The Magic of the West End in the Festive Season

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The city of London is a wonderful place to live, visit and explore as it has so much to offer. Its rich history, spectacular architecture and eclectic mix of shops, street performers and nightlife attracts millions of people throughout the year. The West End is a particular hotspot as it caters to everyones needs and desires; the West End includes the entertainment sectors such as the famous theatres, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and the shopping areas of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street. These destinations are popular throughout the year, but in the festive season, the West End is transformed and its Christmas spirit fills all who visit it.

Shopping for Christmas presents in London’s famous shopping areas is a wonderful experience; thousands of lights decorate the streets and the shop windows are truly works of art. In November, the festive season begins with the switching on of the lights along Oxford and Regent Street; this is a big date in the calendar as it has seen many famous faces performing and turning on the lights, such as Jessie J, Cliff Richard, Emma Watson and Robbie Williams. There is always a bargain to be had at the pre xmas sales and the shop windows and interior are gloriously decorated; Selfridges on Oxford Street and Liberty of London on Regent Street are well known for their stunning aesthetics and there is usually a grand unveiling, with people travelling from all over to take a look at the beautiful window displays. Just don’t forget to get your accommodation booked in one of the many hotels in the West End of London UK, close quarters are an essential part of any shopping trip.

For the children, Hamleys on Regent Street truly comes to life; the windows are filled with snow and images of Santa on his sleigh, elves busy in their workshops and a Christmas morning scene. It never fails to delight children and adults alike. Santa’s Grotto at Hamleys is not to be missed as it offers children a chance for a one on one with Santa over breakfast, brunch, lunch or tea, as well as meeting the elves. There is a chance for the little ones to sit and listen to stories of Santa’s adventures in the North Pole and each child leaves with their own little gift for them to remember their special day.

The Piccadilly London West End Special Offers are a great way to see the iconic shows of theatreland, such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked, and at Christmas time, the festive line up is a feast for the whole family. The Piccadilly London West End Special Offers can save you money on many shows including pantomimes, ballet, plays and shows for all the family. In 2014, the Yuletide line up included the world famous ballet the Nutcracker which was performed by the English National Ballet. This is considered a Christmas tradition in itself; the beauty of watching Clara dancing to Tchaikovsky’s music in the festive setting is as traditional as decorating your Christmas tree, and the children will adore the magical kingdom that will come to life in front of the eyes. It wouldn’t have been Christmas without a pantomime and no one was disappointed with the production of Cinderella that included an all star cast. With Matthew Kelly, Tim Vine, Wayne Sleep and Linda Gray all gracing the stage, it was packed full of laughs and fun and, even though the 2015-2016 pantomimes haven’t been announced yet, you can guarantee that it will put a smile on your face.

Christmas in 2015 will see something spectacular hitting the stage in the form of Elf The Musical. The film starring Will Ferrell which has been a family favourite for years is now hitting the West End with an amazing cast including Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh. The story is of a little baby boy who crawls into Santa’s sack and is brought up at the North Pole and, years later, realises he is, in fact, not an elf. This sets him on a hilarious adventure of discovery to find out who he is and to bring the Christmas spirit to his birth father and to sullen New Yorkers. It has been performing on Broadway for 5 years and has been an absolute hit, and it will now be lifting the curtain in London at the end of this year. This musical cannot fail to make your family smile, laugh and get into the festive spirit, so get your hotels in the West End of London UK and your tickets booked as this will be a guaranteed hit.

The Christmas delights of London do not end with the shops and the theatres, there is also another tradition that has been around for hundreds of years – iceskating. With several ice rinks scattered around London, such as the National History museum and Hyde Park, you can enjoy some family time skating within some of the famous landmarks in London. There is also the famous Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park that caters for everyone, with rides for the old and young, Christmas Markets selling a giant selection of gifts and treats, and a huge range of food and drink to suit everyones tastebuds. The West End is an exciting place to visit throughout the year but at Christmas time, it is simply magical.

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