Christmas – everyone’s favourite time of year! With so much festive fun to be had, we’ve brought you 23 of the best events/activities to get you in the Christmas spirit this year.
1.Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival
Skate around Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, enjoy ice cold refreshments in the ice bar, gaze at spectacular ice sculptures and whizz down the huge 45 metre ice slide!
Open 11th November – 3rd January for more information click here
2.Winter Wonderland – London
Hyde Park in London transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the festive season and the best thing about it is it’s free to enter! Soak up the festive atmosphere, enjoy circus performances, London’s largest German-style market, rides, visit Santa’s grotto, watch world-class ice dancing – and of course, have a go on the ice your self!
Open 18th November – 2nd January, for more information click here
3.Lapland UK – Ascot
Head down to Lapland in Ascot and help Father Christmas prepare for that special day! The elves need lots of help in the toy shop, looking after the reindeer, making gingerbread men and you can even try the elves favourite sport with them – ice skating. Visit Father and Mother Christmas and receive a special gift for all your hard work! Just send your letter to the North Pole to apply!
Open 18th November – 24th December, for more information click here
4. Festival of Sound and Light – Eden Project, Cornwall
Visit the Eden Project in Cornwall and be amazed by their dazzling display of light, music and colour transforming their winter landscape both indoor and out. Watch the Rainforest come to life, enjoy storytelling, festive craft activities, songs from the choir, ice skating and meet Father Christmas!
For more information click here
5. Frankfurt Christmas Market – Birmingham
As the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, if you’re looking for a good Christmas market to go to in the UK this is definitely the one. You will think you are in Germany itself with a selection of traditional German food, drink and gifts. Tempt yourself with a bratwurst sausage or gluhwein weissbeer (wheat beer).
Open 17th November – 29th December, for more information click here
6. Kew Gardens – Surrey
Stroll along the one mile long magical sparkling path that takes you through the Botanical Gardens at Christmas. With bright lights and colours dancing over water, a scented Fire Garden, laser beams and a fairy-tale avenue of flora that leads you up to the North Pole village you really will feel like you’re in a magical wonderland.
Open 23rd November – 2 January, for more information click here
7. Eureka! National Children’s Museum – Halifax
Visit Eureka! Museum for an interactive, multi-sensory seasonal show. Follow Billie’s journey as he discovers snow for the very first time and meets a new friend who helps him discover a whole new world of fun.
Open 3rd December – 2nd January, for more information click here
8. Cheddar Gorge – Somerset
The Cheddar Gorge shops and cafes open late one evening in December so you can come and buy some unique gifts and enjoy a festive atmosphere. They’ll be a choir, fireworks display, bands, candlelit tours of the caves, pig roasts and the place will be decked out in Christmas tree and lights.
Open 2nd December, for more information click here
9. Santas Grotto
Everyone loves a Santa’s grotto, but where are the best ones in the UK?
Follow this link to find the best Grotto near you
10. Christmas at the Castle – Warwick Castle
Embark on a magical story-telling adventure with Santa, help reunite the prince and princess in time for their winter wedding, and enjoy a fabulous winter birds of prey display this Christmas. Come for the day or stay the night for an exciting Santa Sleepover!
Open 14th November, for more information click here
11. Lincoln Christmas Market
Where better to visit over the festive period than a stunning grand Cathedral with over 2,000 years of history. Stroll along the old-fashioned cobbles up the steep hill that leads to the market and enjoy a variety of stalls and fair ground rides.
Open 1st December – 4th December, for more information click here
12. Snozone Xscape – Milton Keynes or Castleford
Have a white Christmas this year and take a trip to Snozone indoor ski slope to have a go at some skiing, snowboarding or sledging. Visit around Christmas time to experience a sleigh ride and arts and crafts with the Elfin’ team.
13. Santa Underground – National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
Dive 140m underground to visit Santa this Christmas. Santa is greeting mini miners in his underground grotto throughout Decemember, and the National Coal Mining Museum also have lots of other Christmas fun including Christmas parties, workshops and fun days.
14. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink – Brighton
Visit the most beautiful ice rink in the South East this Christmas for a stunning, twinkly, romantic atmosphere. Skate under the stars against the stunning backdrop of the Royal Pavilion and the festive lights and trees.
Open 5th November – January 15th, for more information click here
15. Santa Express – Cumbria
Jump on board the Santa Express steam train for a magical ride through the Western Lake District landscape. Explore Santa’s Dalegarth grotto and meet the man himself!
Open 25th November – 22nd December, for more information click here
17. Enchanted Christmas – Gloucestershire
Visit the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire – one of the finest tree collections in the world this Christmas and see the trees in a way you’ve never seen before. With new lighting designs each year, the illuminated trail is promised to amaze.
Open 25th November – 18 December, for more information click here
18. Newcastle Gateshead Winter Festival
They really have got it all at the Newcastle Gateshead Winter Festival this year. Think fireworks, pantomimes, Elf training, Santa cruise, Narnia, ice-skating, choirs and carols – there’s plenty to keep you entertained!
For more information click here
19. Victorian Christmas – Beaulieu National Motor Museum, New Forest
Experience the magic of Christmas past with a Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu. Visit the life-size gingerbread house and enjoy the smell of spices coming from the kitchen, be enchanted by storytelling, carol singing and enjoy festive Victorian games.
20.Christmas with Santa and Little Red Riding Hood – Forest of Dean
Dress up as Little Red Riding Hood or the Woodcutter and follow the cheeky elves through the woods to see Grandma. Read the story along the way and keep your eye out for anyone hiding in the woods! When you get there say hello to Grandmas friend, Santa and collect your free gift.
Open 3rd – 24th December, for more information click here
21. Christmas at Waddeson – Buckinghamshire
The grand house and grounds at Waddeson are transformed with unique decorations and light displays this Christmas. There are also lots of festive activities to enjoy including, a Christmas fair, trail and gingerbread recreations.
Open 9th November – 2nd January, for more information click here
22. Christmas Tree Maze – Edinburgh
Lose yourself in a magical Christmas tree maze in Edinburgh, can you find the Elves’ workshop on your travels? Try and make it to the centre and back out again!
Open 19th November – 7th January, for more information click here
23. Winter Gathering – Manchester
Skate outside the stunning landmark location of the old Manchester London Road Fire Station and enjoy live music, street food stalls, bars, markets offering designer goods and an art gallery.
Open 11th November – 8th January, for more information click here