Christmas events around the UK for 2013

We have gathered some festive events taking place around the UK this Christmas.

LONDON: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland - 22nd November - 5th January 2014  WWonderland

Winter Wonderland this year includes more snow and ice sculptures as well as a new ice bar. Other popular attractions include the UK's largest ice rink, the Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus. Father Christmas will be in Santa Land handing out free gifts to children who visit the grotto and there'll be markets stalls, bars, restaurants and thrill seeking rides.
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BERKSHIRE: Lapland UK – 30th November – 24th December 2013  Lapland-UK-280

LaplandUK this year includes an ice rink and a chance to spend Elf Jingles (LaplandUK currency) in the Elves Village before being able to meet LaplandUK's residents including huskies and reindeer. Your little one can also meet with Father Christmas in his woodland home, where all children will receive a newly designed collectable luxury husky soft toy.
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NORWICH: Santa's Magical Journey November & December 2013 Thursford-280

At Santa's magical journey you can meet lots of fantasy characters including the snowman family but watch out for the snowballs before you make your way though the magical forest to reach Santa's House where you meet Father Christmas himself and he will be giving gifts to all who visit him there. You will see the elves hard at work in the toy factory.
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WARWICKSHIRE: Winter festival Coughton Court 23rd November - 1st December 2013 Warwickshire-280

At Coughton castle this Christmas, you will be greeted by a floor to ceiling Christmas tree and roaring log fire, you can pause and listen to a few bars of your favourite carols being played on the baby grand piano before heading back out into the courtyard. In the house itself a traditional Father Christmas will be there in his winter sitting room ready to receive visitors.
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YORKSHIRE: Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland 23rd November 2013 - 5th January 2014 Yorkshire-winter-wonderland-280

This year's Yourshire Winter Wonderland includes ice skating at The Ice Factor, a new-look après-skate Café & Bar, a traditional funfair, wooden cabins with theatrical winter scenes and shopping at the Outlet. You can visit Father Christmas in his log cabin set within Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland. There's a special gift for every child who visits him there.
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SUSSEX: Brighton Royal Pavillion ice rink 9th November 2013 – 19th January 2014 Brighton-ice-rink-280

The popular Royal Pavilion Ice Rink returns this festive season for a fourth year. You can take a whirl around the ice rink against the magical palace backdrop or simply soak up the atmosphere from the rinkside Bar & Kitchen where you can take a break from the rink and get something to eat. The rink is described as twinkly, romantic and child-friendly, and very festive.
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SOMERSET: Santa Express 30th November 2013 – 1st January 2014  Somerset-santa-train-280

To get in the festive spirit this year, you can have a heritage steam train ride through Somerset countryside where children will be greeted by Santa and will receive a present suitable to their age and gender. For parents there is a traditional festive drink (or a non-alcoholic drink) and a mince pie to enjoy along the journey and the festive atmosphere.
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HERTFORDSHIRE: St Albans Christmas Market 28th November - 21st December 
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The market will be part of a magical village created around the city's 11th-century cathedral and walled Vintry Garden, it's just a 20-minute train journey from London. There will be lots of activities for children and the market will also have a Santa's Grotto, which will be open every day (except Mondays) for 3 weeks.
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