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Four events in London to get you in the festive spirit
By Ieva Asnina
The John Lewis advert is released, Christmas movies are already plaguing TV screens and shops have their decorations out and sparkling. It can only mean one thing.
This year has been a whirlwind so to get you out of the funk and into the holiday spirit, here are some events to get yourself to if you’re in London.
When: 18 November 2016 to 2 January 2017
Where: Hyde Park
Is it even Christmas if you don’t go to Winter Wonderland? It is the rite of passage for any Londoner. And while it will probably burn a hole in your wallet, who can put a price on a good time? From markets to eateries to rides, it has everything you would need to get you in the festive mood. If you can put up with the constant stream of Christmas music and crowds, that is.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
When: 11 November 2016 to 25 January 2017
From a winter lodge where you can cosy up by fire pits while eating Swedish food to a Christmas market to even a roller disco. The winter festival is perfect if you don’t want to hear people screaming on rides and just want to enjoy the festivities in a less hectic environment.
Christmas in Leicester Square
When: 11 November 2016 to 8 January 2017
Where: Right in the middle of Leicester Square
Entry to this is free, though tickets must be booked in advance for select events. For two months, the square will be home to Santa’s grotto, a Christmas market (as you can probably tell by now, it’s not a holiday celebration without a market), among other things.
Real Food Christmas Market
When: 14 – 23 December 2016
Where: Kings Cross Square, in front of the station
You wouldn’t be celebrating the holidays in style if you didn’t forget any diets you may have and just embraced all that food has got to offer. This is definitely for the foodie inside all of us. And with endless options, you’ll be full up until next Christmas. Besides, the only way to do the festive season is with food centre stage.
With all the presents, events and parties already filling up your diary, you’ll probably be broke by the end of the month. But at least you can make it your New Year’s resolution to save better. Happy holidays!
Hi, I’m Ieva. Originally from Latvia, I’m currently a second-year journalism student at the London College of Communication and an occasional blogger. I’m a self-confessed news and celebrity junkie and an avid reader of crime novels. I believe that student lifestyle is just as important as what happens in our communities and in wider society. What we do outside of our studies, the things we can’t live without and the moments that drive us crazy, are what shapes who we are and bring us all together. I look forward to exploring this theme further as an NUS Journalist because the team at NUS offer a great platform for students’ voices to be heard, loud and clear.