Looking for the perfect, festive day out for Christmas 2021? Then look no further
It’s fair to say that due to the pandemic Christmas last year wasn’t what any of us expected. We couldn’t see loved ones and although most of us made the most of Christmas 2020, it wasn’t the same. That little piece of Christmas magic seemed further away. This year we can really make the most of it and why not do that with some of the best UK Christmas attractions. From gorgeous light displays to fun family days out. There is so much on offer to make sure Christmas 2021 is the best one yet.
Whether you want to fill an hour to a whole day. The UK has some truly amazing and unique Christmas attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. Let’s get extra festive for 2021!
Why Is Skate at Somerset House The Best UK Christmas Day Out?
What even is Christmas without an ice skating scene? Well thanks to Somerset House with Moet and Chandon, you can get your skate on in the most beautiful place. Somerset House courtyard is transformed into a skating rink and Christmas wonderland. Not forgetting the 40ft Christmas tree that is just perfect for those festive snaps.
Enjoy rink side music from trailblazing DJ’s as well as the huge selection of food and drinks available. The pop-up alpine restaurant allows you to enjoy gourmet food from Chalet Barragiste with Jimmy Garcia. Why not stop off at the Skate Lounge by Moet & Candon? You deserve a festive glass of bubbles or a cocktail, it’s Christmas after all!
Such a festive and fun day out for the whole family!
Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock
If you have been reading my blogs posts for a while now you may know that this is one of our favourite Christmas traditions. Whitehall garden centre lights and Christmas displays really are the best and the kids have so much fun. The theme varies each year and previous years have included Nostalgic Christmas vibes, fairytales and even storybook themed displays.
We will be going again this year as haven’t missed a year yet since our eldest was about one, eyes peeled for the post! It really is such a festive place that leaves you right in the Christmas mood. There is usually an ice rink, Christmas cafe, festive animals and a Santa grotto but with Covid still knocking around, they have had to scale back this year.
Once you finished taking in the lights and displays there is also a wonderful shop to enjoy. Artisan foods, beautiful gifts, plants and flowers. Or perhaps some of their home decor items is what you’ll love? It really does have so much to offer that the whole family will enjoy the visit. For any and all info, including their address, please be sure to check the Whitehall Garden Centre website.
Santa Express at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Now, this really is a Christmas treat and having experienced a similar trip, I can say they really are wonderfully festive. Located in Cumbria Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway offers the amazing Santa Express. Take a festive steam train trip to visit Father Christmas at his grotto.
Enjoy warming hot chocolate and seasonal foods at great prices before visiting Father Christmas who of course has lots of early gifts for the children who visit. What a truly magical day for the family. Train times and all details can be found on the website.
Is Hogwarts in The Snow The Best UK Christmas Attraction?
Although slightly more expensive than your average Christmas outing (check the Warner Bros studio tour website for full details). This really does look and sound like a once in a lifetime Christmas adventure! Spending the day celebrating Christmas in the magical world of Harry Potter.
The tickets include lots of lovely extras but the main activities sound simply perfect for any Harry Potter fan. With new Christmas touches being added to the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Hagrid’s hut. You can also expect to see the Great Hall in all its festive glory. You could also book a table for a festive 2-course meal in the Great Hall (over 18’s only, separate tickets needed) which also sounds incredible.
Running from 12th November 2021 – 16th January 2022 there is still plenty of time to enjoy this Christmas and wizard magic combo with your family.
We cannot forget the chaos and joy that is a good Christmas market. With various locations across the UK, you can eat great food, enjoy festive beverages and shop beautiful, usually bespoke, Christmas trinkets and gifts. Home decor and more delicious treats. Although many have been cancelled this year many are still going ahead so here is a quick list of a few open for your Christmas pleasure.
- Bristol – November 5th – 23rd December – Bristol Shopping Quarter
- London – November 4th – 9th January 2022 – Southbank Centre Christmas Market
- Glasgow – November 25th – December 30th – George Square Christmas Market
This really is just the tip of the Christmas market iceberg! For a really comprehensive list check out Christmas Markets in Europe for loads of Christmas markets opening for 2021. There are also rumours that Derbyshire Christmas Market is amazing.
There you have just a small amount of the best UK Christmas attractions for you to enjoy this festive period. Have you been to any of these events? Are you trying one for the first time? Do you have a local event that you love and return to year after year? Ours is definitely Whitehall in Lacock Christmas displays. Let me know yours in the comments below or even better tag me in your festive pics via the official social platforms.