Winter warmers

Christmas events in England

Tis the season to be jolly! England is packed with loads of things to do this Christmas to keep you warm and entertained during the long evenings. Keep the chill out of your bones by sipping warmed mulled wine as your browse the Christmas market stalls at London’s Winter Wonderland, sample delicious hot foods at Victorian-themed winter festivals, and pick up the perfect gift at one of many Christmas events around the country.

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Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Join Santa on the La'al Ratty through Eskdale

Climb aboard the family favourite 'Santa Express' which returns to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway this winter.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

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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

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Enter an underground Christmas Grotto

Enter an underground Christmas Grotto

Receive a gift from Father Christmas and follow the magical tale of Evie's Airplane as you explore Clearwell Caves.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

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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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Enjoy a Salopian Christmas at Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Enjoy a Salopian Christmas at Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Whether it is gift buying you are there for or just simply to take in the festive atmosphere, the Shrewsbury Winter Festival has it all on offer.

Location: Sherwsbury, Shropshire

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Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.

Location: Exeter

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Hug a husky at Drusillas Winter Wonderland

Hug a husky at Drusillas Winter Wonderland

A magical Christmas experience is waiting for all the family at Drusillas Winter Wonderland this winter.

Location: Alfriston, near Eastbourne

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Cambridge evensong

Cambridge evensong

The perfect musical accompaniment on a winter evening in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Christmas is early at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Christmas is early at Kielder Winter Wonderland

Visit Father Christmas in his secret woodland home, help the elves prepare for the big day, meet Snowy Owl and enjoy a magical theatrical experience.

Location: Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

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Enjoy a winter wonderland by Eastbourne beach

Enjoy a winter wonderland by Eastbourne beach

Enjoy a coastal experience with a Christmas twist in Eastbourne with markets, a charity Santa fun run and much more.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Enjoy a spot of festive shopping at Taurus Crafts

Pick up tasty treats and Christmas gifts at Taurus Crafts’ annual Christmas market.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy Christmas magic at the Dickensian Festival

Enjoy Christmas magic at the Dickensian Festival

Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Grassington Dickensian Festival with stalls, entertainment, local food and crafts.

Location: Grassington, Yorkshire Dales National Park

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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 a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Enjoy a festive day out to one of Europe's biggest Christmas markets

Wrap up warm and head down to the Manchester Christmas markets this winter to experience a festive array of sights, smells and sounds.

Location: Manchester

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Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Make your Christmas magical with a visit to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, the UK’s largest designer outlet.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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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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Experience a quintessentially English Christmas

Experience a quintessentially English Christmas

Visit the small market town of Much Wenlock for festive trinkets, hand-made gifts and sweet and savoury snacks at its Christmas Fayre.

Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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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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Meet Santa Claus at Puzzlewood

Meet Santa Claus at Puzzlewood

Enjoy winter walks in Puzzlewood’s magical woods and meet Santa Claus himself in his grotto.

Location: Forest of Dean

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