With less than three weeks to go until Christmas, we're getting in the festive spirit with a roundup of five of our favorite Christmas events. From ice skating to Christmas markets, which will you be visiting?
GET YOUR SKATES ON!
Ice rinks are popping up around the capital in impressive locations including Somerset House, the National History Museum and by the London Eye. Our favorite? Combining two of our favorite pastimes - shopping and skating - we'll be hitting the ice at Westfield London's ice rink, which can be found in the atrium of the West London shopping centre.
The Westfield Ice Rink is open until Sunday 5 th January. To find out more and book your tickets click here.
FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET
Indulge in Glühwein, Bratwurst and sweet treats at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market - the largest German market outside of Germany and Austria. The impressive market spans New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square in the city centre, with the iconic singing Christmas Moose and big wheel returning for 2013.
The Christmas Craft and Frankfurt Market will be in Birmingham until Sunday 22 nd December. Find out more information here.
Leeds is home to its very own winter wonderland with The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park. Explore the massive maze, hit the ice rink or follow the Nordic Ski Trail through the Enchanted Forest, followed by the obligatory hot chocolate in the licensed Woodland Café.
This is a Christmas day out that everyone will enjoy, and is on until Monday 6 th January – find out more and plan your visit here.
Manchester’s award-winning Christmas markets return for the 15 th year, bringing a taste of continental Europe to eight sites across the city centre. We’ll be visiting to do some Christmas shopping and sample some of the delicious food and drink on offer, including Spanish paella, Dutch mini pancakes and fresh French bread. ‘Tis the season for indulgence after all!
The Manchester Christmas Markets will be on until Sunday 22 nd December – click here for more information.
ONE STOP CHRISTMAS SHOP
Take the hassle out of Christmas shopping with a trip to Cardiff centre – their Christmas markets and shopping centre are all in close proximity so you can get all of your gifts, plus pay a visit to one of our two Cardiff stores! Once you’ve finished in the shops pay a visit to Cardiff’s Flybe Winter Wonderland for food, drink and a go on the Star Ride - a 60m high spinning chair ride which offers incredible views over the city.
To find out more about Christmas events in Cardiff click here.
Which of these Christmas events do you think sounds the best? Have we missed any great events in your city? Let us know by commenting below or tweet us @river_island!