5 Cool Things To Do In December In The UK

To quote our fave Christmas ad of all time, 'Holidays are coming', so it’s time to dig out your diaries and plot in some festive themed plans with all your nearest and dearest this December.

Stuck for things to do this December? Well, no matter where you live, we’ve got  you covered. Because actually, there’s a whole lot more than Santa’s grottos and Christmas movies to keep you entertained during this festive month.

Get Shopping!

From Birmingham to Brighton there’s a tonne of traditional Christmas markets popping up in pretty much every major town and city across the country this winter. Expect plenty of live music, hand made gifts and delicious grub on offer.

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

Our Top 3 Picks:
  1. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market // Open 17th Nov – 29th Dec
  2. London’s Southbank Winter Market // Open 20th Nov – 24th Dec
  3. Edinburgh’s European Christmas Market // Open 19th Nov – 7th Jan

Get Active!

If like Rachel from Friends your Christmas isn’t complete without shoop shoop shooping down a slope you may be pleased to hear that you don’t have to spend big bucks travelling to more mountainous destinations to do so. There’s plenty of dry slopes and in-door snow centres dotted around the UK that are ideal for pre-season warm ups for you pros or a skiing sampler for first timers.

The Snow Centre, @thesnowcentre Instagram

The Snow Centre, @thesnowcentre Instagram

Our Top 3 Picks:
  1. Snozone, Milton Keynes and Castleford
  2. Chill Factore, Manchester
  3. The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 

Get Creative!

Forget your average office party, this winter there’s so much more to do and discover with friends and colleagues than tucking into a boring turkey dinner. There’s rooftop curling (yep that is now a thing), Crafty festive themed workshops and you can even go on a tour of the iconic Coca Cola christmas truck.

Coppa Club Igloos, @WeAreCoppaClub Twitter

Coppa Club Igloos, @WeAreCoppaClub Twitter

Our Top 3 Picks:
  1. An adults only panto show; Pony Panto, Belfast
  2. An alternative eating experience: Igloo dining at Coppa Club, London
  3. An artistic afternoon: Christmas Wreath Making at Tusk Heaton Moor, Manchester

 

Get Your Skates On!

Strapping blades to your feet and attempting to walk on ice, in theory, should be a horrific experience, but in reality it’s a super fun and festive activity that is loved by both adults and kids. (Just maybe lay off the Prosecco until after you’ve hit the rink okay?)

 

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Our Top 3 Picks:
  1. London’s Skate at Somerset House
  2. Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
  3. Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland and Ice Rink

 

Get Set To Sing-along!

Surely nothing is quite as good for getting into the Christmas spirit than a classic carol concert? Yep, it’s time to gather your friends and family, clear your throats and get ready for a good ol’ sing-along. Now all that’s missing is a glass of mulled wine and a plate of mince pies.

Christmas Carols, Image: Rex

Christmas Carols, Image: Rex

Our Top 3 Picks…
  1. Christmas Carols by Salford Royal Choir at The John Rylands Library, Manchester
  2. Choirs and musicians under the garland at Cotehele, Cornwall
  3. Street Child Christmas Carol Concert at the Tower of London