December is just around the corner, and this means that London is full of festive cheer with high-spirited events, vibrant Christmas markets and charming Santa Grottos spanning across the city. If you’re travelling to UK and looking for spots near the airport to get into the festive spirit or simply have an afternoon to spend before your flight at Heathrow, London has no shortage of great Christmassy adventures.
Osterley Park and House
Osterley Park and House is known for its great seasonal family activities and The House is only a 15-minute drive from Heathrow Airport. Explore an enchanting grotto with Father Christmas making his way to bring joy to the kids and browse through the wreath-making stalls. Soak in the vibes of a Georgian country estate at the Osterley House open from Wednesday to Sunday. The parkland here offers a peaceful retreat for visitors to enjoy and a cosy café with festive treats. Make sure to stop by the iconic Garden House and bask in the grandeur of the restored gardens!
Painshill Christmas Grotto
The Painshill Christmas Grotto is only 20 minutes away from Heathrow and if it is a great family day out, you’re looking for, then this spot must be on your list! The secret Crystal Grotto here is a place where you’ll not want to stop clicking great pictures. Both kids and adults are sure to be in awe of the naturalistic yet magical cave with glittering water and stalactites covered in crystals.
Note: The Painshill Grotto remains closed on Mondays for maintenance.
Kingston Christmas Market
Only 30 minutes away from Heathrow Airport, you’ll find the popular Kingston’s Christmas Market. The market is known to host fabulous entertainment for kids and traditionally decorated stalls brimming with fresh festive goodies and local crafts. It is also the perfect Christmas pit stop if you’re looking for some mulled wine, dining and bar in London or quirky handmade Christmas presents to take back home. The unique European-styled market also boasts a ski-themed Alpine Village and curling lanes perfect to enjoy with family and friends.
Christmas at Kew Gardens
The magical Kew Gardens is just 20 minutes away from Heathrow Airport and is one of the most awaited highlights of the festive calendar in the UK. Book your stay now as you look out for the best London hotel packages and see a wonderfully decorated botanic garden full of seasonal sounds and glistening lights display for an incredible experience. Discover light tunnels, a mesmerising fire garden, larger-than-life illuminations, and a plethora of independent street food vendors.
Running from 15th November’23 to 7th January’24, take some time to explore the rare tree species drenched in jewel-like colour and suit your palate with delicious festive delights, especially the spiced winter warmers!
Christmas at Hampton Court Palace
Get into the festive spirit as you celebrate Christmas at the one-of-a-kind Hampton Court Palace. Shop handmade artisan gifts in the most unique festive setting and enjoy the historical Tudor music playing in the backdrop. If you have more time on your hands, test your ice-skating skills at the stunning outdoor rink here from 17th November to 7th January (excluding Christmas Day).
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