Explore what the UK has to offer this Christmas with our guide to all things festive. With events from all over the country, there’s something here to suit everyone, from couples and families to groups of friends. Take the kids to a beautiful winter wonderland and watch their faces light up, or have the evening off and go for a festive night out, either of which is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit as the day itself approaches.
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
Visit the largest Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria to kick-start the festive season. Jam-packed with beautifully decorated stalls, attractions and of course a stunning tree, this expansive market won’t fail to get you ready for Christmas! The stalls offer a wide range of traditional goods and gifts as well as a great selection of food and drink for a taste of a traditional German Christmas.
Christmas Light Trail at Kew Gardens, London
London’s Kew Gardens are already known for being breathtakingly beautiful, but at Christmas, a visit to this iconic landmark becomes a whole different experience. This display of glittering trees, dynamic laser projections and changing ribbons of light will transport you to a magical winter wonderland, perfect for all the family. Walk through the twinkling Tunnel of Light with a mulled wine or hot chocolate and choose from a fantastic selection of street food along the trail.
Christmas at Beamish Museum, Durham
Head to Beamish this season and visit one of the North’s most iconic attractions. This unique open-air museum is already a favourite of families all over the UK, and at Christmas they really go the extra mile. The impressive 1900s replica town is beautifully decorated for a festive feel, while the shops are filled with home-baked seasonal goods to give you an idea of what a traditional Edwardian Christmas would have been like. Visit Santa’s grotto, show off your skills on the ice-rink and celebrate Christmas through the decades!
Ice Village, Manchester
This gorgeous winter wonderland features the most amazing ice sculptures in the heart of Manchester. Located at Cathedral Gardens, the village is packed not only with beautiful ice creations, but also Christmas market stalls, an ice Tiki bar, Santa’s grotto and a fantastic ice-skating rink. This is a great way to get the whole family ready for the festive season, and you’re sure to be spoilt for choice!
Bar Hutte, Manchester, Liverpool, London
Get an authentic Après Ski bar experience without even leaving the UK! Located in Manchester, Liverpool and London, Bar Hutte is a classic festive function with a difference. Perfect for a Christmas night out, this winter destination offers classic drinks such as mulled wine or a hot gin and gingerbread, while private booths can be booked in advance to enjoy the full Ski bar experience with your favourite people. Offering “Carol-oke”, festive cocktails and pizza galore, what more could you possibly ask for?