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The Best Christmas Events Near You

07 Dec 2017

Most of us will already be in the Christmas spirit, whether it’s the first sign of frost on the grass or hearing your favourite Christmas song in the shopping centre. With this in mind, it’s definitely the time to start attending some Christmas-themed events! Here’s our run-down of the best the UK has to offer this year:

Coca-Cola Christmas Truck – Across the UK

You may already be familiar with this one, as it always makes the headlines. The Coca-Cola truck is hitting the road again this year, so why not stop off at one of the 42 locations and experience it for yourself? Smartphones at the ready — you’ll be able to project your selfie onto the side of the truck whilst enjoying a cold can of classic, diet or zero sugar Coke!

Did you know that the Coca-Cola truck has made 9,397 stops since 2011? From Glasgow to Newcastle and even St Helens, find out if the Coca Cola-Christmas Truck is stopping near you today!

Christmas at Beamish – County Durham


If you’ve ever wondered how Christmas would be celebrated 150 years ago, look no further than Beamish Museum in County Durham. Not only will you be able to tour the streets of vintage villages, you will even get to visit Father Christmas’ Grotto. Entry costs £5 per child, which includes a small traditional gift, craft activities, hot chocolate and reindeer food to feed the reindeer.

With much more on offer, why not skate around the ice rink or hop on some of the fairground rides whilst enjoying a hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows?

As Father Christmas’ Grotto is in high demand with both tourists and locals, tickets are available at a first come first served basis at the Beamish Museum admissions desk from 10am on the morning of your visit.

24 Doors of Advent - Edinburgh

If you’re in the Scottish capital for Christmas, you can get involved in a more unusual Christmas event — the 24 Doors of Advent. Twenty four buildings around Edinburgh will be unlocking their doors and giving the public exclusive access to their history. From The Scottish Parliament to Lauriston Castle, each day will offer a unique insight to something that is usually closed off from the public! Find out more about which doors will be opened throughout December.

Once you’ve completed your historical tour, why not challenge yourself and head to the Christmas Tree Maze at the city’s Christmas market?

Elf – The Musical - Manchester

If you’re looking for an evening full of laughter, head to Manchester to watch the onstage adaptation of the 2003 movie Elf. Elf – The Musical can be enjoyed by all ages, as Buddy the Elf makes it his mission to find his birth father in New York City after growing up in the North Pole under Santa’s care.

Prices range from around £20 to £101.50 for VIP packages, if you wish to make it that extra special. Book your ticket now.

Pop-up Screens - London


If you’re a movie lover, this event at the Hackney Showroom in London will be a spectacular change to your regular cinema trip. The event will play classic Christmas movies like Home Alone as well as more recent blockbuster hits like La La Land.

The event will be open across December and to add to the experience, ticket buyers will have to walk through the magical wardrobe to enter – just like in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, which will also be shown.

You don’t want to miss your favourite movie, so book your tickets today. Did we mention that the cinema will have a touch of snow?

The Polar Express: Journey to the North Pole 4D Experience - Newcastle

ice skating

If you’re looking for a unique event for the festive season, this is the one for you. The 4D motion ride at the city’s Centre For Life takes a young boy on a journey to the North Pole where he finds himself in a moment of self-discovery and belief. This new motion ride lasts six minutes but will be sure to make Christmas even more magical. After the ride has finished, head outside and skate around the ice-rink!

There are some requirements that need to be met for this ride; check before you go and book your tickets today!

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