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In Focus: Things to do this Christmas

Author Editor - 2 minute read
The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. After last year’s Christmas, our social calendars this festive season are in for a lovely treat. Whether you’re in the mood for ice skating, markets stocked with unlimited mulled wine, or stunning light shows, there really is something for everyone to enjoy this festive season. If you don’t know where to start, then luckily we’ve done all the hard work for you by giving you our round-up of some of the best Christmas 2021 events happening across the UK.

Sunglasses at the ready


Immerse yourself in a dream world adventure this Christmas as Lightopia, the award-winning and visually sensational lantern and light festival returning to light up Manchester this festive season. Get ready to let your imagination run wild and be ready to experience a breathtakingly magical journey with never-before-seen installations. You’re going to need to dig out those sunglasses thanks to all the stunning light displays taking place.


Discover Lightopia from 25th November to 3rd January 


Anyone for a mulled wine?

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Christmas is on the horizon, bringing with it Edinburgh’s famous Christmas market after a two-year hiatus. Running from November to January, the Christmas market at East Princes Street Gardens offers no shortage of things to see and do this festive season. Whether you’re keen to enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the big wheel, spin around on a charming carousel or simply enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a hot crepe while browsing the stalls, this market truly showcases its festive glory. 


Discover East Princes Street Market from 20th November to 4th January


Practice your pirouettes

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Whether you can skate like Torvill and Dean, or you’re more of a Bambi on ice, a visit to the National History Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season. Nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington museum, the spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of twinkling fairy lights and a dazzling Christmas tree. Easily one of the most enchanting places to pirouette on the ice in the capital, the ice rink was made for festive date nights and family outings. Sadly, after 16 years of skating fun, the space will soon be transformed into a biodiversity hub as part of the museum’s Urban Nature Project so will not return in 2022. So go grab your skates and practice your pirouettes! 


Step into Christmas at Chatsworth

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In the mood for a more nostalgic Christmas. Chatsworth House is offering just that. The entrancing scenes of the majestic property will combine nostalgic references to Christmases of years past with the traditions at the heart of Chatsworth’s seasonal celebrations. Be enchanting by the vintage Christmas decorations, enjoy a performance as the Chapel comes alive with traditional festive music, or enjoy an illuminated walk around the garden with atmospheric lighting bringing a festive sparkle to your visit. We really recommend stepping into Christmas at Chatsworth. 


Discover Chatsworth 


We are walking in the air

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Looking for a wholesome activity that the whole family can enjoy together? This Christmas immerse yourself in the irresistible animated tale of The Snowman accompanied by a live orchestra in the beautiful Liverpool Cathedral. This is a heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life, it is set to be a magnificent night as the orchestra comprises musicians drawn from the UK’s top orchestras. This is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations and is a sure way to create magical memories to cherish.


Discover The Snow Man Tour 2021