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Your guide to the festive season starts here!

Your guide to the festive season starts here!

London has been in Christmas spirit since mid-November, when the first shops started decorating their windows for the festive season. Since then, we have had several Christmas markets opening in the capital. To save you time browsing, we have listed the best options open now.

Winter Wonderland: It can’t get any more traditional than this! Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a proper London Christmas tradition. It marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the capital. Entrance to the market is free, and you could easily make a day of it, as there is just so much to do! Tickets for the main attractions, such as their huge ferris wheel, circus tent, Ice Kingdom and ice rinks vary between £7 and £14, depending on dates and attraction. Open until 4 January 2015.

Winterville: This is a brand new option for those avoiding more touristic options. First of all, it is located in lovely Victoria Park, in the heart of trendy East London. Winterville is a good alternative for anyone avoiding crowded places. It owes nothing to the biggest attractions such as Winter Wonderland. It has ice rinks, special horse-driven carriages, a roller disco with trendy DJs and much more. Open until 1 January 2015.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival + Real Food Christmas Market: The food market is part of their winter festival, which also has many varied attractions. Their festive season is transforming Southbank for the next weeks. You can browse wooden chalets filled with festive food and drinks, such as mulled wine and gingerbread. It’s also a great place to do some original Christmas shopping. Among the attractions, you can find a tree maze, sculptures by the artist Amanda Parer and many more. Open until 11 January 2015.

Covent Garden Market: Being the closest to our school, Covent Garden Market is easily accessible after class. You could pop up to check their outstanding Christmas decoration. The Piazza is completely decorated to make you feel the true Christmas spirit in the city centre. Open until 2 January 2015.

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