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7 Romantic things to do this Christmas

I love London at Christmas, I've had Christmases abroad in hot countries and it's just not the same. I love the cold, I love being at home in front of the fire, I love spending Sunday's watching Christmas films, I love the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping on Oxford street...I love it all! And the best bit is that there is always so much on at Christmas time, aren't we lucky! Here are 7 of our favourite things to at Christmas in London.

1. The English National Ballet presents: The Nutcracker

London Coliseum

14th December 2016 - 7th January 2017

Going to the ballet at Christmas has got to be up there with the most festive outings you can go on. Combine that with the story of The Nutcracker, set on Christmas Eve in a snow dusted Edwardian London and you have the perfect Christmas event that captures the pure magic of the season. Over 100 dancers and musicians grace the stage at London's Coliseum where they bring The Nutcracker to life with a backdrop of beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

2. Hogwarts in the Snow

19th November 2016 - 29th January 2017

So apparently the Hogwarts Warner Bros Tour is aimed at children but here at The Christmas Edit we think otherwise! Seeing the stunning set of the Hogwarts Castle covered in snow, a tree lined Great Hall and not to mention the Griffindor common room dressed for the occasion surely makes such a romantic date setting.

3. Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

17th November 2016 - 15th January 2017

Tickets from £7.50

Skate at Somerset house seems to be an unspoken London tradition. In our opinion it's the best outdoor ice rink. Skating whilst being surrounded by the stunning architecture that is Somerset House, the lights and the giant 40ft Christmas tree is truly magical. This year Fortnum & Mason return with their Christmas arcade, a pop up shop packed with the best bits from their Christmas collection including gifts, food and decorations.

4.Christmas Carol Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester

19th November - 18th December 2016

£65 Per adult £35 per child (5-11 years)

Oh the Dorchester at Christmas, it has to be up there with the most beautifully decorated Hotels in London, just stunning. Their renowned Christmas Carol Afternoon tea returns to The Promenade with the sound of the children's school choir and resident pianist echo throughout.

5. Christmas at Kew

23rd November 2016 - 2nd January 2017

Tickets from £18 Adults / £10 Children (4-6) / Under 4's Free

We've been going to the light trail at Kew for a few years now and it is such a beautiful things to do. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are transformed into a magical after dark illuminated trail inspired by the garden themselves. Expect a display of over 60,000...yes you read that right. Imagine 60,000 lights around Kew Gardens. The dream! You can also expect A Choir of Christmas trees, A Tunnel of light, The North Pole Village and just like any good party...good old karaoke! As soon as we heard about 'the choir of Christmas trees' we booked our tickets. We will report back with what we find!

6. Christmas at Blenhiem

25th November 2016 - 2nd January 2017

Advanced priced tickets: Adults £16 / Children £10

So picture Blenheim Palace, the grand and stunning grounds covered in lights. For the first time in their history the estate will be illuminated for an unforgettable after dark festival trail, along winding paths and through extraordinary Parklands. The Gardens are being transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland. Expect a scented fire gardens, singing Christmas trees (this must be a trend this year!), a lake filled with brightly lit boats, Christmas music and of course a vintage carousel ride. Dreamy.

7. Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas

The Royal Albert Hall

Sunday 11th December 2016

Tickets: £25-£75

We are so excited about this event, The Royal Albert Hall have invited acclaimed band leaded Guy Barker to put on a one off Christmas show. He has promised a swinging, soulful night of Christmas classics with surprises and very special guests! Fans can expect everything from 'Santa claus on coming to Town' to 'Jingle Bells'. Tickets are on sale now so get clicking!


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