With just over a month until Christmas, some of Britain’s most festive attractions and markets have already opened their doors. From grottos to Christmas markets full of good food, booze and a swarm of last-minute shoppers, there’s something for everyone.
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
With the sound of laughter running through the streets and the smell of bratwursts and beer masking New Street, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the place to be this year. Full of bright lights and last minute Christmas gifts the Frankfurt Christmas Market is the biggest German market outside Germany and Austria, so why not head down to Birmingham, grab a hot apple cider and soak up the atmosphere, after all it’s only here once a year.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
Open from November 22nd until January 6th 2019, Winter Wonderland is not to be missed. With bars and a range of eateries lining the walkways, you can heat up over a cup of hot chocolate and fill your belly with delicious Bratwurst, flame-grilled salmon or crepes. Winter Wonderland also welcomes lots of new attractions including Peter Pan on Ice, Teletubbies Christmas Show, Bar Ice, an ice rink and more. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this truly special event, click here to find out more.
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to see Father Christmas, and you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to trek all the way to Lapland to see him. Father Christmas and his trusty crew of elves and reindeers travel all around the globe to find out who has been naughty or nice, so keep an eye out for him in your local area. The kids will love visiting Santa in his Grotto and telling him what’s on their wish list so click here to find your nearest Grotto.
With doors opening from late November to December, there’s so much festive fun to be had by the kids at this medieval castle in Warwickshire. Shelter from the cold and get settled into the castle for ‘Stories with Santa’ where the kids will get to see Santa and the Elves for a festive tale. With prices starting from £90 per person, Warwick Castle also offers ‘Santa Sleepovers’ which includes two days entry to Warwick Castle, a stay in a themed Woodland Lodge and an Elf Wake-Up call with presents for the children, how exciting! Or, if you’re fond of birds then why not watch Ernie the Owl and friends take to the skies in the Castle’s Winter Birds of Prey Show. For more information, please click here.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Lining the city with traditional wooden huts, mulled wine and gifts aplenty, Manchester plays host to several Christmas markets. With all of that dashing around for last-minute gifts, you’re bound to be feeling hungry and thirsty so why not tuck into the mouth-watering international food and drinks that the markets have to offer? As the markets wind through the city centre, it’ll be hard not to be tempted by the gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys that are available. These markets are open until December 22nd so why not check it out now?
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