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10 Magical UK Christmas Experiences

Christmas is a time for togetherness, and forging life-long memories. Here at In The Country, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see Christmas experiences, so that wherever you are in the UK, you can make the most of this festive season.

Christmas at Cowdray – Light Up Trail, Cowdray Park Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex

A magical, after-dark festive light trail in a picturesque historic location, that will leave you feeling wowed and full of Christmas magic. Inspired by the theme of ‘Joy’, this light-up trail is a wonderful addition to the festivities the Estate already have to offer throughout November and December, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

During your wander through the twinkling ruins, you won’t be able to resist the array of delicious treats available, including classic winter warmers with a hint of spice and the ultimate hot chocolate, you’re welcome!

Dates: November 24, 2021 – January 1, 2022, to book your tickets and check availability, click here.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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It has taken a total of 400 hours to programme the Palace light show, which requires 39,206 channels of lighting control to control a seven-minute show, managed by six different control systems.

From 19 November 2021 – 2 January 2022, for availability and to book your tickets, click here.

Tulleys Farm Christmas Experiences, Crawley

The ultimate, family day-out this Christmas. With dozens of attractions to enjoy including; 3D Cinema, Tulleys Ice Skating, the Christmas Circus, Reindeer Flying School, Reindeer Food Making, Ginger Bread Decorating, Story Time with Father Christmas, a boutique Christmas Market and SO MUCH MORE.

For booking and ticket information as there’s a few options, head here.

Enchanted Light Trail, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Cotswolds

A festive farm experience like no other down at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park this festive season. This is a light up trail with a difference, winding it’s way through the animal park.

As described, “Feed the animals their last snacks before they settle down for the night and let the kids blow off steam in the Adventure Barn, before setting out on an illuminated evening stroll through the paddocks. Stop off for a warm by the firepit (and perhaps a cheeky toasted marshmallow!), before entering the gloriously transformed woodland, where the trail reaches its finale.”

The trail is suggested to take around 90 minutes to complete. Dates available from the 3rd to the 31st December (not including the 25th-28th. Click here to book.

St. Nicholas Fair: York Christmas Market, 18th November – 23rd December

The hugely popular St. Nicholas Christmas Market returns to the city of York this festive season. The ultimate destination to find one of a kind Christmas gifts to treasure, why not book a last-minute staycation at the same time?

Stroll along the famous, Parliament Street and St. Sampson’s square where you’ll find wintry alpine chalet style stalls filling the square and lining the streets of York. Enjoy a bite to eat or sip on some warming mulled wine surrounded by infectious Christmas spirit.

For further information, visit this website.

Christmas at Kew Gardens, London

Throughout December to Sunday 9 January, Christmas at Kew, a much-loved highlight of London’s festive calendar, returns for its ninth year. This year’s trail features a host of firm seasonal favourites alongside pioneering new light installations, illuminating Kew Gardens’ UNESCO World Heritage landscape with vibrant bursts of colour and over a million twinkling lights.

A celebration of nature by night, and the wonder of biodiversity, this is an enchanting seasonal experience like no other, for visitors of all ages. 

To book your tickets, head to Kew’s website here.

Cirencester Christmas Market, Gloucestershire

Held throughout November and December, the Cirencester Christmas Market is definitely one to visit! You can expect rural inspired festive gifts that friends and family will love. Another excuse for a quick weekend or mid-week staycation in order to get some of that Christmas shopping ticked off the list!

Why not head to Airbnb to see what’s available in the area?

Christmas at Highclere – Recipes and Traditions from the Real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, Newbury

Is there a better place to get into the festive spirit? Join Lady Carnarvon herself for an exclusive talk about Christmas at Highclere, followed by a guided tour around the magical Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey.

Once you’ve finished your tour, enjoy some delicious homemade soup, Christmas cake and a hot drink before visiting the Castle Gift Shop where staff are delighted to offer you a complimentary signed copy of Lady Carnarvon’s book ‘Christmas at Highclere’.

To book your tickets, click here.

Rand Farm Park, The Real Christmas Experience, Lincoln

From decorating biscuits with Ms Claus, to meeting Rand’s real life reindeer Rudi and Rossi who’ve made the trip all the way from the North Pole this festive season, plus so much more. The ultimate festive family experience.

Tickets available here.

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