Christmas in London

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I Love nothing more than going into London to see all the decorations and pretty lights. My top places to go are Oxford Street and Winter Wonderland as they always make me feel the most festive through there decorations, music and complete ambiance.

During the week I went to Oxford Street while one of my best friends was over from Spain. We decided to have the ultimate Christmas day in the city so of course we started off with a trip to Costa to try some of their winter drinks; I opted for the Gingerbread latte as it is my favourite and Alex went for the Honeycomb latte. It was the perfect way to warm up on a brisk Wintery afternoon. We then continued the rest of the day wondering around Oxford street looking at all the lights and decorations that cover the streets.

 

Every year I try and make it to Winter Wonderland at least once. This year, I went with some of my cousins, mum and one of my aunts. It was such a lovely day browsing the market stalls, listening to Christmas music and drinking lots of mulled wine. I love going during the afternoon and staying till it gets dark so that you can see everything lit up; its so pretty. Working in the dreaded world of retail means that it can be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit but this definitely helped. It was so great to just sit and catch up with my family as we don’t often get to all see each other as much as we’d like. I loved it so much, I’m determined to make it an annual tradition.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

-Hannah X

Intu Lakeside Christmas Event

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Christmas is probably my favourite time of the year; so when Voice Communications invited me to visit Intu Lakeside’s Christmas street, I couldn’t say yes quick enough.

This year, Intu Lakeside have gone bigger and better with helping customers get into the festive spirit by creating ‘Christmas Street’ which makes you feel as though you are wondering around the winter markets in Germany.

As you walk out of the centre, you are greeted by the sounds of Christmas music and obviously some Frozen songs thrown in too; which fits in nicely with the giant Frozen snow globe that you get into for a photo with Anna, Elsa and Olaf.

There are also game stands and rides for Children which looked so fun, but being 22, it wasn’t exactly acceptable to have a go haha. As well as rides, and games, there are lots of stalls around the outside which sell all the things you expect from a Christmas market including; mulled wine and beer, bratwurst and burgers, crepes and hot chocolate and probably my favourite stand, the sweet stand!

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without Santa’s Grotto but this year, Intu Lakeside have really upped their game. Not only is the grotto in the shape of a cute little cottage but the inside waiting area is all interactive to keep kids entertained while they wait, which isn’t usually any longer than 10 minutes!

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After seeing Santa, we wondered around the area to see exactly what was on offer, so obviously I went straight to the sweets and chocolate. I had the nicest hot chocolate I have ever had, I’m not even joking; it was Cadbury hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and gingerbread. I’m actually craving some right now!

It was such a lovely night, such a good atmosphere and it was so nice to meet Michelle from MichelleLousieLove. Thanks again for the invitation Voice Communications!

-Hannah X