Christmas is fast approaching (yay!) and there’s just something so magical about this time of year; the decorations, the lights, office parties, mulled wine and so much more. So, to make sure you make the best of this we’ve put together a guide of the top UK attractions to ensure that as of the 25th December, you’re suitably full of Christmas spirit. So, grab yourself a mulled wine and read on…..
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 18th November – 1st January
Soak in the festive atmosphere in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland; Here you’ll find winter markets, warming festive food to tickle those taste buds, fairground rides, plenty of mulled wine as well as being able to meet Father Christmas himself of course. Entry into the park itself is free, however, you do have to pay for some of the attractions all of which can be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
Birmingham Christmas market 17th – 29th December
Said to be the biggest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria, the Birmingham Christmas Market includes over 180 stalls selling everything Christmas. You can feast on the genuine German Bratwurst, accompanied by a fragrant mulled wine or crisp German beer, indulge in rich chocolate crepes, buy traditional Christmas decorations, listen to carols and even sing along with the infamous singing mousse, ‘Chris’…
Christmas at Kew, Richmond 22nd November – 1st January
After sunset, go on a mile-long tour of the magnificent illuminated Kew Gardens. This year they’ve included singing trees, huge flora-inspired lights, kaleidoscopic projections and a fire garden. As always, Father Christmas and his Elves will be waiting for their younger guests in the North Pole Village, while grown-ups can delight in Christmas shopping and seasonal food and drink.
The Eden project, Cornwall October – December
Escape the crowds to Cornwall and visit the magical Eden Project. An enchanted walk through the sparkling forest which consists of an audio-visual show, craft workshops and storytelling. Work-up an appetite on the beautiful ice rink (skating penguins available for the little-uns), whilst listening to Cornish choirs. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and take a sneaky peak inside the elves workshop.
Enchanted Christmas Westonbirt arboretum Check website for specific dates
From Autumn onwards, Westonbirt Arboretum is a wonderful place to visit and during their enchanted Christmas event, it doesn’t fail to deliver…..Wrap-up warm and see the trees in a whole new light on this spectacular trail as well as enjoying Christmas crafts, meeting Father Christmas (and even Mrs Christmas) himself and taking a ride on the carousel.
Glasgow on Ice 27th November – 31st December
This is Scotland’s largest ice rink and welcomes skaters of all abilities; even those non-skaters will have the opportunity of soaking up the atmosphere in the festive lodge overlooking the rink, serving traditional food and drink.
Nottingham magical winter wonderland 17th November – 31st December
The perfect place to enter into the spirit, visit Nottingham’s Old Market Square to enjoy picture perfect Christmas festivities. Featuring over 50 huts offering traditional, local gifts. Walk amidst snow-topped trees and cabins engulfed in wonderful aromas drifting from food and drink stalls and make your way to the ice rink to enjoy a skate whilst enjoying live music.
Hogwarts in the snow 18th November – 28th January
Warner brothers most renowned set is transformed for the festive season; A smattering of snow and dripping icicles, see the makeover for The Great Hall and The Gryffindor common room. You will even have the opportunity to touch samples of the various types of snow used during production. For Harry Potter fans, this is a must.
Of course, there are many other Christmas activities spanning the UK over the festive period, including winter wonderlands, carol concerts and much much more. Why not add some extra cash to your Christmas funds by signing up to take part in paid marketing research now.