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Sleigh bells ring are you listening! From urban ice rinks to fairground rides, Santa’s grottos and glittering light shows, this is Christmas in all its ritzy, glitzy glory at some of the best winter wonderlands in the UK.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

19th November – 3rd January 2021

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park returns to guarantee visitors a magical experience. With free entry and so much to see and do, it remains at the top of list.

Get your festive fix with a visit to the market’s 200 chalet-style stalls, enchanting fairground, real ice slide and Bar Ice. Take a spin around the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, feel the adrenaline as you go on the many rollercoaster rides or check out the daring performance of Cirque Beserk. As night falls, unwind with a hot dog and a glühwein or two at the Bavarian Village.

Stay: YHA London Central

Pier Head, Liverpool

Pier Head, Liverpool

19th November – 3rd January 2021

Over the festive period, make sure to pay a visit to Liverpool’s Christmas Ice Festival. The Pier Head has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland with an ice rink, giant ice slide, family friendly fairground rides and a whole host of Christmas market stalls. For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, don’t miss the Ice Jet – a white-knuckle ride which reaches speeds of up to 80mph. Get your fill of Christmas thrills and top it all with a mulled wine in the Apres Bar. Perfect.

Stay: YHA Liverpool Central

Waterside Winter Wonderland, CONKERS, Derbyshire

Waterside Winter Wonderland, CONKERS, Derbyshire

27th November- 24th December 2021

The whole Christmas clan will be at CONKERS this year. Guests will be met by the Chief Elf and his team on arrival, then it’s through the Enchanted Forest and the Valley of Christmas Lights to Santa’s Woodland Grotto to meet Mr and Mrs Klaus. Taking a trip on the Twinkle Toes Train and an appearance by Rudolph will keep the little ones very entertained along the way. And for the grown-ups, a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie should keep the cold at bay. Booking is essential and there are 13 dates to choose from.

Stay: YHA National Forest

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

12th November – 22nd December 2021

Manchester hosts an amazing winter wonderland which attracts thousands of visitors to the city centre every year. Soak up the atmosphere and visit the stalls which tempt you with jewellery, clothes and gifts. The Christmas market is famous for traditional bratwurst but there are many different food options to try. From hearty hot dogs and burgers to scrumptious waffles and churros for those with a sweet tooth. Be sure to wash it down with a Baileys hot choc or mulled cider.

Stay: YHA Manchester

St Nicholas Fair, York

St Nicholas Fair, York

18th November – 23rd December 2021

Another popular choice is York’s St Nicholas Fair. The waft or warm mulled wine on the air, the magic of the fairy lights, ah we can’t wait. York’s St Nicholas Fair features over 100 stalls spread over six sites in the historic city centre. Wander along Parliament Street to find some wonderful Christmas gifts and stocking fillers or for something slightly livelier, head over to Kings Square and enjoy the enjoyment of the fair. Don’t miss out on sliding down an old fashion Helter Skelter.

Stay: YHA York

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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