What to do in your UK college city this Christmas

13 Dec 2016 - Barni Homden. Photo of Leadenhall Market by Dom Crossley.

Christmas is a pretty big deal in the UK. It’s by far the most important holiday of the year, and the one that gets everyone the most excited. Thankfully, there are always loads of great festive, fun things to do during Christmas in the UK, wherever you are in the country!


There’s a lot to do at Christmas in Bournemouth, from shopping to skating. But for the most impressive, you need to head a little outside the city, to Corfe Castle. At Christmas, the castle and historic village are lit up with a beautiful display of colourful lights and lanterns. It’s a truly enchanting experience.


There is so much to do in Brighton at Christmas – this upbeat, trendy city always finds great ways to celebrate. But the most impressive festive fun is found at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. The grand, Eastern-style architecture is lit up in the evening, making a beautiful setting for your skating!


At this time of year, Bristol is packed with festive markets and winter attractions. But for something a little different, try booking tickets to one of the Spiegeltent’s eclectic events. There are festive parties, live music, theatre, fine food and drink, and even a masked ball, all housed within this colourful, crazy venue.


Going to see a pantomime (a light-hearted play) is a bit of a British Christmas tradition, and this year Glasgow has a truly impressive offering. ‘Hansel and Gretel’, showing at the city’s Citizens Theatre, combines the classic fairy tale with a magical circus. Lots of work has gone into the production, and it’s sure to be a thrilling festive treat – don’t miss out!


Students in Liverpool for Christmas will be able to head to St George’s Hall to visit DreamWorks Lights. The film studio has put on a spectacular lantern experience, showcasing over 100 figures from films such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and Shrek.


The country’s capital is absolutely full of festive experiences, events and places to shop, so I’ll just reveal my favourite Christmas spot. Hidden away in London’s financial district is Leadenhall Market, an ornate covered market that was built in the Victorian times. It’s a beautiful place to visit all year round, but it’s particularly magical when decorated for Christmas. Go see for yourself!


Festive cheer is never far away in Nottingham! This year, students in the city should head to the NET Nottingham Winter Wonderland at Old Market Square. Wrap up warm to have a drink in the Ice Bar (yes, it’s completely made of ice!), browse the cabins selling varied hot food, and go ice skating on the new rink.


The best way to get into the seasonal spirit in York is to head down to St Nicholas Fair. This beautifully decorated traditional Christmas fair sells all sorts of crafts and gifts, hot food, mulled wine, and, of course, there’s the festive atmosphere. You’ll even find a tipi with a log fire, to keep you warm on a break from your shopping!

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