7 London Holiday Attractions You Have To Hit Up Before Christmas

It might be our obsession with Love Actually, but there's something about London during Christmastime that makes us feel warm and fuzzy all over.

The city looks like a holiday greeting card come to life around this time of year, with countless twinkle lights draped across many of its most iconic streets. Department stores and hotels get a jolly makeover, and don't even get us started on the Christmas markets and skating rinks.

As the holidays draw near, there are even more things to see and do than usual — which can be overwhelming if you're only in town for a few days. But fret not: We've built an essential list of winter festivities you should save time for. Click on for the merriest London attractions to check out before the end of the year.

Kew Gardens

Look no further than Kew Gardens for the most Instagram-worthy spot in all of London: The royal botanical garden has installed over a million lights for the holiday season, resulting in this impressive lit-up tunnel.
Ski Lodge at The Montague

Ski lodges are massively popular in London around wintertime: These kitschy, Alpine-inspired pop-ups are a great place to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and roast by the fireplace. The open-air ski lodge at The Montague On The Gardens promises a good time with artificial snow, specialty vodka shots, and an assortment of delicious German snacks. Now you'll be able to get the après-ski lifestyle without hitting the slopes.

The Ski Lodge is open till Jan 20, 2018
Coppa Club

The temporary igloo installations at Coppa Club provides the best vantage point to enjoy the view of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Thames at night. These see-through domes are fully-heated and equipped with blankets and speakers — pretty much the perfect spot for happy hour cocktails, if you ask us.
Oxford Street & Regent Street Lights

The lighting installations in Central London's shopping area is renowned around the world: This year, over 750,000 LED lights will be seen along Oxford Street, while Regent Street is dripped in gold, wing-shaped illuminations. The best way to catch them all without bumping elbows with holiday shoppers? Londonist suggests taking it all in from the 23 bus from Marble Arch.

The Tudor-style exterior of this legacy department store is a sight to behold, and the decor inside is equally impressive: The top floor is dedicated to Christmas-themed merchandise, and festive carols can be heard throughout the store.
Claridge's Hotel

In terms of Christmas decor, no hotel does it better than Claridge's. This year's Christmas tree is dreamed up by none other than Karl Lagerfeld. The sparkly installation lends itself perfectly for Kira Kira opportunities.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland may be London's most well-known Christmas extravaganza, but the real Londoners journey South to Clapham Common for Winterville, a similar outdoor event, but with less busy ice-skating rinks, more eclectic selection of shops and food stalls, and an overall more interesting crowd.

Winterville is open until January 1, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Entrance is free from Monday to Thursday and Friday until 6 p.m. The cover charge is $4 per person on Saturdays, Sundays, and Friday after 6 p.m.
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