we were part of Harry’s world, if only for a moment.
3.) Harrods window displays—Ah, Harrods. The store that makes you feel remarkably poor just by walking past. They are famous for their window displays, which are particularly festive during Christmas.
4.) Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park—From the end of November to the beginning of January, Hyde Park transforms into a massive amusement attraction, with food, rides, games, Santa Land, and a Christmas market. There is also an ice rink!
5.) Some friends visited from the States during Christmas, so some of our other activities weren’t necessarily holiday-themed. However, it was great to mark the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Windsor, Stonehenge, and Lacock off my travel list. The last three were seen in a day, thanks to a bus tour.