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Whether you’re already overcome with Christmas spirit, or haven’t quite ‘got into the mood’ yet, we’ve found you ten perfect places to go, to kick-start the festive season. You’ll come back humming carols, we promise…
Saturday 2nd December
A real English Christmas box of delights, with a magical lantern parade, resident Father Christmas and musicians roaming throughout this historic town, with its picturesque castle and cathedral. Businesses, shops, restaurants and pubs will be adorned with real Christmas trees decorated with simple white lights – and if you listen carefully, you might hear someone tell someone that the wolves are running.
From 15th November
Skate on London’s most beautiful ice-rink, at Somerset House. There are specially curated late ‘music skates’, and it’s all catered for and sponsored by Fortnum and Mason.
Exchange time for a magical feeling of eternity in this ship of the fens, rising out of the mist and darkness. The choristers’ voices soar around the beautiful building, decorated with a 30-foot Christmas tree.
Explore the grounds of this dramatic castle after dark, following strings of lanterns and fairy lights into a magical wonderland, filled with the sights and sounds of royal medieval banqueting. Mince-pies, marshmallows and mulled wine are available for commoners!
18th November-28th January
It doesn’t get much more magical than Harry Potter at Christmas. There’ll be Christmas trees lining the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and snow over pretty much everything. Grab yourself a Christmas jumper and a glass of butterbeer and jump on the train!
From 2nd December
With one of its stations (Goathland) actually the setting for the snug, wintry town of Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films, this train ride is the real thing. Santa Specials run from Pickering on steam trains that huff and puff their way through the bare northern landscape.
There’s less of the tinsel and more of ancient tradition at Tretower Castle and Court – a tucked-away, unassuming, yet wonderfully astmospheric castle in Powys, Wales. It’s all about the holly and ivy, mistletoe and mulled wine, Yule logs and green Santas here – and the carols are, naturally, the ancient ones.
Watch the traditional Blessing of the Crib in George Square, beneath the Christmas lights, with a chorus of singers. It’s a free event – part of the ‘Glasgow Loves Christmas’ festivities – but with plenty of stalls and businesses open for festive shopping and entertainment too.
From 9th December
In this unique and enchanting woodland, said to be Tolkien’s inspiration for the fairy forests of Middle Earth, you’re invited to explore the maze of pathways, through the strange formations, to find Santa. Children can dress up as Little Red Riding Hood or a woodcutter – and should look out for cheeky elves along the way!
From 16th December
A stunning and atmospheric display of lights – many of them floating – in this Cornish seaside village. Expect sea serpents, fishing boats and whales, with a Celtic cross and strings of lanterns winding through the narrow streets. There’ll be wonderful outdoor carol-singing too, with renowned choirs.
Wherever you go, and whatever you get up to, Naturally Good Food wishes you all a Happy Christmas!
Tags: christmas, festive
This post was written by Yzanne