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19 December 2018   |   Blog   |   

Christmas traditions in London

There are few places that can match the sense of history and wonder at Christmas time than that of London.

Thanks to the popularity of classic London-set Christmas tales like Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ the city still holds a fond place in the minds of many international visitors around Christmas time.

The same can be said for the London Marathon which attracts thousands every year. We should know; Sports Travel International have been organising London marathon trips for decades! So if you find yourself in the English capital around Christmas, here are a few things you might want to check out:


  • London Christmas Markets

As you can imagine with a city the size of London there is more than just one Christmas Market to choose from. Christmas markets of varying different shapes, sizes, designs and origins pop up all over the city to take advantage of the building Christmas spirit. The iconic Camden market is home to one of them. Here you’ll find more than 1000 vendors (yes, you read that right) serving up some of the best Christmas grub from all over the world as well as other festivities and activities the whole family will enjoy!

Or if you’re looking for some Christmas entertainment Leicester Square is always a favourite! They tend to put on numerous Christmas shows around this time of year.

You’d be silly to miss out!


  • Ice Skating at Somerset House

Before you ask… No, you can’t actually skate inside Somerset House. That would be ridiculous and probably quite dangerous! The skating rink is actually located directly facing the house in the Edmond J. Safra fountain courtyard and is big enough to hold hundreds (literally!). And if the skating alone isn’t enough for you there’s some deliciously warming food and drink to be had at Fortnum’s Lodge.

A perfect romantic evening for couples looking to do some ice gliding.


  • Christmas at Kensington Palace

If you and your family want to get a real sense of history then visiting Kensington Palace during the holidays is your best bet by far. In the month of December trips to the Palace are designed to give you an insight into what Christmas was like for people in the 19th century.

There are activities to keep the kids entertained, while the adults might be more interested in the expert talks and presentations on how the palace has evolved over the years through many Christmases.

Definitely one for the history buffs amongst you!


  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Lots of places like to use the title ‘Winter Wonderland’ around this time of year, but the team at Hyde Park really means it! Every year the entire park is transformed into a Christmas village complete with light displays, stalls, rides and much more.

On top of this there’s also plenty in the way of entertainment with professional ice skating shows, movie screenings, and plenty of kid-friendly stage shows that will really give them a feeling of Christmas cheer.


Packages for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon have sold out. BUT not to panic, if you want to visit England’s capital and enjoy your trip as part of a running holiday, we have the Vitality Big Half Marathon event, which not only takes you through a similar course as the start of the London Morathn, but is also brought to you by the Virgin Money London Marathon event organisers too! You can find out more about the Vitality Big Half Marathon here > 




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