Travel Inspiration: Christmas and New Year

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Make Christmas merry with our top destinations

Forget socks and aftershave. Hop on a train to one of our crackin’ Christmas shopping spots to pick up some unique gifts. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere and treat yourself too. Less stress, more shopping. That’s our motto.


You'll be spoilt for choice in the capital. Among a sack-load of festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and maybe some mulled wine to help you get into that merry spirit. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (18th November - 2nd December) offers family fun aplenty with an ice rink, two circuses and a giant wheel. The Southbank is transformed  into a wintry Nordic landscape (11th November - 25th January), with a giant Christmas tree, a bustling market and a host of seasonal events. 


The city’s Winter Wonderland opens from 19th November. With festive stalls, a winter bar and ice rink on Old Market Square. Nottingham's Victorian-themed gift and craft market (ends December 24th) is full of festive delights, from roasted chestnuts, cider and mulled wine to carol singing.


Santa’s sleigh has stopped off in Sheffield. Visit the city's Christmas market and make your way around 50 Christmas cabins and don’t forget to call in at Santa’s Grotto. Then curb those rumbling tummies with a visit to the german sausage grill. Delish.


One of the north’s famous Christmas markets return from 10th November. Spread across the city centre there will be international food, drinks and Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing, Northern city.


This classic Christmas market takes place on the first weekend of December (1st  – 4th). The medieval square between the Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral is the perfect backdrop to some festive shopping.

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