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Amazing! The Best 8 pearls Of The Manchester Rum Trail

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8 Of The Best Asian Restaurants In Manchester

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Edinburgh Vs. Glasgow : Where You Should Visit

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The 12 days of Christmas: 12 places to spend Christmas in the UK
Ther It's the most wonderful time of the year, but as the holidays draw closer and the trees go up we are all wondering where to spend this Christmas. Over 23% of Brits have spent Christmas abroad with Dubai being named the most popular destination for the holidays. But, with over 50% of Brits staying in the UK over Christmas, we have racked our brains and researched the depths of the internet to find you the best destinations for Christmas in the UK. Whether you are on a city break staycation, or a day trip to see the twinkling lights, here are the top eight cities to spend Christmas.

1. Nottingham

[caption id="attachment_21399" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Nottingham Chrsitmas tree The Nottingham Christmas tree in the centre of the city.[/caption] Spending Christmas in Nottingham is a magical experience, it becomes home to its very own Winter Wonderland, Nottingham hosts sparkling Christmas markets, an ice rink, and family pantomimes. Taking over Old Market Square in the centre of the city, this attraction is set to bring in over 2.9 million visitors over the Christmas period. The event has over 70 stalls, children's rides and is the biggest Christmas market in the East Midlands.
Christmas Light Switch On: 15th November Winter Wonderland15th November -  31st December

2. Edinburgh

[caption id="attachment_21372" align="aligncenter" width="960"]edinburgh during winter The beautiful city of Edinburgh during the wintertime[/caption] Edinburgh is renowned for its manmade and natural beauty, from Holyrood Park to Edinburgh Castle. At Christmas, this city comes alive with dazzling lights, Christmas markets and a Christmas tree maze. From the 17th November visitors will be able to try out numerous rides including roller coasters, bumper cars, and a Santa train. An ice rink, fireworks and concerts take place from November onward.
Light Night: 17th November, 3 pm Fairground: 17th November - 1st January Christmas Markets: 17th November - 1st January Ice Rink: 17th November - 5th January

3. London

[caption id="attachment_21373" align="aligncenter" width="960"]London in the snow An idyllic scene of London in the snow[/caption] The capital city has so much to offer those spending Christmas in the UK, from the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to the incredible Christmas shopping on Oxford Street. London hosts an array of Christmas markets, ice rinks, and events leading up to Christmas. Our favourites have to be the wintertime market at Southbank Centre, Somerset House ice rink, and Christmas by the River at London Bridge.
Southbank Winter Festival: 8th November - 27th December Leicester Square Christmas Market: 8th November - 5th January Hyde Park Winter Wonderland: 21nst November - 5th January Christmas by the River: 29th November - 2nd January

4. Leeds

[caption id="attachment_21398" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Leeds street with Christmas lights A city of magic and excitement[/caption] Kick-starting Christmas with the Leeds Lights Switch On and becoming home to the sparkling 100ft Leeds Wheel of Light, Christmas markets, Santa's grotto, and spectacular performances from the Northern Ballet and Opera North. Guests can Christmas shop at historical arcades and being the third largest shopping destination in the UK, you are sure to find presents for the whole family, including yourself.
Leeds German Christmas Market: 8th November - 21st December Thor's Tipi: 17th November - 31st December The Christmas Experience at Lotherton Hall: 22nd November - 5th December Christmas at Harewood House: 23rd November - 5th January

5.  York

[caption id="attachment_21376" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Snowing in York let it snow in the city of York[/caption] York is the perfect place to spend Christmas in the UK. It's historic lanes and beautiful architecture makes it the ideal chocolate box city to spend the holidays. This year, York is hosting a new Santas's grotto and it will be the first time York has been home to a city centre Christmas tree shop. In 2017 York was named Britain's most festive city, so this city is pushing itself further than ever this year with festive events and attractions.
York Christmas Festival: 15th November - 23rd December Christmas Light Switch On: 15th November 6.30 pm

6. Birmingham

[caption id="attachment_21397" align="aligncenter" width="640"]The christmas market in Birmingham The serene Birmingham Christmas market[/caption] Birmingham this Christmas is becoming home to pantomimes, parties, and steam train rides. Each winter, Birmingham city centre bursts with the twinkling lights of the Frankfurt Christmas market that has run for over 15 years and is the largest of its kind outside of Germany. This year it is set to attract over 6 million visitors, making it the place to be for those wanting to experience a truly incredible Christmas event.
Frankfurt Christmas Market: 14th November - 22nd December Big Wheel and Ice Rink: 14th November - 26th January St Philips Cathedral Market: 14th November - 22nd December Christmas Light Switch On: 15th November, dusk

7. Cardiff

[caption id="attachment_21377" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Cardiff Christmas Tree with fairy lights. As the nights get darker, Cardiff gets brighter[/caption] With so much on offer, Cardiff makes it easily on to the list. From magical ballets to pantos, this city is the perfect city to do Christmas shopping in a range of fabulous shops or at the Christmas markets. Cardiff Bay sparkles under the fairy lights and becomes a gorgeous Christmassy location. Guests will be able to experience a traditional Welsh Christmas at St Fagans National Museum of History or visit the stunning Cardiff Castle home to a Santa's grotto and Christmas parties.
St Fagans Christmas: 6th December - 8th December Christmas at the Castle: 5th December - 23rd December Winter Wonderland: 15th November - 6th January Christmas Markets: 15th November - 23rd December Step into Christmas: 15th November, 16.30 - 19.30

8. Manchester

[caption id="attachment_21378" align="aligncenter" width="647"]Manchester Christmas Market Manchester lit up for Christmas[/caption] An Ice Village, a giant Santa clause, and the Winter Funland at Trafford City, Manchester truly provides something for everyone during the festive season. Events are being held throughout November and through to the New Year, so guests can experience a whole range of things to do and see from a festive afternoon tea at The Monastery to the UK's biggest ice attraction in the Cathedral Gardens.
Festive Afternoon Tea: 23rd December, 12.00 - 14.30 Winter Funland at Trafford City: 7th December - 1st January Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On: 3rd November, 19.30 - 21.30 Ice Village Manchester: 9th November - 5th January Christmas Markets: 9th November - 23rd December Ice Rink on First Street: 12th November - 23rd December

9. Bristol

[caption id="attachment_23077" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Bristol Christmas Market Head to the Bristol Christmas market for some mulled wine[/caption] Even as the nights get shorter and the weather becomes colder, Christmas and its magic is something to look forward to. Bristol offer’s a Christmas like no other with an array of fairy lights, a stunning Christmas tree and just a touch of magic. From the Christmas market to its magnificent carol concerts, there is much to do in this magical Christmas city. Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa and his elves!
Bristol’s Christmas Market: 9th November – 23rd December Winter fair and Ice rink: 17th November – 6th January

10. Bath

[caption id="attachment_23079" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]The christmas market in Bath Christmas lights all around[/caption]
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