Christmas is coming!
The festive season is nearly upon us, it won’t be long until the Christmas lights are turned on in towns and cities across the country. We wait in anticipation of the John Lewis advert and look forward to putting up trees in our living rooms. Despite the cold nights drawing in, Christmas is a magical time of year. So to help you join in with all the seasonal merriment, we’ve found you the most Christmassy places to visit this winter.
Brighton, East Sussex
This winter, be sure to visit the Royal Pavillon in Brighton for a skate around their ice-rink. With beautiful lights at night, and set against the stunning Royal Pavilion building this is one of the best ice-rinks in Britain. Perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit. If you need warming up afterwards, you don’t have to venture far to find great offerings in the bar and kitchen on site.
Don’t miss out on a trip to Mousehole this winter. This unassuming village in Cornwall really comes into its own for the festive period. The harbour is lit up beautifully with a colourful lights; a tradition that started in 1963. Over 7,000 bulbs make up this display and it will certainly bring cheer and merriment to your day.
Stockheld Park, North Yorkshire
Stockheld Park has everything you need to kick-start that festive feeling this winter. The illuminated forest and adventure playgrounds are most certainly worth visiting with their beautiful lights and illuminated sculptures. The maze also really comes alive at night when it is lit up by thousands of lights. While you’re here, be sure to have a go on the Nordic Ski Woodland Trail and the ice-skating rink. Santa will be visiting at the grotto too; so why not stop by with the kids to say hello.
Winchester is beautifully festive at Christmas-time. From the lights strung up around town, to the huge Christmas tree, a stroll around this city is sure to warm the hearts of even the most stubborn scrooges among us. The ice-skating at the cathedral is also a great way to join in with the Christmas merriment. There is now even a clear roof, so you can skate whatever the weather without the view of the majestic cathedral being disrupted.
Cardiff really knows how to celebrate Christmas. This city holds nothing back when it comes to embracing the festive spirit; and this jolliness is definitely infectious. In the centre of town you will find Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland; complete with funfair attractions, an ice-skating rink and a magical alpine village. It’s hard not to feel Christmassy here.
Edinburgh is a city that knows how to party, from The Festival Fringe to Hogmanay, and Christmas is no different. Brought alive by beautiful lights across the city, Edinburgh is home to festive markets, ice-skating, and an impressive selection of rides and attractions. Whether you want to try the Christmas tree maze or you’re looking for Christmas treats, Edinburgh is sure to put you in the festive spirit.