10 UK Christmas Attractions for All the Family

10 UK Christmas Attractions for All the Family

Christmas is a magical time, especially when you have children in the family who can be swept up in the wonder of it all. But even if you don’t, the cold days & nights can provide an enchanting backdrop for adults as well. Below are just 10 of the best Christmas attractions in the UK this year.

Burning the Clocks, Brighton

Held on the traditional Pagan holiday of December 21st, this festival brings the religious (Christmas) celebration together with a traditional (Pagan) festival in a stunning light display. Laterns are lit and taken on a procession through the city to Brighton Beach where they are burnt along with a scultural light and fireworks set to music.

The parade starts at 6.30pm and is free to attend. More information can be found at www.samesky.co.u

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Living Advent Calendar, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Taking the original idea from Sweden, this living advent calendar is just a brilliant idea. Each participating building in the town opens a door or window throughout advent to display an arts performance – choirs, rock bands, poetry, comedy sketches – they are all covered, each with a festive theme.

Doors & windows open every day at 6.15pm until December 24th

The Snowman, East Mids & North-West

The Snowman is THE Christmas animation for all ages, and this year there’s a new way to watch the classic film – accompanied by a full, live, 25-piece orchestra playing the original score.

Between December 7th-18th it will visit New Mills, Chesterfield, Buxton, Kirk Hallam, Sheffield, Derby, Chester, Stoke, Warrington and Kendal. Adults are £13-£17, kids are £8-£10. More info at www.carrotproductions.com

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Immersive Fairytales, Stratford, London

For those with kids who are not easily scared, this one should test their resolve. Taking part in an abandoned house, the tour includes an immersive experience with howling winds, wild animals, creaking trees and a fair few frights along the way. Along the road in the Olympic Park there’s also Storytelling at Night with song, dance & puppetry.

Hidden House from £4 or £10 for an extreme experience until January 4th.

Fairytales at night is free, 13th-14th December at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Undergound Grotto, Wales & Gloucestershire

You can find the worlds biggest underground trampoline at Bounce Below, Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Open all year round, it has a seasonal theme for the three December weekends leading up to Christmas with light displays and a Santa’s Grotto. Kid’s get 15 mins of bouncing and a visit to the grotto. Nearby you can also visit Clearwell Caves, where kids can enjoy some festive playtime in the ancient iron mines.

Bounce Below, kids £15, adults £5 but you must book ahead – www.bouncebelow.net

Clearwell Caves Nov 29th-Dec 23rd, £9 all entires, open 10am-5pm but later on Fridays – www.clearwellcaves.com

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Theatrical Grotto, Plymouth

Bringing a grotto to life so that you’re child can take more than just a present away seems to be the main objective for the Radient Art Gallery in Plymouth. A miniature theatre experience with elaborate productions are all you need to whisk your little ones away to a magical fantasy land.

£5 until December 23rdwww.eff.org.uk

Immersive Fairytales, Stratford, London

For those with kids who are not easily scared, this one should test their resolve. Taking part in an abandoned house, the tour includes an immersive experience with howling winds, wild animals, creaking trees and a fair few frights along the way. Along the road in the Olympic Park there’s also Storytelling at Night with song, dance & puppetry.

Hidden House from £4 or £10 for an extreme experience until January 4th.

Fairytales at night is free, 13th-14th December at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Gardens of Light, Bournemouth

On Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, you’ll find 10 beach huts converted into illuminated pods with light sound & video installations. There’s also a giant lava lamp, a modern grotto and an ice rink.

Free entry until January 4thwww.makeitbournemouth.co.uk

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Celebrate Saturnalia, Hampshire

An alternative celebration can be had at Butser Ancient Farm on December 19th, at the Roman Villa. The celebration of Saternalia can be discovered with gift-giving, candle lighting and a procession with the awakening of a Roman god.

£10 for children includes one adult – www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Grown-up Grottos, East London

For the adults amongst us, Shoreditch Town Hall is offering  an alternative to the normal Grotto. With a play from experimental Shuut theatre group, this is definitely one for the over 18’s and goes on from 8pm to 2am, so you’ll need some stamina!

Open 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th December, £16.50 – www.ticketsource.co.uk

Whin Park, Inverness

A winter wonderland very much aimed at the little ones. Free to enter, this adventure playground transforms into a wonderful winter wonderland that elsewhere would come with a charge to enter. There’s illuminations, cartoon charaters and an appearance from Father Christmas guaranteed – www.invernessfestivals.com

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