By Esin Huseyin
Ho Ho Ho yes, as you can see from the title of this post, I’ll be bringing you a sensory overload of festivities for you to enjoy this season; even though it’s technically not fallen on a weekend this year.
I’ve even brought this post two days forward, so that you can enjoy your Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing day in peace.
Walk off the Christmas Day feast with a stroll through Kew Gardens; not only one of the most beautiful gardens in London, but it’s been given a special outfit for the season. Follow a snow-flake guided trail, tunnels of light, and even lights that give the sense of frozen fireworks. Yes, the lights are back at the gardens to light up the way post-Christmas. To find out more information, click here.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without any carols; I know I just wrote about the Christmas Service at St Paul’s Cathedral, here, but I’m going to mention The Parish Carol Service held at St-Martin-in-the-Fields. You’ll be able to unwind after last minute shopping and look forward to the festivities with a candlelit service of words, reflections on the Christmas story, and even some music. It’s absolutely free, but it is hugely popular so they have two services – one at 16:30 and the other at 19:00, get there early so you’re not disappointed. For more details, click here.
For those of us who find ourselves alone this Christmas, fear not because for the first time ever the Fitzrovia Centre is hosting an afternoon of entertainment. There will of course be films, board games, food and drink, but more importantly other people who you can spread some cheer with – including beating them at a game of ping pong. If you’re able to, all they ask is that you bring a child’s toy with you, which will be donated to the University College London Hospital. You do have to book in advance so, click here.
Are you guys already planning on doing any of these? What are your plans for the next few days? If anybody does know of any other events happening on Christmas Day, let me know so we can highlight the fact that you don’t have to be alone if you don’t want to.