At Christmas, the city of London hosts a wide array of exciting festive events and things to do with friends or family. Sometimes it can be difficult choosing between them, so to help arrange your Christmas plans we have selected our favourite events to visit if you are looking to experience some real Christmas magic...
1. Winter Trails at Nine Elms
From St George's Tower to Battersea Power Station, London's Winter Trails festival hosts activities from November 18th to December 21st. For Berkeley Group residents, the festival is conveniently located near to St James Riverlight development. The festival includes artists and performers who partner with local communities to create a line-up of unique events. Here you can expect music and creative workshops for children, performances, walks, film screenings, twilight performances with skaters and dancers, a street market and performances from the Battersea Community Choir.
All of these events are mapped out in the area, including each of the different strands of the festival; sound, movement, illumination, installations, words and stories.
Why not visit the Cirque Bijou Umbrella Project on the 6th December to marvel at the mesmerising LED umbrella display? Taking place from St George's Tower to the ROSE Community Centre. All activities are free to attend but you may need to book in advance for some events to secure a spot.
2. Christmas at Kensington Palace
From 1st December to New Year's Day, Kensington Palace is taking an educational approach to the festive season, by taking visitors back in time with a Victorian-style Christmas. The palace is providing an insight into many 19th-century themed activities such as, Victorian toys, story-telling, traditional festive food and decorations. Kensington Palace also displays a Christmas tree decorated to imitate a Victorian tree, and visitors can also explore the rest of the palace as normal.
There are many fun workshops to visit here too, including sessions on making your own Victorian Christmas decorations to take home, storytelling for under 7's and puppet theatre making. The events take place less than a mile from our Kensington Row development. Children and members go for free but other visitors will need to pay upon booking.
3. Christmas Light Show at Kew Gardens
The Christmas event at Kew Gardens runs from 22nd November to 1st January 2018 and presents an after-dark festival of lights. When night falls, Kew Gardens comes alive and you can witness this amazing garden transform with a magnificent light display and trail of lights. This is a great event for all ages and a romantic setting for couples.
Here you can experience giant baubles, ribbons of light, a flickering Fire Garden, singing trees and larger-than-life flora. Throughout the garden there are light trails consisting of one million sparkling lights, which illuminate buildings and heritage trees. To finish off the spectacular light display, the Palm House is lit up by laser beams, jets of light and kaleidoscopic projections. The show doesn't end here though, after the Christmas light show you can visit the Christmas market where you can enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the fire. Or you can take your little ones to the North Pole village to meet Santa and enjoy a ride on the vintage fairground ride.
Our Fitzroy Gate, Chiswick Gate, Brewery Gate and Heritage Walk developments are all located within a reasonable distance of the Kew Gardens event. You can find tickets and packages to this event and any additional information by visiting the website here:
4. Southbank Wintertime Event
Visit the Southbank centre for free to enjoy a Nordic-inspired Wintertime festival between 10th November and 4th January 2018. The event offers a traditional Christmas market with stunning gifts, delicious food and quirky crafts. Here you can also indulge in a Finnish rooftop sauna which overlooks the Thames and enjoy fondue in a snow globe.
Along the Thames there are plenty of other activities on offer too, such as, a festive Christmas choir, concerts, ABBA singalongs, storytelling and craft making. To finish off the festivities this year, the Southbank centre are also offering a vintage New Year's Eve party to bring in the new year in style. The Southbank Wintertime experience is located near to our 190 Strand and One Blackfriars developments.
5. Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Fancy ice skating within the location of the Natural History Museum's open-air ice rink? Until the 7th January 2018 you can visit this ice skating rink situated in front of the famous South Kensington museum. The ice skating rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and an amazing Christmas tree standing at 30ft tall.
You can visit the museum's café for meals and refreshments whilst watching the skaters glide past on the ice rink. There is also a Hotel Chocolat stand next to the rink where you can warm up with luxury hot chocolates, enjoy chocolate treats and buy festive gifts for that perfect Christmas purchase. You can find discounts online for family and member bookings. The ice rink is also conveniently located near to our Kensington developments.