Winter How its Meant to Be: The Best Christmas Events Near You

Winter how its meant to be: The best Christmas events near you


Winter is here and with it, the nation looks forward to the magical Holiday season. From the joy of Christmas markets to going for your yearly dose of mulled wine, to general merry making and festivities, each of the regions across the country begins to celebrate the season in its own way. Christmas events occur in almost every major city in England – but which are worth your precious time (yes, the Holidays can be a stressful time too)? From Edinburgh’s enormous Hogmanay festival to quieter Christmas markets, where will you find yourself this season?


The best Christmas events in the North East

Christmas in Narnia, Newcastle

Newcastle city centre will play host to a number of market stalls and festive events, but its most historic location will hold an unforgettable event when the Castle Keep and Black Gate hosts the ‘Christmas in Narnia’ event. Inspired by C.S. Lewis, there will be craft stalls, character appearances and, of course, food and entertainment.

Running on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of December between 10:00 and 17:00, the event is free to enter, but specific tickets must be purchased for Santa’s Grotto and the Ice Queen’s Lair. More details are available here.

Double Christmas Markets, Newcastle

If Narnia isn’t enough, visit Newcastle’s Grey’s Monument to see their double Christmas market event when the international Christmas market arrives from the 19th of November to the 11th of December. This is then followed by the Christmas Market at Monument from the 12th of December til the 18th. The first event sees stalls and foods from across the globe, while the second brings gifts and beers from closer to home.

Durham Christmas Festival, Durham

For three days only, the city of Durham plays host to an award-winning traditional Christmas festival that is hosted in and around the famous cathedral and castle. Spread across the city centre, the festival features gift and craft marquees, carols, outdoor markets and family entertainment. Taking place from the 2nd til the 4th of December, the event is free to enter but the craft and gift marquee costs £3 on Friday and £4 on weekend days.

Best Christmas events in the North West

Winter Wonderland, Manchester

The UK’s largest indoor Christmas theme park, this is an event that can’t be missed for any Christmas fans. Running from the 10th of December through to New Year’s Day, you’ll find rides and attractions galore. There’s even a Christmas circus and, of course, the requisite food and drink stalls. Tickets cost £19.50 for adults and children, although under threes go for free and there are concessions for OAPs and large families. Tickets are bought as ‘sessions’, which include four-hour stints that allow you free rides, entry to the Basil Brush show and a meet and greet with Santa.

Chester Christmas Market, Chester 

A festive-feeling town thanks to its historic shops and streets, Chester’s Christmas market is a delight – with over 70 chalets wrapped around a Christmas tree. The market runs from Friday the 18th of November until Sunday the 18th of December and is open seven days a week.

Scotland’s best Christmas events

Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016, Edinburgh

Unlike some Christmas events, which are confined to a specific location, the entire city of Edinburgh comes alive when the winter rolls in. From an enormous Christmas Market to a funfair, ice wall, ice skating, Christmas tree maze and more, you’ll find something for everyone when you’re welcoming in the festivities. Running from the 19th of November until the 7th of January, it’s an event that consumes virtually all of the city’s main shopping streets, so can’t be missed!

Glasgow Christmas Lights & Market, Glasgow

Want some Christmas market magic in Scotland but don’t want to head to Edinburgh? Glasgow is hosting two markets, at St Enoch Square and George Square, which sit underneath twinkling Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive delights. The St Enoch Square market begins on the 10th of November, while the George Square offering opens up later on the 26th of November. The Christmas light switch on happens on the 20th of November.

Christmas events in London

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

How does a spectacular funfair, Christmas market and seasonal food and drink sound? Good? Add Hyde Park to your Christmas destination list, which plays host to a Christmas celebration that’s free to enter and fun for all ages. Unfortunately, the place tends to get very busy – but the atmosphere is electric. Running from the 18th of November to the 2nd of January and from 10am till 10pm each day, you’ve got plenty of time to check it out.

Leicester Square Market, Leicester Square

We’ve mentioned this before in our Santa’s Schedule, but it’s a cosy Christmas event sure to appeal to adults and kids alike so we thought we’d mention it again. The market will host a grotto, traditional market and a wooden Spiegeltent which will hold Christmas shows and circus acts. Running from the 11th of November to the 8th of January, the market is free to enter but you’ll need to buy tickets for specific shows.

Christmas events in Oxford

Christmas at Blenheim, Oxford

At one of Oxfordshire’s most historic places, a Christmas event like few others is taking place between the 25th of November and the 2nd of January. The estate will be illuminated for a festive trail through winding paths, tranquil water and parkland. There’ll be singing trees, a fire garden and a lake filled with brightly lit boats. It’s a ticketed event priced at between £10 for children and £16 for adults (when bought in advance), but is served well by Stagecoach services from Oxford – so make sure you leave the car at home to enjoy some much-needed spiced cider.

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Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.