Christmas is a particularly special time for kids - the anticipation, the presents, the family, and if the kids are really young, the wrapping paper. But in London there are always lots of fun things to do from themed events to meeting santa (father christmas) in one of his many grottos. You may also want to find out about
ice skating. And if you fancy something really spectacular, why not visit Santa in Lapland?
The Enchanted Christmas House From 30th November 2013. Created for children aged 1 to 8, the tour includes amazing Christmas characters, the Garden of Winter Wonder, Santa's workshop, decorating gingerbread in The Gingerbread Kitchen, and meeting Santa Claus.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 22 November 2013 - 5 January 2014. The Winter Wonderland is now an annual event in Hyde Park, featuring an Ice rink, Zippos Christmas Circus, Zippos Cirque Extreme, Giant Observation Wheel, Rides and Sand Land... Lots of fun to be had.
Some of London's greatest stores have a Santa's Grotto in November and December. Your kids can meet Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas) himself, tell him what they wish for Christmas and maybe, if they've been good, receive a small present to keep them happy on the journey home.
Harrods - Harrod's Christmas Grotto is always extra special, and made more manageable by a booking system that allows you to choose when to visit. Obviously it gets booked very quickly when it opens in the beginning of November.
Selfridges - Santa's Christmas Grotto at Selfridges - like Harrods, you can usually book your appointment with Father Christmas at Selfridges.
Hamleys - Santa roams the giant toy store at Christmas, through most of December. They usually also have Hamley's Christmas Grotto where you can meet Santa Claus and get a present, if you've been a good little boy or girl!
Westfield London - Santa's Wish Kingdom is a recent addition to the Father Christmas activities in London.
Southbank Christmas Market - Santa's Secret Village at the Southbank is worth a visit, although it can be pretty cold queuing outside.
Kew Garden - Meet Father Christmas in his grotto in the Princess of Wales Conservatory from 10 to 23 December 2011. The queue opens at noon and closes at 3pm.
Finally, you can even rent a Santa who'll come bearing gifts to your hotel room or restaurant table!
A Different Christmas Day in London
When I think about Christmas Day, the first thing that pops into my head is 'family'. I think it's an international tradition, where Christmas is celebrated, that families come together on Christmas Day.
by Mr B
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If you're interested in seeing some sport at Christmas in London, Boxing Day (26th December) always has Premiership and League football games - the biggest London clubs are Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham United, but there are many others in the lower divisions where ticket prices will be less.