Top 5 Christmas destinations in the UK

It’s finally nearly, BASICALLY Christmas and taking a trip away during the Christmas period in December can be a lovely way of experiencing the holiday season in a totally different way yet still getting in the festive spirit. Here are five of the best (IMO) UK destinations to explore during the yuletide festivities.


As one of the most iconic, historic and picturesque cities in the UK, York has plenty to offer at this time of the year. St Helen’s Square is home to a giant Christmas tree each year, while Dales are full of snow-capped mountains – offering the perfect winter backdrop for a walk. From shops Christmas markets, museums and the Jorvik Viking Centre, York offers attractions to entertain the whole family.


This city boasts one of the finest outdoor Christmas markets to be found in the UK during the festive season, and you will find unique local crafts and foodstuffs on sale there. There are also beautiful sights to see, including the Norman Castle and the Cathedral – with the latter offering the second tallest tower in Britain. Lincoln is lovely at any time of the year, but especially so at Christmas.


Scotland’s capital city takes Christmas very seriously, and it will be an ideal holiday destination for families. Children will be delighted by the Lost Elves trail through the city, where the clues are distributed by the head of Santa’s Elves, and they will also get the opportunity to meet his reindeer when they pay their visit to St Andrew’s Square. This year, Edinburgh is also featuring the romantic Street of Light, which will make a romantic getaway special.


Unsurprisingly, London has lots to offer both children and adults over the Christmas period. There are Christmas markets at places like the Barbican and Tate Modern, where you can buy mince pies, mulled wine and festive trinkets – including traditional toys for the children. London also has spectacular Christmas lights and trees dotted throughout the city, while grown-up entertainment options include casinos like the Casino at the Empire, however if you can’t get into the London casinos why not try playing blackjack online on sites such as to get your casino fix on the go.


We all know that A Christmas Carol is the ultimate festive story, so why not visit the place where its author – Charles Dickens – was laid to rest? Every year Rochester, in county of Kent, holds a Christmas festival in memory of him – marking a unique attraction. It features artificial snow, costumed characters, pantomimes and markets, letting the whole family step back in time this Christmas.

As you can see, there are a lot of great locations in the UK for anyone who wants to try something a little different this Christmas, have you been to any of these, where are your fave places to visit during the festive season?

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