Winter is here and we’re looking forward to the season of festivities. All regions of the country celebrate this festive season in different ways, with events taking place in most of the major cities through out the UK. Joyful festivities such as the Hogmanay festival in Edinburgh to the quaint Christmas markets which offer mulled wine and mince pies. Which events are worth going to this season in your area?
The Best Seasonal Festivities in London
Leicester Square Market in Leicester Square – We already mentioned the events at Leicester Square in Santa’s schedule, but we have decided to mention this event to you again as it’s such a wonderful cosy Christmas festivity that both the young and the old alike will enjoy. The traditional Christmas market will be the host to Santa’s grotto and the wooden Spiegeltent will be where circus acts and Christmas shows will take place. Tickets will need to be purchased for the various shows, but there is no charge for entry to the market. This event runs from the 11th November through to 8th January.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – Does seasonal food and drinks along with a festive market and a spectacular Christmas funfair sound good? Then make sure you put Hyde Park at the top of your list of places to go over the Christmas period. Although this event does get extremely busy, the atmosphere is amazing and there’s more than enough time to go and check this event out, as it runs from 18th November through to 2nd January and opens at 10.00am through to 10.00pm every day.
The Best Seasonal Festivities in Oxford
Christmas at Blenheim in Oxford – A seasonal event that stands out from all the others takes place at Oxfordshire’s historic Blenheim estate. The estate’s paths become a festive trail, seasonally illuminated and winding their way through singing trees, a tranquil lake where boats that are brightly lit gently float, a fire garden and beautiful parkland. If the tickets are purchased in advance, the event costs between £16 for adult and £10 for children. The event is well covered by Oxford’s stagecoach services, perfect if you want a festive evening out with a drink or two of spiced cider.
This event runs from 25th November through to 2nd January.
The Best Seasonal Festivities in Scotland
Glasgow’s Christmas Lights and Market – Glasgow is staging two Christmas markets this year, one at St Enoch Square, starting on the 10th November, and one in George Square which starts slightly later on 26th November, so now there is no need to head off to Edinburgh for your Christmas magic! Both markets will be lit up with twinkling overhead Christmas lights and there will also be plenty of festive delights and fairground rides. The 20th November is the date that the Christmas lights will be switched on.
Christmas in Edinburgh 2016 – Most Christmas events are held in a specific location within a town, not in Edinburgh! When winter arrives, the whole city becomes alive with events such as the Christmas tree maze to the ice wall and ice skating. Not forgetting of course the gigantic Christmas market and all the thrills of the funfair. This event runs from 19th November through to 7th January and offers something for all ages; the whole of the city’s shopping area is taken up with the festive activities, so you really can’t miss it!
The Best Seasonal Festivities in the North West
Chester Christmas Market in Chester – With thanks to the town’s historic streets and delightful shops, Chester has a very festive feeling at this time of year. The Christmas market in Chester is an absolute delight with a large Christmas tree circled by over 70 stalls.
The market is open every day of the week and runs from 18th November through until 18th December.
Winter Wonderland in Manchester – For those that love Christmas this event should not be missed! This is the largest indoor Christmas themed park in the UK where you will find a Christmas circus, fun rides, wonderful stalls selling food and drink and many, many other attractions. The price of the ticket is for a session (4 hours), which allows free rides, a visit to see Santa and entry to see the Basil Brush show and cost £19.50 for both children and adults (infants under three are free) there are however discounts for OAP’s and large family groups.
The event runs from 10th December until New Year’s Day.
The Best Seasonal Festivities in the North East
Christmas in Narnia in Newcastle – Although there will be many festive events and market stalls within the city centre, it’s the historic Castle Keep and the Black gate that will be holding the most unforgettable festive event, ‘Christmas in Narnia’.
This event, inspired by the writer C.S.Lewis, will host character appearances, there will also be craft stalls, Santa’s grotto, various festivities and, we mustn’t forget, food!
This event runs on 10th and 11th December between 10.00am and 5.00pm and although the event is free, tickets must be brought for specific activities such as the Ice Queen’s Lair and Santa’s Grotto. More details about this event are available here.
Double Christmas Markets in Newmarket – Newcastle’s Grey’s Monument is holding a double Christmas mark this year over the festive period. On the 19th November the International Christmas market arrives which will offer stalls and different foods from around the world. This market will leave on the 11th December to be then followed by the traditional Christmas market on the 12th December and will offer the more traditional gifts and well loved beers. The second market will run until 18th December.
Durham Christmas Festival in Durham – This award winning traditional festive event is held within and around Durham Castle and Cathedral. For three days the whole city centre will be the host for a number of festive activities like craft marquees, outdoor Christmas markets, carol singing and various entertainments for the whole family.
This event takes place from the 2nd December until the 4th December and is free, although it must be noted that there is a charge of £3.00 to enter the craft & gift marquee on the Friday and £4 on the Saturday and Sunday.