It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

This year will be the first Christmas I’ve ever spent in London, which is a strange feeling. The first time I won’t be spending it in the home I grew up in, with my parents and brother. But over the past five years of living here, I’ve fallen in love with how much London embraces Christmas. From the first of December, I definitely turn into a bit of a festive Felicity.

So in the spirit of it being just a few days until I open the first door on my advent calendar, here are a couple of things in the city and at home that get me in the mood for Christmas…

Christmas Lights 

Although I try to avoid the Oxford Street area at all costs most of the year, at Christmas, it’s worth a visit for the lights. My personal favourites are along Carnaby Street – the bright and colourful decorations are really fun. Yes, it’s busy with Christmas shoppers, but if you head along quite late in the evening on a weekday, you get all the atmosphere with smaller crowds.

Festive Food & Drink

Closer to home, I love picking up festive-themed goodies to snack on while I’m watching TV. Because if you can’t gorge yourself on chocolate, fudge and speciality teas at this time of year, when can you? I’m backing the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Spiced Chocolate, for an indulgent treat that I MAY have scoffed in one sitting on a sick day recovering from my annual winter cold. Pass the tissues!

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Decorations, Tea and ChocolateFortnum and Mason Christmas Fudge

 

Christmas Shows

For really getting into the festive mood, a Christmas show in London is perfect. I recently checked out the London Cabaret Club’s Winter Wonderland at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, and it’s definitely worth a visit. A stroll down through the Candy Cane Forest, lined with Christmas trees and twinkling lights, leads to beautifully decorated, intimate spaces. And in the ballroom, you can catch their run of festive shows, A Christmas Cabaret.

 

Decorating The Tree

Even last year when I didn’t spent the actual day here, we still put up the decorations in early December. There’s not much better to get you in the festive mood than putting on a Christmas film, getting out the (artificial) fir and trying to make your living room look like a festive Pinterest dream. Every year, I try and pick up a couple more decorations to slowly build up a mismatched, personal collection. These ‘M’ and ‘C’ baubles from Fortnum & Mason are perfect!

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Decorations

Giving Back

I’ve been making plans to spend my festive season doing my duty as a decent human, and using my privileged position in life to be able to help others. This year, I’ll be volunteering with Crisis at Christmas to help the homeless – I’m working two shifts over the festive period, and there are still plenty of roles left if you’d like to do the same. You can also find loads more volunteering opportunities at Team London

Let me know…what are the things that get you most excited for Christmas?

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Highgrove Organic Fudge (£2.95) // Christmas Spiced Chocolate Bar (£5.50) // Fortnum’s Alphabet C Christmas Decoration (£8) // Fortnum’s Alphabet M Christmas Decoration (£8) // Three Mini Christmas Tea Tins (£13.95)

*Gifts provided by Fortnum & Mason, all words my own

 

 

 

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  • I’m sooooo excited for all the Christmassy things in London! With some family members, we aren’t doing christmas presents as we’re low on money, so I was planning on donating to Crisis at Christmas so that someone can make use of the money! Well done you for volunteering 🙂 I’m definitely going to have a look into it!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I get really excited when Christmas is coming. I love seeing all the lights when they are on

  • You should definitely head to Liberty’s and the beautiful Christmas floor – I go every year and just swoon!

    C x

  • Gemma S

    ooh what a lovely festive package! I can’t wait to open my hotel chocolat advent calendar tomorrow – treat to myself

  • Melanie Edjourian

    That’s really lovely that you will be volunteering to help the homeless over the festive period. I always buy fudge at Christmas to bulk up gifts.

  • Claire Lee

    christmas lights for sure! I’ve been seeing christmas lights everywhere. also decorating tree is so fun, I just love christmas!

  • Ickle Pickle

    I love this time of year. Good for you in helping out with the homeless, what a great thing to do. Kaz

  • I love the city this time of year too! I think the lights and festive decorations just make you feel instantly happy. Such a wonderful idea to give back and volunteer, I have always wanted to do something like that at Christmas and always forget or just run out of time. I did host a donation page on my birthday this month instead of asking for gifts, so I might do that again for Christmas at least. Got me thinking now!

  • Ah it’s so lovely that you’re volunteering, many more should follow in your footsteps. Looks like you’ve got some beautiful gifts too x

  • Sharon Odegaard

    Volunteering is a great way to get in the holiday spirit! I would love to see the lights of London at this time of year. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

  • Vicky A

    Crisis at Christmas is so worthwhile. I donate to them most years. They don’t actually operate in Aberdeen but I just love what they do as a charity. Well done you for getting out and helping. <3

    V <3