Here are some exciting Christmas attraction ideas for what to do in the Midlands and the South this Christmas :
The Ice Rink and Big Wheel
Birmingham’s winter ice rink and big wheel can be found instead on the Eastside Green in New Canal Street.
There is a funfair and food stalls and a Christmas Tree Bar. One stall is offering a full Christmas dinner, whether you want that in a Yorkshire Pudding wrap, or plated up.
Where: Eastside Green in New Canal Street, Birmingham
When: November 16 until January 7 (closed Christmas Day)
Price: Ice skating: Adults £9.50, under 12s £7.50; add a trip on the Big Wheel for £5 per person.
Magical Lantern Festival
The Magical Lantern Festival is back in Birmingham.
People can expect to see hundreds of handmade, illuminated installations.
The lanterns include pandas, clowns, reindeer, Santa and penguins clowns and even a Bullring bull at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Look out for the giant gingerbread house and enormous and an incredible replica Birmingham Central Library.
Where: Kings Heath Park, Birmingham (also similar events in London, Manchester and Leeds)
When: November 24 to January 1
Price: Weekdays, adults from £12.00, children from £8.00, plus booking fees. Weekend supplements apply. Family and group concessions are available. Additional charge for Santa’s Grotto.
Burning of the Clocks
Burning of the Clocks is a free event that takes place every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, Same Sky – Brighton’s community art charity – produces this much-loved free event, which combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate.
Burning the Clocks is a unique community event in which local people make their own paper and willow lanterns. After carrying them through the city in a lantern parade they pass them into the fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end. Then a dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky!
It is free and the route is suitable for all ages and abilities. Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch.
Where: New Road, Brighton to Madeira Drive (seafront)
When: 6:30pm, Thursday December 21
Price: Free (but donations welcome)
Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink
Drink, skate, and fondue with a skyline: London’s first rooftop ice rink opens this November at Skylight in the Tobacco Dock. Children welcome until 6pm.
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington St, Wapping, London
When: 02 Nov 17 – 13 Jan 18, Thurs/Fri: 17:00 – 23:00 Sat/Sun: 12:00 – 23:00
Price: Skating tickets, £10
Skate at Somerset House
Festive cheer with a touch of elegance: Skate at Somerset House
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA (Nearest tube: Temple)
When: 15 Nov 17 – 14 Jan 18, Book your time slot in advance
Price: From £7.50 plus booking and transaction fees.
Christmas Special: Hogwarts in the Snow, Warner Bros. Studio
Step into the magic of Christmas at Hogwarts: explore the Great Hall, Gryffindor Common Room, and Hogwarts model castle transformed for the festive season.
Where: Warner Bros. London Studio Tour, Leavesden, WD25 7LR (Nearest tube: Watford)
When: 18 Nov 17 – 28 Jan 18, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Price: Adults: £37 to £39; Child (5-15): £29 to £31. Other packages are available. Tickets must be purchased in advance.