As the days begin to grow shorter and the winter chill sets in, the UK is transformed from a bustling summer getaway to a wonderful winter wonderland. It’s a time to cozy-up in front of a fire, snuggle down with a good book and enjoy all the age-old traditions of a traditional Christmas in the UK. And while there may be no place like home for the holidays, by the time the festive season is over, you’re often in need of another holiday. If that sounds about right, check out our top tips for getting the best holiday deals, book early and enjoy a Ho-Ho-Ho-liday with Christmas in the UK.
Spreading Christmas cheer from the West End to the far South, the English capital dons a special sparkle throughout the festive season. From the giant Christmas tree and traditional caroling in Trafalgar Square, to the annual Nut Cracker ballet at the Royal Opera House, outdoor ice-skating rinks, Christmas markets and the bright lights of the London Eye, London is transformed into our very own tinsel town.
What to do:
Enjoy some retail therapy with Christmas markets in Bath, Lincoln, Birmingham and Salisbury. Experience ‘squibbing’ at the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, take to the streets in Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre and eat your heart out at the Slindon Pumpkin Festival.
Famous for its hilltop castle, cultural festivals and Hogmanay street party, CNN has voted Scotland’s majestic capital as one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a winter break. With a huge line up of Christmas markets, glittering lights, fairground rides and Europe’s largest open air ice rink, Christmas in the UK this year promises not to disappoint.
What to do:
At the heart of the festivities, St Andrew Square will host a variety of live shows, festive markets, fantastic food and musical extravaganzas. If you’re looking for a quieter winter break with friends and family, escape the city with a Railway Holiday to the Highlands and discover a side of Scotland you’ve never seen before.
When it comes to spending quality time with family and friends, Christmas in Wales will ensure you get all you could ever want for Christmas. With all the charm of quiet village living, as well as the festive season madness of the bigger cities too, Wales offers anyone looking to spend Christmas in the UK the best of both worlds.
What to do:
Enjoy ghosts of Christmas past at a Welsh Castle, take a walk along the Coastal Path or go shopping at the Swansea, Cardiff and Blackwood markets. Wrap things up with the Caerphilly or Llandudno Christmas Fayres, take a Santa Special train ride in Llangollen and let the Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival leave you hungry for more.