The time is near to get your Christmas tree purchased, your mistletoe ready and your Christmas plans sorted. From the annual spectacular that is Winter Wonderland through to ice rinks, Christmas lights trail and winter festivals, these are all the best things to do across the UK this Christmas 2017.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Where: Hyde Park, London
When: Fri 17th Nov – Mon 1st Jan0.
It wouldn’t be Christmas in London without a visit to Hyde Park’s spectacular Winter Wonderland. The landmark event has been so popular with Londoners and tourists for over the past 10 years since it began. For Christmas 2017, Winter Wonderland is offering a dazzling array of activities and entertainment. Enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have a deep sea adventure, see thrilling circus shows and much more.
Eden Project Festival of Light and Sound
Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall
When: Sat 25th Nov – Sat 30th Dec
Want to experience the Eden Project as you’ve never done before? Then head over to Cornwall to witness an unforgettable display of light, music, colour and sound. Expect spectacular light projections, lasers interacting with natural phenomena including rain, plants and people.
Botanical Gardens Christmas Trail
Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham
When: Wed 29th Nov – Mon 1st Jan
There’s something for everyone this Christmas at Botanical Gardens as a sparking path winds its way through the gardens, including trees dipping with giant crystals, a flickering fire garden, a twinkling tunnel and a lawn that dances in time to Christmas classics. For the young ones, there are many rides including a Victorian carouse, a steam-boat swing and a giant bauble at the giant Christmas tree.
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
When: Fri 24th Nov – Sat 30th Dec
If you love animals and Christmas then visiting Chester Zoo should definitely be part of your Christmas 2017 plans. Chester Zoo transforming into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure. With incredible lanterns and performances, it’s a perfect heart-warming festive event for all generations. The lantern route will be filled to the brim with sacks of lantern toys and boxes of lantern presents pilled high.
Elf the Musical
Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester
When: Fri 24th Nov – Thur Jan 7th
Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Farrell, ELF’s production features direction and choreography by Morgan Young (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). This is a hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.
If you want to know more about musical plays then read our other blog on the top 10 best plays in London right now.
New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival
Where: Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne
When: Sat 31st Dec
Why not kick off 2017 in style at one of the country’s biggest new year’s Eve parties. In a traditional music and dance meets carnival performance, Newcastle’s Winter Carnival Parade will be home to other-worldly creatures, puppets and streets bands.