UK events: December

The days may be getting colder and shorter, but that doesn’t stop the fun in the UK. This time of year, there are still some amazing events right across the UK. Take a look at our tips for December.

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

27 November to 20 December, Westonbirt, Cotswolds

Venture into Westonbirt’s magical, illuminated grounds this winter for acres of Christmas magic. Truly magical in every way, Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas is one of the most stunning festive events on the calendar. 

Jane Austen’s birthday celebrations

16 December 2015, Jane Austen’s House museum, Chawton 

Take inspiration from the written and spoken word and East Hampshire’s literary heritage at events this winter. In this bicentenary year of the first publication of Jane Austen’s Emma, celebrate Jane’s birthday at Jane Austen’s House museum in Chawton – free entry, every 16 December. The literary inspiration continues with the Mulled Wine event, an annual favourite in Selborne over the first weekend in December, when Gilbert White’s House is decorated with traditional evergreens for Christmas, mulled wine is served and there are garden tours and apple wassailing.

New Year’s Eve in London

31 December 2015, London

On New Year’s Eve, London comes alive with celebrations, fireworks and parties in every corner of the capital. Be here at midnight to help see in the New Year with a bang! Prepare to be dazzled by spectacular fireworks along the river Thames London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the London Eye is famous around the world. The event is hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands of people going to see the display each year.