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Christmas in London

“There’s no place like home for the holidays” indeed. This December, it’s time to rediscover London, dreary weather aside. Christmas in the capital can actually be magical.

Dazzling décor. Trafalgar Square has a 20-metre Christmas tree, a gift from Norway for the help the British gave during World War II. An ultramodern display by the United Visual Artists is seen in Covent Garden, where tubes of light emit music and sway along. Reindeer, sleighs, and fir trees fill Bond Street when it closes for the lighting of Christmas lights.

Electrifying events. Help raise funds for cancer research by playing a game! The Great Christmas Pudding Race 2008 is a fun obstacle course where you balance a plate of pudding all throughout… in a fancy costume! Salivate at the "Gordon Ramsay Presents A Taste of Christmas" event, with cook-offs and food demonstrations by the celebrity chef. There are food stalls and famous guests too.

Scintillating Shopping. With Westfield London’s 3D Interactive Christmas Grotto, meeting Santa and making a Christmas wish has just become high-tech. You won’t run out of gift ideas with shops such as Crocs, H&M, Dior, Tiffany & Co., and Crabtree & Evelyn. “The Worst Gift is a Fruitcake: Christmas Sale” features artwork ranging from photography to paintings, which can be purchased from Mondays to Saturdays. Because really, who wants to receive a fruitcake for the holidays?

Cool concerts. At the St. Paul Cathedral, Midnight Mass and Christmas carols are a cherished tradition. At the Royal Albert Hall, the Christmas Carol Singalong 2008 will be held, where the audience is the star, accompanied by the London Concert Chorus and Orchestra in tunes like “White Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

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