Christmas in the United Kingdom is a big deal. With six solid weeks of Christmas markets, festive festivals, mammoth shopping expeditions and an endless supply of food, drink and general merriment, it’s lucky this holly-day comes but once a year. But once all the decorations have been packed away and this year’s haul of presents are safely stowed away, the end-of-holiday hole is quickly filled with some post-Christmas January sales. As we head to the high street to make good on retailers’ January sales promises, it’s important to remember that booking Christmas in January pays off too.
Toasting the Bells in Edinburgh
As the cold winds rise and the winter chill sets in, Edinburgh’s beautiful Princes Street is transformed into a labyrinth of markets, festivals, merry making and family festivities. And while Christmas in Edinburgh is big, nothing compares to Hogmanay. From a torchlight procession down ancient cobbled streets, to one of the largest street parties in the world, there’s a reason this three-day New Year’s festival is on every travellers bucket list.
Tickets sell out fast as thousands of people from around the world flock to Scotland’s vibrant capital to toast the bells and welcome in the New Year. And while you can always count on a few Christmas, Twixmas and Hogmanay deals leading up to December, accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh at a reasonable price is hard to come by. Year-round internet rates and January Sales are the safest way to ensure you don’t miss out on the magic of Edinburgh.
Getting Jolly in London
Not to be outdone by their Northern counterparts, Christmas in London is every bit as magical. Every year, one of the busiest cities in the world ditches the hustle and bustle of business as usual for a Christmas season like no other. From outdoor ice rinks and London’s iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, to dazzling lights, endless Christmas fairs and century-old traditions, Christmas in London always leaves locals and visitors alike hungry for more. So if you’re planning on forgoing the desire to seek warmer climates in the winter months (particularly now), booking Christmas in January is the best way to ensure you don’t miss out on all the London festive festivities.