Christmas is coming and what better way to celebrate than with a magical Christmas event for the whole family?
From ice skating to scoffing festive treats, perusing Christmas markets and meeting Santa Clause, here we round up 10 seasonal events across the UK that you certainly don’t want to miss.
Christmas events in England
#1 Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London
A high profile Christmas event that you won’t want to miss, experience the magic of London’s Hyde Park in all its winter glory.
From fantastic fairground rides to ice skating, atmospheric festive markets and tasty sweet treats, Winter Wonderland is free entry and perfect for all the family.
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#2 Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire
A unique Christmas event that unfolds through the Arboretum’s glorious trees, which are specially illuminated and dotted with surprises.
With Santa ready and waiting to greet excited children, Christmas choirs and a huge selection of festive treats, this is another Christmas event that you’ll want to pop on your list.
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#3 Grassington Dickensian Festival, Yorkshire Dales National Park
Enjoy a Christmas event with a difference. For two weekends prior to Christmas the beautiful cobbled streets of Grassington are transformed to take you to a time gone by.
Stallholders and shopkeepers dress up in Victorian costumes, musicians, dancers and street entertainers add to the fun. You can also expect an array of stalls selling traditional local country crafts, food and goodies.
#4 Manchester Christmas Markets
Think that Germany has all the best Christmas markets? Think again.
Spread across ten locations around the city, the Christmas Markets have something for everyone. From craft and clothing stalls to cheeses and confectionery, expect plenty of Christmas shopping inspiration and delicious mulled wine.
#5 Carols by Candlelight, Goodrich Castle
Is there anything more atmospheric than beautiful Christmas carols sung in the ruins of an old castle?
Find out for yourself as local choir the Roaring Megs sing their favourite carols in the castle’s chapel and then enjoy mulled wine and mince pies afterwards in the tearoom.
Christmas events in Scotland
#6 Edinburgh’s Christmas
One of the biggest and best Christmas events north of the border, Edinburgh’s Christmas has it all.
For those brave enough, enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, sample the 60-metre-high Star Flyer or strap on a pair of skates and enjoy the ice rink.
Kids can also meet Santa and enjoy the festive fairground, while adults can partake in a festive mulled wine as they peruse the enormous Christmas markets.
#7 Oban Winter Festival
A Christmas event in the Scottish Highlands, Oban Winter Festival is well worth a visit.
From festive markets and fairgrounds to good old-fashioned whisky tasting and Scottish dancing, you can even expect a wee visit from Santa himself – all in beautiful rural surroundings.
Christmas events in Wales
#8 Santa Trains, Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway
Experience a unique Christmas event with the Santa Trains and Victoria Santa Trains all aboard the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway.
Perfect for children the Santa Trains feature singing with Santa and his Elves, while the Victorian Santa Trains on the Welsh Highland Railway provide an old-fashioned family Christmas.
Here you can expect a traditional Victorian family Christmas with carol singing on the platform, sherry and mince pies and, of course, Santa handing out presents to all the kids.
#9 Caerphilly Christmas Market
A Welsh Christmas event that will fill you with the festive spirit, enjoy the Caerphilly Christmas Market.
Featuring traditional funfair rides, yummy mulled wine, street theatre and over 100 food, craft and gift stalls there’s something for all the family.
You can also peruse the Farmers Market for fresh, local gifts.
#10 Christmas Events in Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market
Enjoy steaming hot mulled wine, delicious hog roast and mouth-watering Belgian chocolates, baklava, crepes and speciality cheeses at the wonderfully festive Belfast Christmas Market.
Experience the outdoor food court, or take it indoors to the cosy Continental Bar and Lavery’s traditional Irish Bar where you can hear some fabulous local live music.
Excited kids meanwhile can pop into Santa’s grotto to meet the main man himself.