Winter Wonderland, London / 23 Nov – 06 Jan
This year is supposed to be the biggest and best Winter Wonderland ever. The last few years will certainly take some beating as this annual event is both enormously popular and packed full of spectacular Christmas attractions. Skate around the ice rink in the twinkling glow of over 100,000 pea-lights decorating the park’s Victorian bandstand, visit the Magical Ice Kingdom handcrafted from 200 tons of snow and ice, try and pick your jaw up off the floor as you watch the stunts of Cirque Beserk at Zippos Circus, pay a visit to the big man in Santa Land and take a lofty spin over the whole enchanting scene from the Giant Observational Wheel.
Enchanted Parks, Newcastle / 05-09 Dec
This captivating and dynamic display of light, sound and performance will keep you warm and spellbound on the coldest of winter evenings. It’s an award-winning night-time winter wonderland creating a magical and mesmeric atmosphere full of imaginative displays and instillations for you to discover. Parking is limited so it we recommend you use public transport – regular services depart from Newcastle City Centre.
Mousehole Christmas Lights, Cornwall / 15 Dec – 04 Jan
Legend has it that one December local fisherman Tom Bawcock and his pet cat braved persistent storms that were laying siege to the tiny village of Mousehole (pronounced ‘mizzle’) and sailed out through the tiny quay into a raging tempest to catch fish to feed the village. To everyone’s relief the old fisherman and his feline companion returned not only safely, but with a haul of seven different types of fish. Each year the town is decorated with a glittering array of sparkling lights adorning the village pubs, shops, homes and the quaint little harbour itself. On 23 December (known locally as Tom Bawcock’s Eve), the Ship Inn cooks up stargazy pie, a local speciality, and raises a glass to the old sea dog and his, er, sea cat!
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham / 15 Nov – 22 Dec
This is the biggest outdoor Christmas market in the country and the largest authentic German Market outside of Germany and Austria. It’s practically a portal to Frankfurt; a tasty portal containing stalls heaving under the weight of delicious wintry treats and lots and lots of gifts. You’ll find presents from all over the world sitting side by side with the handiwork of local artisans offering wonderfully crafted items of every variety.
This is a truly one-off event that you will never forget. Regardless of your background or beliefs Winter Solstice at Stonehenge is a universally alluring experience that attracts a range of different visitors from around the globe. It’s a very early start as you’ll find yourselves among the ancient and mysterious stones for sunrise. That’s the whole point, see?
For more things to do in December, go to VisitEngland.com