Now the days are short, nights are long, the temperature has dropped and we are well and truly into the spirit of winter. However, we have to admit, some of our favourite things occur in these cold and blustery months…
Bratwursts, gluehwein, and Yuletide hand crafted gifts set in a lit-up chalet wonderland. The perfect way to spend the dark winter evenings with friends and loved ones. There are so many great Xmas markets around the UK but our personal favourites are Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland in London, followed closely by Manchester’s and Bath’s.
Ice rinks pop up all over the cities, decorated in thousands of twinkling fairy lights dancing off the ice. Go to Somerset House in London for the pretty impressive backdrop. In Manchester you have the opportunity to help power the ice rink by pedal power or head to the Eden Project, a glacial inspired rink inside the famous giant dome.
Dance shows like ‘Nutcracker’ and 'Swan Lake' seem to be synonymous with Christmas and there really is something truly special about going to the theatre or ballet at this time of year. The Nutcracker always evokes childhood Christmas memories, Jersey boys will entertain the whole family and the mere mention of ‘Frozen’ to a child will ensure their entire face lights up.
Cosy Nights in
Don’t want to venture out into the cold? Stay in and keep cosy! The Danish call this ‘Hygge’ and it involves open fires, candles, the best hot chocolate and a great book or your favourite winter film. Big knitted jumper and fluffy socks essential.
And what way to better celebrate all things winter with THE best New Year’s Eve celebration! For an overview of the best New Year celebrations around the world, look out for our December blog.