Driving home for Christmas is surely one of the best journeys of the year. Boot filled with presents, excited children sitting in the back seats, Christmas carols blasting from the radio, could it possibly get any better? Well, thanks to, it could! Here are our top five places to stop on your way home to really get you in the festive spirit.

1. Mousehole, Cornwall

Started in 1963 by artist, Joan Gillchrest, the lights in this small fishing village have become one of the biggest Christmas spectacles in the UK. Today, more than 30,000 people descend on the harbour every year to see the display which is made up of more than 7,000 lights. We’d hate to see the electricity bill! 

The lights will be switched on at 7pm on 12 December this year and will be open until 2 January. More info here is available at

2. Christmas Adventure, West Yorkshire

Open now until 4 January the enchanted forest, maze and outdoor ice rink in Stockeld Park has everything for the ultimate festive family pit stop. Expect floating angels, silver reindeer and ethereal birds, in other words, everything you need to get into the Christmas spirit! 

3. The Coca-Cola Truck Tour

For many, Christmas doesn’t really start until the Coca-Cola truck makes its appearance on our TVs and we hear the, now familiar, sounds of ‘Holidays are coming’. It gets us feeling all Christmassy just thinking about it. To take it that one step further and see the Coca-Cola truck in the flesh you can now join it as it tours the UK, visiting most cities along the way. To see when the famous red convoy will be visiting a location near you, click here.

4. Birmingham German Market

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas and Craft Market has been running for more than ten years and is now the largest outdoor Christmas market in Britain. Featuring more than 180 stalls with everything from food, drink, crafts and fantastic present ideas, it’s sure to have something for visitors of all ages. 

The market is open now until 22 December but, be warned, it gets busy. Give yourself plenty of time to get round and stick together! 

5. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

An amazing way to get into the Christmas spirit while visiting the capital, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a true festive feast for the eyes. With a stunning ice rink around the Victorian bandstand that’s lit with thousands of lights and accompanied by Christmas songs, what better way to spend your time in the run up to the big day. Visitors can recover from all of that skating in one of the nearby caf?s and celebrity spot while they enjoy mulled wine. There’s even a carousel bar that rotates as you enjoy your festive treats, just maybe go easy on the mulled wine if you visit here!


Sarah Lewis


December 1, 2015