Sunday, 4 December 2011

5 things to do in the UK before Christmas

There is no place like England when it comes to Christmas celebrations! The preparations start practically months in advance and build up towards the end of December, leaving you crazy with anticipation! I always go home, to Holland, for the holidays, but there are a few things I need to tick off my list before I go. So, without further ado, I present to you my list of things to do before Christmas in the UK!
1. Go ice-skating somewhere magical. England seems to build ice rinks in the most romantic places, with stunning backdrops! My favourite is the ice rink outside the National History Museum (above), but the Tiffany's rink outside Somerset house is also great.
2. Buy something glittery. I have never seen a country so obsessed with sequins! Every Christmas you are almost blinded when you walk into any shop. From left to right: French Connection Starstruck Asymmetric DressFrench Connection Sequin PlaysuitFrench Connection Sassy Sparkle DressKaren Millen Beaded DressAll Saints Paloma DressAll Saints One Shoulder Dress.
3. Buy some make-up gift-sets (no other countries does such good ones) or go crazy and buy loads of holiday make-up at Boots, and get a free gift-set! (Left: Nails Inc giftset, right L'Oreal Christmas make-up)
4. Get yourself some Pizza Express Snowball Dough Balls! Pizza Express has a special Christmas version of their amazing dough balls, with a cinnamon and vanilla dip!
5. Wander around any city and take in the Christmas windows, Christmas lights, Christmas markets, the absolute insanity of Christmas shopping (I could hardly move in Debenhams today) and score some Christmas deals!

Happy holidays!


  1. love XMas time!

  2. Oh I wish I was in the UK for Christmas! It's too hot here!

  3. wowwwwweeee! love all the xmas lights! gets me right in the mood

  4. lovely pictures!!
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    kisses pretty and have a nice week=)

  5. Glitter and snowbal dough balls....What more could a girl need? ;)


  6. What a lovely post, you got me in the xmas mood too :) i really like your blog, if you like mine too we can follow eachother :)

  7. I love december just because this party time:)

  8. the nail polishes are nice <3

  9. I love the sparkly pieces!

  10. LOVE these pictures! They get me in the christmas mood.


  11. Really great to see a post about Christmas in the UK from a non-UK perspective! You make a good point about make-up, I didn't realise how lucky we were with cheap make-up until I lived in France last year and found it so expensive over there! We do obsess over sequins here, but you've got to love a bit of sparkle at Christmas! Enjoy your Christmas at home in Holland :)

  12. the all saints paloma dress is incredible, thank you for sharing!

    Oh - Fancy That.

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  14. one of that dresses is perfect for this time of year ! love it !

  15. We're obsessed with sequins in the U.S., too. I love taking store window photos this time of year. They're always the best!

  16. What a gorgeous christmas post. It has to be my favouriteeee holiday of them all but its always sooo hot here in Australia. As much as I love my beach days come Christmas and Boxing day I do yearn for a white christmas one year - looks like my white christmas destination will have to be the UK - id love (!!!) to ice skate at any one of those gorgeous places you described.

    Anna xo

  17. I looove that Christmas list!! snowbal dough balls??? yummy!

    I can't escape the Christmas mood even if I wanted to. I live just above Luxembourg's Christmas market.... i'm listening to Christmas carols all day long!


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