Photo Journal: London at Christmas

Over the Christmas/holiday season, my family and I had the absolute pleasure of spending a few wonderful days in London. It was last minute and quite ‘uhhh what are we going to do?’ but turned out to be a real highlight of the end of the year.

If you are starting to think about what a holiday season would be like in London, take a look at some of these photos. I only had my iPhone (as this was unplanned) but I think I managed to capture the real holiday spirit. I love London, as you know, but I love it even more when it is glittery and decorated for the holidays. If you are looking for a destination for next Christmas, I highly recommend London. It is busy and crowded but there is something magical in the air during the holidays that even my husband, a Brit that pretends to be unimpressed with London, can admit to 😉

We didn’t make it to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this year but we have gone in years past and enjoyed ourselves, despite the cost and crowds!

Enjoy!

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Tower Bridge and the Christmas Market along the south bank
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My favourite piece of graffiti in London!
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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (made me think of my nephew back in Canada!)
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Loved all the lights leading up to the London Eye
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Sunny sky and Parliament (Big Ben is actually the bell inside the clocktower but I think it is safe to say we all refer to this image as Big Ben now)
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Had to snap this quickly before the changing of the guards-he was about to move and the crowd tripled in size in seconds!!
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The London Coliseum featuring Giselle by the English National Ballet
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A photo for my daughter
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Morning walk to Covent Garden
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What else can you say?
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Perfect end to a few days in London!

 

During our trip we stayed at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and we all absolutely loved it! We woke up with the most beautiful view of Parliament and enjoyed everything else in-between. We’ll be back!

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View from our window – good morning, London

Photo credit: Jennifer Hart

MarchĂ© de NoĂ«l and Santa’s Village

****I was meant to post this sooner to be more relevant for Christmas but I chose not to out of respect for Berlin.

I begin this post with a moment of reflection on the recent tragic events that occurred at Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market in Berlin. My heart breaks for those affected by this tragedy. The pain is senseless and the act was cowardly. My deepest condolences to everyone this tragedy touched.
In local news, there is a new Christmas Market in the La CĂŽte region. Located at the new iLIFE building in Etoy (Vaud), vendors selling everything from raclette to vin chaud are set up ready to help you get in the festive spirit! The market is free but the adjoining Santa Claus Village is charged at 10CHF per child or 13CHF if you want to combine ice skating with a visit to the village. The village is open until early January 2017.

The Santa Village is located inside and is equipped with an elevator for mobility and stroller access as well as toilets. Always a plus in colder weather or with small children in tow!

In the Santa village, included in the admission fee,  you will find multiple bouncy castles, baby foot/fusbal tables, a craft centre, face painting and Santa Claus himself.  You can take a photo with Santa and have a free print immediately to take home. There is a little café for a snack or the adults to sit and relax while the kids play.

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The whole set up isn’t out of this world but it did entertain my 6 and 9 year old for quite a while.

Please excuse my photos as I know they aren’t amazing. I am strongly against taking face-forward photos of children other than my own so I did my best to capture the environment in a sneaky way!

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Ho Ho Ho!

Photo credit: Jennifer Hart