Athenaeum Christmas Gift Guide
Look no further for original gifts this Christmas, as we unwrap our ultimate Christmas gift guide for 2019.
26th November 2018
The city’s famous zoo might not usually be considered one of the top London Christmas attractions, but that is set to change this year with the London Zoo Light Trail. After dark until 1 January 2019, a magical one-mile route will light up to give you a glimpse of the zoo like you’ve never seen before. The experience culminates in the Light Vortex, with a canopy of more than 100,000 pea lights overhead. There will also be hot chocolate, mulled wine, roasting chestnuts and a vintage carousel. Find out more.
This unusual and festive-themed exhibition by The Museum of Architecture can be explored at the V&A South Kensington from 8 December 2018 to 6 January 2019. Gingerbread City is an entire city made of gingerbread, created by architects, designers and engineers. A fascinating take on architecture and Christmas in an edible format, this is a truly original Christmas exhibition not to be missed. Find out more.
London’s Royal Parks are perfect at every time of the year – and at winter they come into their own for walks on bright, crisp days. Make your way to Kensington Gardens on 8 December 2018 for a special Christmas-themed walking tour. In particular, participants will discover how Queen Victoria and Prince Albert started many Christmas traditions that have since been transported around the world. You’ll find out some fascinating facts, such as why robins can often be found on the front of Christmas cards. Find out more.
There are Christmas markets aplenty in London at this time of year, but this market on 9 December 2018 is especially for dog-lovers. Buy treats and original accessories for dogs of all shapes and sizes – perfect for those who like to include their four-legged friends on the Christmas present list. There will also be a professional pet portrait artist for those who want a piece of doggy art too. Find out more.
This annual charity race brings colour and quirkiness to London’s streets that can’t quite be experienced at any other time of year. On 8 December 2018, watch runners dressed as their favourite Christmas characters navigate oversized slaloms and inflatables in a festive obstacle course – all while balancing a Christmas pudding on a plate in front of them! Money raised all goes to Cancer Research UK. Find out more.
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