UK events: December 2016
18 November to 2 January
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland begins in November each year and keeps the Christmas party going right through until January. There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland, from thrill-seeking rides and carnival games to Christmas markets, food stalls, an ice rink and big top shows.
11 November to 24 December
Bristol is filled with free events, festivals and markets during the winter. Many of Bristol’s best museums and galleries are free to enter, Clifton Suspension Bridge will be lit up after dark, and you’ll be able to buy spiced and mulled Christmas drinks in the many bars of Bristol or experience a traditional German Christmas market in the centre of Bristol.
26 November 2016 to 1 January 2017
Lincoln Ice Rink, in the heart of Lincoln, uses real ice for an authentic experience. The rink is open from 10:00 until 21:00 every day and penguin-shaped aids are available if you’re not feeling confident on the ice!
2 December 2016, from 19:00
Listen to classic carols performed by the local choir, the ‘Roaring Megs’, in the stunning ruins of Goodrich Castle. Visit their tearoom for delicious mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. Browse the gift shop to pick presents for friends and family.
Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
21 December 2016
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and on this day the people of Brighton and Hove gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach to mark the end of the year. ‘Burning the Clocks’ combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show with live music, bringing the city together to celebrate.
The event is free, with the parade starting at 18:30.
Eastbourne, East Sussex
25 December 2016
The traditional Eastbourne Bandstand Christmas and New Year Concerts returns to the south coast with live music from the Eastbourne Sliver Band. Tickets are free.