History & Heritage

Top 10 Christmas Events

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we've decided to countdown the Top 10 Christmas Events you have to visit.


DECEMBER 7th, 2019

York at Christmas - © Visit York

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s the Festive period is upon us, we’ve scouted out the top 10 Christmas events happening across the UK and beyond. From the more traditional Christmas Festivals to the more uniquely themed events, we’ve got all your Christmas visits sorted for 2019.


A Dickensian Christmas At York Castle Museum

A Dickensian Christmas At York Castle - © York Castle

Is there a more magical Christmas than a Dickensian one? York Castle doesn’t seem to think so as they transform their Victorian street Kirkgate in a Christmassy showcase of all things Charles Dickens.

Featuring some of the iconic author’s most celebrated stories, including A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves into a magical festive experience.

Street shops are stocked with festive displays and the street will feature sounds of the season, including choirs performing by a twinkling Christmas tree. You may even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself ahead of his busiest time of the year.

A Dickensian Christmas runs on weekends from 16 November – 22 December plus 23 and 24 December.


TICKETS

Adults - £12.00

Child - £4.00

To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Natural History Museum Ice Rink

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink - © Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is back!

Experience the magic of skating surrounded by fairy lights and frost-covered trees at one of London’s most popular Christmas venues. The Natural History Museum is an historic building synonymous with mankind’s greatest endeavours and you can experience it all with a magical Christmas touch.

The Ice Rink is runs until 12 January 2020 and is open from 10am – 10pm.


TICKETS (priced during off-peak sessions)

Adults - £12.65

Child - £8.80

Family - £39.60

To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Leeds Christkindelmmarkt - Traditional German Market

Leeds Christkindelmmarkt - Traditional German Market - © Yorkshire Post

Millennium Square will once again host the annual German Christmas Market, Chirstkindelmarkt, for those visiting the city of Leeds. Featuring authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats and a traditional carousel, Christmas arrives in style.

The market is free entry and is open from 10.30am – 9.30pm (7.30pm on Sundays).


To see more/book tickets, Click here.


York Christmas Festival

York Christmas Festival - © York Press

The award-winning Christmas festival has returned to York showcasing the city’s medieval charm at this festive time. Eat, drink and see what York has to offer from their stunning markets, fairs and other stalls.

The Christmas Market and St Nicholas Fair both won Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards in 2019, proving that York knows bets how to celebrate Christmas!

York Christmas Festival runs until 22 December.


To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Chatsworth House at Christmas

Chatsworth House at Christmas - © Chatsworth

Every year Chatsworth House celebrates Christmas with a unique theme and this year is no different. ‘In a Land Far Far Away’ sees the House transform into a celebration of the Festive period across the globe. Follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart as they traverse from the blossom trees of Japan to a Nordic winter wonderland.

Chatsworth House is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and is regarded as the most beautiful house in Britain. Experience the magic of Christmas like never before only at Chatsworth House until 5 January 2020.


TICKETS

Adults - £25.00

Child - £15.00

Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) - £69.00

To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland - © AP

Located in the heart of London, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland returns for more festive celebrations. With over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, Winter Wonderland has become a staple of the Christmas season.

This year there are brand new attractions, including the world’s largest transportable Observation Wheel as well as the returning open-air ice rink, the UK’s largest.

Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is free admission though the there is a charge for most of the attractions and rides. The park is open from 10am – 10pm every day until 5 January 2020 (closed Christmas Day).


To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Disney's Enchanted Christmas - Disneyland Paris

Disney's Enchanted Christmas - © Disney

Does anyone do Christmas better than Disney? Disneyland Paris is certainly reminding us that they do. With their spectacular Christmas Parade and Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights, Disneyland Paris is all set of the festive season.

With the usual rides and experiences ready and prepared to excite and awe-inspire, Disney invites you to celebrate Christmas at the happiest place on Earth!


To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Christmas at Windsor Castle

Christmas at Windsor Castle - © Royal Collection Trust

The Queen’s speech is integral TV viewing on Christmas Day, but you can also visit one of her homes where she has previously recorded her festive message to the Nation – Windsor Castle.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Octagon room will feature a special display of gifts exchanged between the historic royal couple. Visitors can also see the magnificent centrepiece at Windsor Castle, the 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George’s Hall.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 5 January 2020.


TICKETS

Adults - £22.50

Child - £13.00

Family (2 adults, up to 3 under 17s) - £58.00

To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Northern Lights Express - NYMR

Northern Lights Express - NYMR - © NYMR

This year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is bringing the magic of Christmas with their Northern Lights Express. On selected evenings guests will be able to travel from Pickering Station to Levisham Station upon a magical and spectacular illuminated journey on heritage carriages decorated with thousands of lights.

Along the way, passengers will travel through a twinkling forest and watch a mesmerising light show at Levisham like you’ve never seen before!


TICKETS

Adults - £25.00

To see more/book tickets, Click here.


Alton Towers - Santa's Sleepover

Alton Towers - Santa's Sleepover - © Alton Towers

Every year the UK’s No.1 Theme Park transforms for the Christmas period and this year Santa is coming to visit. Experience the most magical time of the year with a Santa’s Sleepover.

Guests will be able to spend an overnight stay in one of the resorts wonderful themed hotels including a unique visit to Santa Claus himself! They will also enjoy an amazing Pantomime – Robin Hood, and be able to ride a selection of family rides and attractions.

SA delicious evening meal, breakfast, entry to the Cariba Creek Waterpark and 9 holes of Extraordinary Golf are also included!

Santa’s Sleepover is available on the 8th, 14th-23rd December.


TICKETS

From £215 per family

To see more/book tickets, Click here.

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