15 Things To Do In The UK This Christmas Season

By Tom Stutt / Nov 12, 2018

With the Christmas season creeping up on us fast, LTST have put together a list of 15 great attractions and things to do in the UK to get you in the festive spirit.


Festival of Light – Longleat

Stunning Chinese lanterns light up Longleat. Marvel as you and our heroes discover wondrous scenes, from the exotic to the glacial, filled with astonishing creatures, magnificent scenery, stunning structures and sensational modes of transportation, as you embark on this epic adventure.

10th November 2018 – 6th January 2019

More info at https://www.longleat.co.uk/festival-of-light


Christmas Market – Bath

The award winning Bath Christmas Market is back this year with over 180 twinkling chalets spread out across Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets.

22nd November — 9th December

More info at https://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – London

The massive Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park London is back with loads in store for this year.

With lots of new attractions including Peter Pan on Ice, Teletubbies Christmas Show, Ice Sculpting Workshops, and their very own Comedy Club but also not to forget the returning favorites, including an even bigger ice rink, jaw dropping acts in the Circus MegaDome and so much more.

23rd November – 6th January 2019

More info at https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/


Polar Express – Birmingham

The Polar Express is in Birmingham for Christmas 2018. Trains are set to depart Birmingham Moor Street from Thursday to Sunday each week from November 29 to December 23.

The experience will see guests arrive at a festively-decorated Platform 4 at Moor Street. Passengers will be read the story of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.

Upon arrival at the North Pole, keep your eyes peeled for Santa, his sleigh, a bag of toys and a giant Christmas tree.

29th November – 23rd December



The Great Skate – Newport

Celtic Manor Resort once again is hosting a glistening ice ring under a crystal roof in the setting of the resort’s Rooftop Garden. You can also warm up with hot chocolate or a festive tipple and savour the flavour at the Bratwurst Grill.

23rd November – 6th January 2019



Christmas Cave Experience – Dan-yr-Ogof

In the Welsh caves at Dan-yr-Ogof whose entrances are guarded by gigantic, but friendly dinosaurs lies Wales’ only natural Christmas grottos.

Open every Saturday and Sunday throughout December and Christmas Eve

More info at https://www.showcaveschristmas.co.uk/dan-yr-ogof-cave/index.php


Victorian Christmas – Aberdulais Falls

Why no start a new family tradition this Christmas with our after dark experience at Aberdulais. Wrap up warm and take a candlelit walk to the waterfall plus more.

14th and 21st December

More info at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/aberdulais-tin-works-and-waterfall/features/victorian-christmas-at-aberdulais


Giant Lantern Parade – Cardigan

Small World Theatre is delighted to announce that Cardigan can look forward to another creative and imaginative Giant Lantern Parade on 7 December 2018.

7th December

More info at http://smallworld.org.uk/event/giant-lantern-parade/



Baby Loves Disco’s Christmas Cheer – Edinburgh

Baby Loves Disco returns for Christmas 2018 in Edinburgh with its unique dayclubbing experience for parents with babies, toddlers and young children.

9th December – 23rd December

More info at http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/baby-loves-discos-christmas-cheer


Irn Bru Carnival – Glasgow

Europes largest indoor funfair at The SEC Glasgow

20th December – 13th January 2019

More info at http://www.irn-bru-carnival.com/


Santa Dash – Dundee

Dundee’s Annual Charity Santa Dash is coming back to the streets on Sunday 2 December 2018. Once again money will be raised for The ARCHIE Foundation. Over 1000 “Santas” will be taking part and getting into the Festive Spirit.

2nd December

More info at http://www.leisureandculturedundee.com/santadash


Northern Ireland

The Magic of Christmas – Belfast

Following its huge success last year, this magical concert is now a central part of the Orchestra’s annual festive offering. This spectacular show, which also features West End stars Shona Lindsay and Michael Dore, along with Belfast Philharmonic Choir, includes all your Seasonal favourites – with songs such as Winter Wonderland and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, it’ll definitely ‘look a lot like Christmas’!

19th December

More info at https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/the-magic-of-christmas/


The Jungle Christmas Wonderland – Magherafelt

The Jungle’s Christmas Wonderland is the perfect festive family day out and offers something for all ages, just outside Magherafelt in the heart of Northern Ireland.

Multiple dates throughout December

More info at https://www.thejungleni.com/event/christmas-wonderland/


Winter Circus – Belfast

Those wonderful, wacky folks down at Tumble Circus are back again! Following on from the established successes of last year’s event, this Festive season promises to delight and amaze Belfast audiences with the launch of the thrilling ‘Winter Circus’ shows! in Writers Square, Belfast.

14th December – 1st January 2019

More info at https://www.tumblecircus.com/


Spirit of Christmas – Ballycultra

Leave the hustle and bustle of the high street behind this festive season and step back in time to Ballycultra where you’ll experience the magic of a truly traditional Christmas from 100 years ago.

7th December – 21st December

More info at https://www.nmni.com/whats-on/spirit-of-christmas-at-ballycultra

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