Looking for the best way to indulge in the festivities this year? Wrap up, rally the family together and join in with some of the UK's most festive celebrations by visiting a Christmas market. Find unique gifts, delicious street food and get stuck in with a feast of festive activities.
Here are some great places to visit for everyone to enjoy a perfect, pre-Christmas treat.
Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park
At the wonderful Hyde Park in London, Winter Wonderland returns year after year, getting bigger and better. 2016 is set to be the biggest yet as it marks the festivals 10th anniversary at Hyde Park, and to celebrate, expect plenty of charm and an exciting selection of rides and eateries lined up to make you feel more festive than ever.
There are a fantastic choice of attractions to take your fancy, including a magical ice kingdom, expect to leave feeling spellbound after an enchanting arctic experience that will take your breath away. Especially for 2016 Winter Wonderland brings magic to life as they showcase the production of the Nutcracker on ice. Plus the Bavarian Village is brimming with over 200 stalls and a giant wheel that gives you views over the Winter Wonderland and London's iconic skyline.
Winter Wonderland is open daily from 10am-10pm and runs from 18th November through to 2nd January, only closing for Christmas Day! Most attractions are accessible, with ramps to most bars and cafés and accessible rides for wheelchairs. There are also disabled toilets on site and they also offer a 2-for-1 Carer ticket, which entitles a free ticket for the partner or carer that is accompanying. If this applies do not buy a ticket for the carer beforehand as this will be allocated through application.
Christmas in Edinburgh - Edinburgh
Taking place between 18th November 2016, to 7th January 2016, Christmas in Edinburgh is a remarkable, six-week period of festive entertainment based in the heart of the city. Expect a jam packed schedule as there is plenty to do in the six weeks leading up to Christmas and beyond, including markets, rides and many free attractions.
Beginning in St Andrews Square, the festivities continue throughout the city through East Princes St Gardens, George Street and Festival Square. For 2016 the popular 'Street of Light' returns in a new location, expect to feel warm inside as you're serenaded by this spectacular atmosphere as the street lights up with over 60,000 bulbs alongside synchronised music, including tunes from the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. If you enjoy a sing-a-long you can head to Edinburgh's famous West End and watch Christmas come to life on stage, as talented artists and theatre productions come together for the festive season. You can look forward to a fantastic selection of performances including Five Guys Named Mo, Morgan and Wests A (sort of) Christmas Carol and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which are enjoyable for all of the family.
Christmas in Edinburgh is an enjoyable experience for everyone as the majority of attractions are very accessible. There are a number of disabled facilities located throughout the sites, and as it's in the city centre, parking is not far from reach. For those who hold Blue Badge permits parking is free with no time limit. Most walkways are even and there are ramps to the majority of stalls and attractions, so no missing out!
Frankfurt Christmas Markets - Birmingham
Each year Birmingham brings you festive cheer as it plays host to the one of the largest, authentic German Christmas markets outside of Germany and Austria. Birmingham's infamous Frankfurt market begins on 17th November and stays open until 29th December 2016. Join in with the magic of the season as the market celebrates its 50th year in the city!
Warm your hands around a cup of traditional hot chocolate and escape the lively atmosphere of the city centre as you wonder around the quaint Christmas village and take a peek at over 180 snow topped wooden huts. With a fantastic range of goods and gifts to tease your eyes, it's a great place to spot last minute Christmas gifts or to treat yourself to a one off Christmas decoration - there is everything from handcrafted wooden decorations to the woolliest scarves you've ever seen. No to mention, an exceptional selection of food and drink on offer. Try a taste of Germany with the likes of bratwursts, roasted almonds and schnitzels.
Set in the heart of the city centre the market can be easily access by wheelchair users as the market is on level paths and step free. There is plenty of parking in and around the city which has designated parking sports for Blue Badge holders and accessible toilet facilities around both Victoria Square and New Street where the market is place. Assistance dogs are also welcomed, however due to the bustling atmosphere it is advised to plan your visit around off peak times.
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