Seasonal celebrations

Join in the New Year celebrations to join the crowds in exclaiming out loud at fireworks displays staged around the country. It’s a fittingly colourful start to the year in which we take every opportunity to celebrate annual events. At Easter time, join an egg hunt, perhaps in a national park or stately home. (It’s a good idea to let the children find at least one.) In December, begin the Christmas celebrations by inhaling the smell of mince pies and mulled wine at one of the festive markets. Don’t miss a carol service in a centuries-old church or cathedral and laugh uproariously with the kids at a traditional pantomime.

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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations
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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Budget
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Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Go west to sample the best of festive shopping

Bath is fast becoming a shopper’s paradise – so join the fun and grab yourself a bargain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

World heritage sites
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Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

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Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

Walk in Nottingham's magical Winter Wonderland

A traditional Christmas card scene is recreated in Nottingham's Old Market Square every winter – the perfect place to get into the festival spirit.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Go ice-skating, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Walk amidst a spectrum of coloured lights at Rufford Abbey

Walk amidst a spectrum of coloured lights at Rufford Abbey

See layers of coloured light transform the stunning historic gardens of Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire into a winter wonderland, with the magic of Aurora Illuminations.

Location: Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Find your festive spirit at Salisbury's Christmas Market

Shop 'til you drop at Salisbury's annual Christmas Market, held in the beautiful Market Place.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Recognised as signalling the beginning of the festive celebrations, the annual Christmas switch-on is a tradition Sunderland is proud to keep.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm and cosy for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on in October or join in Diwali Day celebrations through November.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

See the Wiltshire market town of Devizes light up this Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit as the Devizes Christmas Festival comes to town, including fireworks displays and a spectacular parade of lanterns.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Festivals and carnivals

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