Burning the Clocks Festival, Brighton. 21 December. The shortest day and the end of the year are celebrated with a huge lantern parade through Brighton’s streets, culminating in a huge bonfire on the beach! http://www.samesky.co.uk/events/burning-the-clocks
Grassington Dickensian Festival, Yorkshire Dales. 3-11 December. One of our favourite ways to get in the Christmas spirit, this fantastic festival offers plenty of yuletide cheer on the gorgeous cobbled streets of Grassington with bands, buskers, Victorian street entertainers and Santa! http://grassingtondickensian.co.uk/
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. 30 December – 1 January. A world-famous way to welcome in the New Year, alongside the party to see in 2017, there’s the Torchlight Procession winding through town on 30 December and the Loony Dook river dip for the hardy and hungover on New Year’s Day! https://www.edinburghshogmanay.com/.
Christmas in Shakespeare’s England, Warwickshire. Various dates in December. Enjoy the RSC’s production of The Tempest (until 21 January), visit Stratford’s Christmas market and enjoy a guided walk of the Bard’s Stratford between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. http://shakespeares-england.co.uk/christmas-shakespeares-england.
Christmas at Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean. 3-25 December. Enjoy the other-worldly ambience of this magical location. Kids get to dress up as Red Riding Hood or the Woodcutter and take a woodland walk to meet a very special visitor! http://www.puzzlewood.net/index.php.
Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening to 18 December. See the majestic trees of Westonbirt in a whole new light as the 1,000s of the are bathed in a fantastically festive glow. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas.
Illumination Festival of Light, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland 30 November-3 December. Starting on St Andrew’s Day with a firework display, enjoy a weekend of wonder on Irvine’s historic waterfront. Light displays, art, fireworks, workshops, whisky tastings and much more! http://illuminationfestival.co.uk/
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Grand Lantern Parade, Northumberland. 18 December. A magical live music, light and movement spectacular winding through the gorgeous gardens of Alnwick Castle. Enjoy Christmas trails, Xmas markets and more to get you into the festive spirit! https://alnwickgarden.com/.