More correctly known as Olympia, The London International Horse Show, this popular festive show takes place in London every year just before Christmas. It is a pre-Christmas ritual for the vast majority of the British horse world. A brilliant place to get into the festive spirit, while also doing a last-minute spot of Christmas shopping, Olympia really does have something for all members of the family as well as riders of all levels regardless of your preferred equestrian sport.
The show typically takes place over seven days with world-class dressage, show jumping and driving, alongside showing and fantastic entertainment, including the fantastic Shetland Pony Grand National, the brilliant dog agility and the famous Olympia Christmas Finale.
For most in the horse world, Christmas hasn’t started until you have attended London Olympia Horse Show. The show is held in London every year (16 – 22nd December 2019 and 14-21st December 2020) and is one of the highlights of the Equestrian competition year.
The show has the traditional favourites, like the Shetland Pony Grand National and the Christmas finale, the show will have top class action from across the disciplines, including the FEI World Cup Dressage competitions, on the first two days of the week.
The big red wall will be putting in its annual appearance, with the action turning to the show jumping and don’t forget a visit from Father Christmas himself in the Olympia finale.
Driving, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come the weekend, there is also a feast of show jumping to look forward to including the FEI World Cup jumping on Saturday and the Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday.
The show also has an extensive shopping village. Hosting over 200 stands, you can find a huge variety of places to stock up on last-minute Christmas gifts although you may have already done most of your Christmas shopping at the Christmas markets in Europe.
Snaffle Travel will be hosting a tour to the London Olympia Horse show with a pre-Christmas markets river cruise in December 2020. This will be a Christmas spectacular tour with a visit to the “Winter Wonderland and Christmas Markets” at Hyde Park, Christmas lights tour of London, Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square as well as a visit to the Royal Mews and Changing of the Horse Guards at St James Palace and so much more before arriving home just in time for Christmas.
It is recommended to book early to secure good value priced flights which will be released in January 2020 and tickets to the event are released in April 2019.
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