Why I love Christmas in London

Yes, another post about London!  Here are some of my favourite things about Christmas in my favourite place on earth in no particular order.

The Lights....


Fun fair in Leicester Square
















The Culture...

In the winter London's theatre scene comes to life and at Christmas the variety of live performances is staggering.  You can see everything from a pantomime to performances of the Nutcracker to weeks of beautiful concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.


The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden


I've been here to see the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and this darling Beatrix Potter ballet.  Meant for children but I adored every minute!  I mean, look at them!


The Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall



Christmas Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall - absolutely wonderful!  The Royal Albert Hall has concerts nearly every evening in December.

The decorations...



Covent Garden


Santa and his reindeer  - made from Lego!  At Covent Garden

Reindeer, Covent Garden 2014


The Reindeer at Covent Garden in 2012



The Christmas tree at Liverpool St station.


The markets...

Whether it's the German market on South Bank, Borough Market all tarted up for the Holidays or just a local neighbourhood market, visiting London's markets at Christmas is a must.



The German market on Southbank...




Winter wonderland in Hyde Park...good if you've got kiddies...




And my fave rave....




The tree in Trafalgar Square....




This tree is presented to the people of Britain from the city of Oslo in Norway as a continuing token of  thanks for Britain's assistance during World War II.   It is simply decorated with lights.




Local choirs sing beside the tree most nights in December.

Store windows....







The above photos were taken in the John Lewis window...surprise surprise being as that was the year of the Monty the Penguin ad...if you haven't seen it you must google it and see it.


Okay I cheated and this was inside the store...but how cute...


Hamley's toy store...I have a confession to make.  Of all the times I have been to London I don't think I've ever been beyond the ground floor of Hamleys.  It is huge but it always seems to be busy and well, it's not like I need to buy toys... but their Christmas windows are pretty cool.  I never did make it to see Harrods' windows this time - I heard there were mice. I love mice!  However when I finally got there they had the windows papered up for the next display. (sob!)

And those are my SOME of my  favourite things about seeing the Christmas season in London.....hope you enjoyed!

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