Christmas in England

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, October 2012

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The image of a snow-covered Victorian London as immortalized in Charles Dickens’s famous novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ has long been the blueprint for English Christmas traditions, with carol singers, Christmas decorations and plates of freshly baked mince pies. London might have changed a little since then, but traditions hold strong and December 25th remains the biggest event on the British calendar – a holiday season that’s all about family, present swapping and over-indulging.

The lead-up to Christmas is almost as important as the day itself, with Christmas markets, temporary ice-skating rinks and Santa’s grottoes springing up in shopping malls and town squares all over the country.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our England Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in England.

Photo courtesy of Peter G Trimming via Flickr.

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