Why Go: If you haven’t seen Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary, or A Christmas Carol, you’ll have to take our word on it: there’s little to parallel the magic of spending the holiday season in London. Here they do it right, with lit-up Christmas trees, street decorations, winter markets, and fabulous gift shopping for everyone on your list. London is also home to four world heritage sites (Including the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Tower of London) and other world-class attractions that date back thousands of years.
What to Do: Hyde Park becomes something seriously special during the winter months. Beginning in mid November, families can skate on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink and ooh and ah over 100,000 twinkling lights. Another fun activity for the kids is the Hogwarts in the Snow tour, at the Warner Brothers Studio, where families can learn how the filmmakers created fire, snow, and ice.
Where to stay: Melia White House - Let the kids feel grown-up with their own check-in area at Melia White House, which is close to Regent’s Park and ZSL London Zoo. There are also treats such as an ice cream voucher, cookies at turn down and activities in its kids club. Stay in a family room, which accommodates two adults plus two children under the age of 11 for no additional charge.