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Boxing Day 2016: Fun Things To Do In London

Travelers Today       By    Paul Beltran

Updated: Dec 19, 2016 03:48 AM EST

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Boxing Day is UK's annual national holiday, celebrated every 26th of December. It is always designated on a Monday, even if the 26th lands on a weekend.

The term originated from parishioners laying out boxes for donations from willing patrons. Another origin was that servants of the wealthy were given boxes as compensation to their services during Christmas Day.

Now, Boxing Day has evolved to a series of entertaining events for tourists and locals alike. This gives birth to fun and entertaining activities that incorporates London's culture and history into a family package.

Skating at the Somerset House. Skating is an outdoor holiday activity that brings people together. Nothing spells the holidays than skating at London's 900-square-meter outdoor rink at Somerset House. Extra packages include hot chocolate drinks, or maybe indulging on a glass of champagne with chocolate truffles.

Christmas Lights Tour. During Christmas, the streets of London are decorated and lit with Christmas lights. This bike tour provides a mix of strolling around the city and seeing different sights of famous landmarks. The tour travels at a slow pace giving time for pictures of The London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and other famous Landmarks.

Viewing of "A Christmas Carol." The essence of London's Boxing Day is encapsulated well in Charles Dicken's classic novella. Gift giving and the essence of family is well depicted with relatable characters for families. As a prominent figure from the UK, Charles Dickens is a great way to appreciate their culture and history. The presentation is held at the Puppet Theater Barage usually between 3pm and 5pm starting at the first week of December to the last week of January.

This version of "A Christmas Carol" is presented with marionettes and shadow puppets. Various lighting techniques and special effects enhance the visuals of the presentation making it fun and appealing to all ages.

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