Top 5 christmassy things you can't miss
The Ultimate Christmas Experience in London: Top 5 Places to Visit from St. Pancras
Dive into this guide to discover the best yuletide delights just steps away from St. Pancras station. Let’s make your holiday in London unforgettable!
London is a magical destination all year-round, but during Christmas, it transforms into a winter wonderland filled with lights, markets, and traditions. If you're arriving at St. Pancras International, you're in the heart of the action. Here are the top five places to visit and things to do in London over Christmas, including the vibrant King's Cross area.
1. St. Pancras International Festive Display
As you step off the train at St. Pancras International, you'll be greeted by the grandeur of the iconic station, which becomes even more enchanting during the Christmas season. The centrepiece is the magnificent Christmas tree, often something a little different. This year we have partnered with Hatchards, London's oldest bookshop to create a 33ft display featuring 3800 hand painted books. Find out more information here.
It's a perfect way to kickstart your Christmas journey in London.
2. Ice Skating at Somerset House
Just a short walk or tube ride from St. Pancras, Somerset House hosts one of London's most picturesque ice-skating rinks during the winter months. The grand courtyard of this neoclassical building becomes a winter wonderland with a beautifully lit Christmas tree at its centre. Skating here is a quintessential London Christmas experience, and the stunning architecture makes it even more magical. After your skate, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at the rink side café.
3. Christmas Markets at Southbank Centre
A quick trip across the river from St. Pancras, the Southbank Centre hosts one of London's most vibrant Christmas markets. Browse through rows of charming wooden chalets selling handmade gifts, festive treats, and unique decorations. The market also features a dazzling Christmas tree forest, creating a festive atmosphere along the Thames River. While you're there, take in the panoramic views of the city from the nearby Golden Jubilee Bridge, which is beautifully illuminated during the season.
4. Covent Garden Decorations and Performers
Covent Garden, a short tube ride away from King's Cross St. Pancras underground, is another must-visit destination during the Christmas season. The historic market hall is adorned with elaborate decorations and a giant Christmas tree. Street performers add to the festive spirit, and you can sample seasonal treats from the many stalls in the area.
5. Westminster's Christmas Lights and Big Ben
A slightly longer journey from St. Pancras, but well worth it, is Westminster. The area around the iconic Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament is beautifully decorated with Christmas lights. The sight of Big Ben against the backdrop of sparkling lights is a memorable one. Take a stroll along the Thames Path for breath taking views of the illuminated landmarks. Be sure to check the Christmas events schedule as there are often carol singing sessions in the area.