7 Attractions to visit during the festive season in London.

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7 things to do in London over the Festive Period

The festive season is a beautiful time in London, and attracts many visitors, due to its range of activities and iconic events and lights. 

The countdown towards the festive season can be overwhelming, so if you’re planning a seasonal trip to the Capital, Pan Pacific London has created a starting guide during the festive period


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Visit London’s Iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

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This may be one of London’s most famous festive activities, based in Hyde Park, the largest of the Royal Parks. Running for 6 weeks from the 18th of November to the 2nd of January, immerse yourself in all things festive on Winter Wonderlands’ 15th Anniversary. 

With a variety of stalls and rollercoasters spanning the park, this is a top attraction for all ages. From multiple food stalls selling worldwide cuisine, to classic arcade games, Winter Wonderland keeps Christmas magic alive. This year, enjoy Winter Wonderland Special like the giant wheel that is 70 metres high. 


Enjoy a Christmas Show

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Discover the world of ballet in the festive show The Nutcracker playing at the royal opera house, performed by the Royal Ballet, one of the world’s greatest ballet companies. Enjoy a world-class show with some of the best composers, conductors and designers to create an amazing festive experience. 

Pan Pacific London has taken inspiration from this iconic play, and all our food and beverage outlets have a theme from the play. After the show, indulge in Festive Dinner at Strait’s kitchen, where the Nutcracker inspired party scene is being held in full celebration


Canary Wharf Ice Skating

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Skate next to Canary Wharf's sparkling view, with the return of their ice rink for 2022 including 12 daily 50-minute sessions. On Wednesday they host live saxophone music and a DJ throughout the evening sessions, along with various events throughout the session. 

Canary Wharf, is just one of plenty festive themed ice-skating rinks in London. Somerset House also features a beautfiul ice-skting courtyard, centered around a 40ft tall Christmas Tree. 

After a long day of skating, warm your stomachs with some toasty Ginger Lily cocktails, with a rainbow of mocktail alternatives in Straits Kitchen


Go and view the Christmas lights

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There are so many beautiful lights illuminating the streets of London over the festive season. Starting at Leadenhall Market only a 10-minute walk from Pan Pacific London, this light show features a large Christmas tree with colour-changing LEDS, incorporating garlands throughout the hall. 

Continue onto Oxford Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street and Regents Street (all within 5 minutes walking distance of each other,) to enjoy the variety of different lights, while enjoying some of the most popular streets of London with plenty of shopping opportunities.

After all the walking and relishing the lights, unwind and enjoy a Festive Dinner at Straits Kitchen


Wander through the magical markets

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Spitalfields market is well within walking distance from the hotel (7 minutes), and this year they are featuring unique fashion, accessories, art, jewellery and more! You’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas present here. 

Another Festive markey close to Pan Pacific London, is the Christmas by the River at London Brridge. This yearly spectacle has reurned and is been named as one of Londons best markets. With plenty of food, bevrage and shopping choices and only a 10 minute tubeand 15 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station

Southbank and Leicester Square also have beautiful European inspired markets, where you can indulge in a variety of cuisines and a range of gifts.

Watch a film in The Backyard Cinema


Londons magical Backyard Cinema, has returned this season, this year they have the theme of an Arctic Voyage. Before your film, follow constellations of twinkling stars that guide you to the Northern Lights and eventually to your seats (a giant plushy beanbag).

A family-friendly experince, that transports you into a wonderland of lights as soon as you step in. Getting you in the mood for your festive cinema viewing. With movies like Elf, Home Alone and Love Actually, there is plenty of range choice and defintely a movie to enjoy for everyone.





Spectate a Gingerbread Masterpiece

Lastly on our top things to do in london over the festive season, is the Gingerbread City. Based in the Museum of Architecture, this mouthwatering attraction returns to London. This year wth 5 differeny miniature cities all featuring diffrent climats for example Tropical and Polar. With over 100 arcghitcehst that have worked on this project its availble to view from Deceber 3rd until 9th January.

If you are still in a sweet mood, pop down to our patisseire SHIOK!, where we have gingerbead houses to view and purchase. Spend £12 or more and get a chance to play in our advent calender and win prizes as big as an overnight stay or Afternoon Tea for Two.


Need more suggestions on where to go in London during the day (or night)? Check out our Destination Insights for recommendations. Or send us an enquiry, and our team at Pan Pacific London would be happy to assist.  


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