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Covent Garden at Christmas: Lights and Lego

Posted by on Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 in Featured, News, Shopping

Covent Garden at Christmas: Lights and Lego

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town, and one of the most impressively festive quarters is Covent Garden.  We went to check out the lights and other seasonal goings on and recommend that you should too.

Lego advent calendar

Lego advent calendar

A lot of time, effort and money has gone into bedecking London with lights and decorations in the run up to Christmas – with varying degrees of success.  Although impressive, the lights in some areas of town are not exactly tasteful and understated.  If you are looking for something a bit different, particularly for the kids, Covent Garden is the place to go.

Covent Garden decorations

Covent Garden decorations

By far the highlight for us was the huge Lego advent calendar that stands at the edge of the Piazza.  Made entirely from the famous little plastic bricks, a door is opened at 4pm each day to reveal a Christmassy Lego creation.  It’s early in the month so we saw a reindeer, bell, bauble and some robins – we’ll definitely try to pop by closer to Christmas when more of the doors have been opened.

Whiskey barrel tree

If Lego’s not your thing then why not have a look at the Christmas tree sculpture made from whiskey barrels and giant, illuminated reindeer – both lurking near the transport museum.  For traditionalists, there are some more usual and tasteful decorations (baubles, candy canes and suchlike) in the central market building, and a beautiful tree in the Piazza.  Visit on a Saturday in the run up to Christmas and you can even pet a real life reindeer.

Giant reindeer

Giant reindeer

Obviously, the emphasis is still on getting you to do some shopping– and I confess that I succumbed to temptation – but at least there were some fun distractions to keep MJ happy along the way!

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