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Top 7 Christmas events to book for winter 2022

Ready to get into the festive spirit? Then you’re in luck. Because there are Christmas events happening all over the UK from November right through December 2022 and into January 2023. So you can spread the seasonal spirit over three months and extend the festive fun well beyond Christmas Day. Take your pick from Christmas markets, ice bars, festive shows and more. Whichever event you choose, get there with megabus – find your great value tickets at the top of the page.

1. Do All The Festive Things at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is one of those must-visit Christmas events in London that ticks all the boxes. There are all sorts of themed bars including an ice bar, a huge street food village, live bands and DJ sets, and even a Bavarian village complete with cosy chalets. That’s as well as fairground rides, circus shows, and attractions like the Magical Ice Kingdom – a walk-through experience made from 500 tonnes of sculpted ice and snow. It runs from 18 November to 2 January, 2023, so there’s plenty of time to get involved – just make sure you book a date and time slot in advance.

2. Watch thousands of Santas running through the city of Glasgow
There’s loads going on in Glasgow at Christmas. It all starts with the Christmas lights switch-on, which is happening on 20 November at George Square. Entry is via a ticket ballot, but there’s plenty more going on in the same area if you didn’t get tickets this year. Don’t miss the Style Mile Carnival on 27 November, where performers light up the streets while you start your Christmas shopping. And save the date for the Santa Dash on December 11 – a festive 5k where thousands of runners race the streets in Santa suits, starting and finishing at Glasgow Green.

3. Soak up a traditional German Christmas market on the streets of Birmingham
The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the biggest authentic German market outside of Germany or Austria, so it’s well worth making a special trip for. It all happens on Victoria Square and New Street from 3 November to 23 December, and it’s open every day. Stock up on traditional and handcrafted gifts, snack on stollen, schnitzels, and bratwursts, then wash it all down with a gluhwein. With fairground rides and loads of twinkling Christmas lights, this is a great one for all ages.

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4. Watch a Christmas drag cabaret show for one night only in Sheffield
Heading to Sheffield? Time your trip with the Christmas Drag Cabaret Show at the OEC for a night out with a difference. This 18+ show takes place on 1 December from 7PM until late, and tickets are £40. The night includes a three-course dinner, live comedy show with the brilliant Funky Beavers drag act, and a DJ set and late bar until 1AM, so there’s plenty to keep you busy. You’ll find the venue next to Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Napoleons Casino.

5. Take in a festive show in a traditional Spiegeltent in Cardiff
There’s a huge Spiegeltent, which is basically an old-school canvas circus tent – in the grounds of Cardiff Castle this winter. Step inside this nostalgic venue and you’ll be able to watch one of three seasonal shows as part of The Cardiff Castle Christmas Festival: Santa’s Wish, Castellana, and The Nutcracker. They’ll all be performed in the round so you’ll get a cracking view wherever you sit, and our vote goes to Santa’s Wish if you’re into musicals. It runs from 2-31 December.

6. Have a go at curling on a frosty rooftop in Leeds
Temple Arches will be the hub of Christmas festivities in Leeds from 10 November to 31 December. Chow Down’s Winter Village is here for 2022 with a new bar serving everything from mulled wine to boozy hot choc, a heated ski lodge, cosy tipis, loads of street food stalls and our favourite – a rooftop curling club. That’s alongside acts like big-name DJs, a gospel choir and live bands. And while you’re in town, make sure you take a trip on the Leeds Big Wheel. This 110-foot Ferris wheel is in Victoria Gardens and gives epic views across the city.

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7. Wander through a trail of glittering Christmas trees in Bournemouth
If you fancy a winter walk, Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland is a great way to blow away the cobwebs. There are decorated trees and light installations all the way from the seafront through the Square up to the Triangle, Beale Place, Horseshoe Common and the Lansdowne roundabout – with plenty of stop-offs on the way. Walk through the base of the 60-foot Bournemouth Wonderland Tree and skate under the stars at the ice rink in the Lower Gardens, then stock up on Christmas decs at The Alpine Market and refuel with a mulled wine at the Alpine Lodge Bar in the Square.