1. Burning the Clocks, Brighton
Each year, the charity Same Sky puts on the Burning the Clocks event in Brighton where lanterns made from paper and willow are included in a procession that leads to Brighton Beach where the lamps are burnt alongside a huge sculptural light. This event happens on December 21st and the parade begins at 6:30 p.m.
2. Living advent calendar, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
During Advent in Henley-on-Thames, a live Christmas countdown takes place. A different building in town reveals a 30 minute performance that is seen by visitors as buildings open a door or window so people can enjoy the performances. Performances range from rock bands, poetry readings, comedy sketches, choirs, dances, etc. Each performance has a festive theme. This is one event you do not want to miss out on! It happens every day during Advent at 6:15 p.m.
3. Winter Wonderland, Cardiff
This fantasy world completed with ice sculptures, an ice rink, a fairground and an Alpine village is a great place to take the family, especially the kids, when visiting the UK in the winter. From mid-November to early January you and your family can enjoy attractions such as the Alpine Village and a variety of family fun activities.
4. Winter Wonderland, London
UK’s largest outdoor ice rink can be found at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. This park doesn’t only have the largest outdoor rink, though. It also has attractions such as a giant observation Ferris wheel, cirque berserk, the Nutcracker on ice. Make sure to book tickets ahead of time, because the big attractions at the park are very popular! You don’t want to miss out on the Magical Ice Kingdom or enjoying a cocktail in a sub-zero environment with friends while sitting at tables made of ice.
5. Polar Express, Seaton, Devon
Take your family to visit Santa by hopping aboard the Polar Express on the Seaton Tramway. When you get to your destination in the North Pole, you and your family can talk to Santa and admire the glimmering lights of the North Pole. Not only will you get a chance to speak with Santa, but children will receive their first gift of Christmas directly from the big, jolly man himself. On the return ride home, sing along to traditional Christmas carols. Book your tickets in advance and get ready for a Christmas trip you’ll never forget!
6. Underground grotto, Wales and Gloucestershire
Embark on a very unique adventure when you visit the world’s biggest underground trampoline at Llechwedd Slate Caverns. For three weekends in December, this underground grotto becomes seasonal and festive, displaying bright lights and festive decorations. After your kids jump around, they can meet Santa and get one free gift from the famous man himself. There’s also a Christmas market and cafe for your enjoyment!
7. Winter Park, Inverness
For a weekend in December, cartoon characters are brought to life, Father Christmas makes an appearance and illuminations display throughout Whin Park in Inverness. This is a special free event for the little kids who are looking for fun and entertainment. Make sure to hit up the playground and miniature railway, also!
8. Immersive Fairytales, Stratford, London
Begin a 15 minute journey to rescue Little Red Riding Hood while escaping the lurking Big Bad Wolf! This adventure is only for those brave children looking for an adventure of a lifetime. After heroically rescuing Little Red Riding Hood, enjoy a night of storytelling, singing, dancing and more at the Night in the Olympic Park.
These events look amazing! I'd love to see all of them. How about you?