Lonely Christmas? Here’s 5 things you can do by yourself this festive season

by Ela Heeley

There are so many things to see in London, and that goes double for Christmas time. But it’s also a time when things are ramping up – January exams, spring weeks… You name it! So it’s not always practical to go with friends. But fear not! I’m here to spread the festive cheer. In no particular order, here are five things to do in London before the end of the year.

1. Borealis

The Aurora Borealis lights at Guildhall Yard promise to be one of the best visual displays this year. The immersive installation, inspired by the Northern Lights, will light up the city sky from 11 to 22 December. It’s the perfect event to sit in the soundscape and take some great pictures for your Instagram stories. There are free tickets available on the day between 5.30pm and 10pm. 

2. Christmas at Kew

It’s a pretty long tube journey (about an hour from campus), but if you can find your way to the Royal Botanical Gardens, there’s an adorable array of lights and projections that’ll be around until 9 January. It’s a magical walk to take by yourself, with thousands of LEDs and plenty of winter beverages available for the trail. It’s £26.50 (well worth the price, I promise!) and tickets are selling fast, so be quick to book this one.

3. Covent Garden Christmas Village

Covent Garden is decked out in glitter and lights this season, right up until 8 January. Its snow flurries have had mixed reviews, but the environmentally friendly fake snow looks terrific in the evening, and there are less tourists in the later hours if you’re Covid-conscious. There’s also an outdoor market with almost student-friendly pricing and an abundance of holiday treats (the churros and mulled cider were my personal highlights).

4. Frozen

If your budget stretches a little further, the Covent Garden markets are just a snowball’s throw away from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane where you can catch a performance of Frozen, an award-winning musical, for as little as £25. Seeing a show by yourself is just as exciting, and the atmosphere at this time of the year is brilliant. 

5. Christmas Lights London by Night

Golden Tours are offering an open-top bus tour of the best festive light displays for £26. If, like me, you’re not from the area, it’s a fabulous introduction to famous hotspots and of course, the Christmas decorations. There are plenty of opportunities for some night-time photography, The tours run for 90 minutes every day until 3 January.

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