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Winchester - 'England's Christmas Capital'

Winchester Market

Christmas is just around the corner, and ‘England’s Christmas Capital’ of Winchester is brimming with a huge variety of festive events. While seeing the brightly decorated city is more than enough to get in the spirit, there are many can’t-miss celebrations for the all the family to enjoy.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice Rink

A bustling atmosphere, high-quality exhibitors and festive foods make the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market one of the best in Europe. Last year, the Christmas Market attracted more than 400,000 visitors and filled them with holiday cheer.

All aboard the Santa Express!

Santa on train

Magical festive steam train rides return to Staffordshire for their 23rd year, with Churnet Valley Railway (https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk) offering the ultimate seasonal experience for all the family on the Santa Express.  

 

The Staffordshire heritage railway’s iconic and much loved ‘Santa and Steam’ event combines a ride on a steam train through scenic countryside with seeing Santa. On a variety of dates in the run up to Christmas Day, vintage trains warmly decorated with garlands and filled with Christmas cheer, make their way through the Churnet Valley. With a puff of steam and a blow of the whistle, 124 journeys are scheduled this season; the most the heritage railway has ever run.  

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow Christmas Festival

Now in its 11th year, Padstow Christmas Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the country, attracting tens of thousands of people to the picturesque town. 

The free-to-attend event has become renowned for its packed Christmas market. Located on Padstow's harbourside, the market houses more than 100 stalls, showcasing a tempting selection of food and drink, ranging from artisan breads and cakes, chocolates, meats and preserves, as well as award-winning craft beers and locally-produced gin. It also boasts an eclectic array of crafts, gifts and artwork created by artisans from all around the South West.

Have Yourself a Merry Motown Christmas

Motown and Soul Christmas concert, in London

Christmas is a time for peace, love and great, great music. On 8th December, at St Giles in the Fields located in the heart of London's West End, the festive season kicks off with a fabulous Motown and Soul Christmas concert.

Fronted by the talented composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mo Pleasure, the concert is a fund-raiser for The Haven + London http://thehavenlondon.com, a social enterprise that offers pastoral care, mentoring and practical help to people working in the creative industries when they are at their most vulnerable.

Spotlight on Plymouth's Christmas events and activities

Plymouths Christmas Events and Activities

From meeting Santa in his Grotto to hopping aboard the Christmas Land Train to embarking on the Nutcracker Trail, there is plenty going on in the city of Plymouth this festive season. Christmas shoppers looking for special gifts will be spoilt for choice at the city’s annual Christmas market and Drake’s Circus shopping centre with a range of activities and events taking place across the city to get them into the festive spirit!

Here are some of the highlights of Plymouth’s Christmas events programme for 2016…

Visit Plymouth’s Giant Snow Globe (17th November to 23rd December 2016)

Award-winning spa offers a winter treat

 Hydropool at award winning spa, Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa near Durham

COUPLES looking for a pre festive break can enjoy a gift of an offer from a leading North East hotel.

Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa near Durham has created a Winter Indulgence package, allowing guests to sample its first class facilities with a special overnight stay.

Visitors who book will enjoy a stay in a Premier Room, a two course dinner in the hotel’s acclaimed Fusion Asian restaurant and a spa brunch the following morning.