With plummeting temperatures and snow forecast for many parts of the UK, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Sparkling Christmas trees, mistletoe and wine, the heavenly smell of cooking roast turkey and the comatose feeling of not being able to move after hours of eating and drinking. There’s no doubt in saying that Christmas time is a season spent with family and friends, giving to others and being grateful for what we have.
The merry season just wouldn’t be the same without getting wrapped up and heading out to see what Christmas shenanigans our towns and cities have to offer.
If you’re looking for fun this Christmas, Peppermint has brought together a list of the top festivities taking place up and down the country this December which will be certain to get you into the holiday spirit.
Situated in cities all over the country, a Christmas Market is never too far from anyone. Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, London and Edinburgh to name a few, are all hosting their own markets. The locations create a village setting where visitors are able to wander round various Christmas stalls with food, crafts and treats from all over the world.
Victoria Park, London
Claiming to be an alternative and unique festive experience, Winterville promises to offer something for everyone free of charge. As well as a traditional pop-up town located at the heart of the country’s capital, Winterville boasts free gigs, comedy, a roller disco and a kids quarter. The experience can begin with entrance to the town on magical horse drawn carriages, and from there, visitors will be spoilt for choice with a number of local trading and food stalls.
Winter Wood 2014
Tehidy Woods, Cornwall
Created by Cornwall’s highly visual Rogue Theatre, Winter Wood 2014, is a theatrical festive woodland adventure through the trees of the Tehidy Woods. Guests will be lead through the forest on an adventure which includes Christmas stories and traditional tales. Families, children and adults will follow the trail until they reach Old Man Winter’s travelling theatre tent where they will find a variety of Christmas entertainment.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
At the centrepiece of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is the ice rink which surrounds the park’s Victorian bandstand. Lit with the glow of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights and with festive tunes playing, the ice rink is the perfect backdrop to get anyone into the Christmas spirit.
Festival of Light
Running alongside Longleat’s traditional Christmas celebrations which include ice skating, a Santa train, pantomime characters and much more, this year Longleat will host the largest ever display of giant Chinese lanterns. For something a little alternative this Christmas the Festival of light promises not to leave you disappointed, with hundreds of illuminated features measuring up to 18 metres in height transforming the Wiltshire estate in to a gleaming wonderland.
Is there a winter event that you think we’ve missed out? Let us know the winter events which are on your list this December!