Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, London is transformed into a wintery wonderland. Ice rinks appear in squares, on rooftops and outside London icons while the city glitters with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees. Suddenly, you can fill your free time sipping hot booze in kitsch pop-up bars (like this Miracle on Ninth Street one), wandering through a 200-tree woodland or spreading the cheer (but no singing along!) at massive concerts, including ones at the Royal Albert Hall.
There’s no use denying that Christmas 2020 will be unlike any Christmas in London before it. We’re still unsure if rules will be adjusted in time for the big day, but current restrictions will limit Christmas parties and get-togethers to groups of six. And annual events where social distancing is a big challenge have already been called off, from panto at Hackney Empire to the annual icon of London’s Christmas calendar, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
Still, there’s enough Christmas spirit in the capital to find a way through. From distanced and virtual craft markets to ice skating with a strict time slot; from panto for a limited audience to safe, outdoor activities galore. While you probably shouldn’t sit on Santa’s lap this year, you can go forth and have fun in a London stuffed like a stocking full of magical things to do at Christmas.
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