The UK is a wonderful country to live at Christmas time. It is easy to forget this fact when you have one eye on the bills, it’s raining and you’re getting stressed out with last minute Christmas shopping. However, Christmas films on the television, walks in the crisp winter air and the atmosphere in the city as people enjoy the music and present-buying is unparalleled around the world. Here are some other wonderful Christmas activities to help you make the most of being in the UK this Christmas.
Go to a Market
Christmas Markets have enjoyed widespread popularity in cities and towns all around the country since they were reintroduced some years ago. What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than eating some seasonal local produce, buying unusual crafty gifts and enjoying some traditional songs all under your local towns Christmas lights?
Another tradition which has been revived in recent years is the outdoor ice rink. This fun family activity can be enjoyed in towns such as Manchester (Trafford Centre), London (Somerset House), Brighton and Edinburgh.
If the kids are getting too much in their Christmas excitement you may want to take them out to a museum or art gallery for the day. The London Film Museum is running their Bond in Motion exhibition until New Year’s Eve a perfect way to compliment the array of 007 movies that will doubtless be on TV this festive period. To coincide with another high profile film, the Museum of London is running A Bear Called Paddington while Cadbury World in Birmingham run their Christmas Celebration Weekends until the 21st December.
City Breaks and Getaways
If you want to travel a little further afield, holiday operators such as UK Breakaways run great package holidays to destinations all over the country. Whether you want a festive city break to Birmingham or Newcastle or would rather go to a traditional destination for a Llandudno holiday or Southport Pontins, you will be able to find a great getaway for a decent price.
This may be quite an obvious choice for the Christmas period with every C-list celebrity fronting a below par pantomime. However, there is more going on in a lot of theatres around the festive period. Don Quixote runs at the Royal Opera House, London from 25th November – 22nd January while in Manchester Shrek The Musical is on at the Palace Theatre and Bristol Theate-goers can enjoy a performance of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped.
Lapland UK brings Santa closer to home by relocating the big man’s mythical arctic residence to Berkshire. Established by a husband and wife team who got sick of the cheesy grottos offered by big shopping centres, Lapland UK provides a full experience for your little ones and ensures they will believe in Father Christmas for a good few more years to come.