Cool Things to do on Christmas and New Year’s Eve 2019 in London for International Students

London is no less than a fairyland every Christmas. With the Xmas spirit high up in the air and the much anticipated New Years Eve Fireworks, the entire town literally lights up! All Londoners are in a festive mood, holiday cheer and crazy shopping, whetting their appetite with the most delish food and tripping over wine with not a care in the world. And students are definitely not an exception. You will thank your stars that you stayed back at your student accommodation for the holidays as there are some super cool  2019 Christmas parties in London this year. This once in a lifetime experience will make you want to come back for more.

London has so much to offer that students will not feel too homesick. Let us take you through some of our favourite things that you can do to witness London in the magical month of December 2019.

Winter Wonderland London 2019

Hyde Park is probably the most gorgeous place to spend time in the lap of nature. But on Xmas, it glows up for real! The Winter Wonderland in London has to be on your list this Xmas! With authentic sausages, mulled wines, homemade chocolate stalls, yum smelling waffles, live bands and more people dancing to the live bands, and the best wait-for-it THE RIDES!! Yes, there will be so many rides that students can hop on with their friends, nothing too crazy so your that friend who is scared of heights and velocity can once enjoy these with you. Do check out the mirror maze and try getting out without having your head swimming with confusion. Take a ride on the carousels and it’ll make you feel like you are in a movie scene!

Winter Wonderland London 2019

Shop For Christmas Gifts.

Each year Oxford Circus just like all other shopping areas and markets gets a festive upgrade. The lights coming on, on Oxford Circus is always a big thang and Harrods has its own Christmas Bus that you can hop on and feel the Christmas spirit with other good-hearted jolly people singing the carols. You can also shop at the Southbank Christmas market 2019 for some kickass gift inspirations. If you are on a student budget, we totally understand you. Here are some inexpensive gift ideas for the presents that you’ll be sending home on Xmas:

  • Cute Airpods’ Case
  • Throw Blanket
  • Customized Coasters
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Coffee Beans From Your Favourite Coffee Place in London
  • Chocolates & Candies

The windows in all the stores scream of the holiday spirit as well and with the holiday discounts, you shall be more than tempted to buy everything. For shopping, you can always check out Oxford Circus, Covent Garden, or head to Westfield Shopping Mall in Stratford. Our tip most London stores have post-Christmas sales so do wait for them to begin.

Christmas shopping in London

Feel The Xmas Spirit.

Each year around Christmas the National History Museum, Somerset House and London Eye transform into a frozen paradise with ice skating rinks where you will find families, tourists, couples, nearly everyone enjoying themselves. If you take our word for it the sight looks like it came out of a postcard. You need to visit this even if you do not know how to skate, falling on frozen ice will be just as adventurous and obviously, hilarious!

Ice skating rink in London

Enjoy Christmas Delicacies.

The Apple Market in Covent Garden is also a must-visit for its mulled wine, jacket potatoes, hot chocolates at Godiva or get yourself macaroons and wine at Laduree. There is so much more that will be happening at Covent Garden with the Christmas Tree all decorated and lit, street performances and handmade gifts that you can buy from a selection of amazing stalls. You shall also hear people playing live on the guitar and singing happy songs. It will all be in the air and hard for you to miss.

Xmas Food in London

New Year’s Eve London 2019

Then the most-awaited and iconic is the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the London Eye. You can buy tickets for the spectacular show, here you will find the entire London (and students of course) coming together, tourists camping out to get the best view and people ready with food, drinks and their paraphernalia all set to have a great night. At the stroke of midnight people, FaceTiming to wish their families all around the world, all in different time zones and a DJ that shall be entertaining you all night long with party chartbusters.

Student Accommodation London

You can also enjoy the fireworks from the cruise, or the restaurants along the bank, The Shard or Aqua in The Shard is also a good place to enjoy fine food and the fireworks with your friends, that is if you are not one for the crowds.

This is one event that you shall not want to wish, post-midnight all Tubes run free as a New Year gift. Could there be a happier way to start the New Year?

London Eye Fireworks

After Hours on New Years.

And if you thought we were done, then you are mistaken, we have only just begun. Once you have witnessed the spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks it’s time to head over to where the next party in town is. With most of the places throwing parties till the sun comes up, get a little adventurous, get your friends and flatmates together and head over to the next big thing in town. Here is our list:

Up On The Rooftop New Years Eve Party London

Bring in the new year with a new years eve party in London at the Up On The Roof NYE Disco. Nightmares on Wax will be joining this party for the first time. So, get ready for a night full of endless adventure and fun! 

Where: The Prince of Wales Brixton

When: 31st December 2019, 8 pm onwards

NYE Party London

New Year’s Day Parade London

Right after the New Year’s Eve Celebrations, you will witness the most amazing parade that takes place on the 1st of January. We suggest you do not miss it. The Parade is free, starts around noon and is to celebrate the good year that just went by. It is a reason good enough to be there.

New years day parade ln london

You’ll run out of time but not fun places and events to see in London this festive season. Here’s a list of New Year’s Eve and Christmas London Events 2019. You can thank us later! 

  • Christmas in Leicester Square: Head to Leicester Square for a magical experience during the coldest months in London. The market is held from 8th November to 5th January. 
  • Winter at Southbank Centre: Celebrate Christmas spirit next to Thames and enjoy festive shows, mouth-watering food, drinks under shiny lights from 8th November to 5th January.
  • Festival Horizon 2019 on Pennington Street, London on 28th December.
  • Christmas At The Royal Albert Hall on 21st December at Kensington Gore, London. 
  • Disney On Ice celebrates 100 years of magic on 26th December at Peninsula Square. 

Now with so much to do, students shall have very little time to miss home if not at all. Make the most of what London has to offer and welcome the New Year in London style.

Now let’s gear up for a London style Christmas and New Year! Unilodgers Family wishes you all a Very Merry Christmas and a spectacular New Year!

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