The UK's best cities for winter breaksTuesday 07 November 2017 by Jessica Mendoza As wonderful as summer holidays are, there is something special about winter city breaks. Wandering the streets wrapped up warm, diving into picture-perfect cafes and taking advantage of the fewer tourists and off-season prices - experiencing more for less!
Of course, London is the clear winner when it comes to being the best city for winter breaks. Every corner you turn you can guarantee it will be decorated with market stalls and Christmas lights. We’ll start with the Winter Wonderland created in Hyde Park every year. You can ice skate, browse Christmas markets, watch a performance and drink mulled wine, all in the same place. However, it does get busy (especially the ice rink) so if there's something you really want to do then make sure you book tickets in advance. Another event to look forward to is the Canary Wharf winter lights – countless interactive experiences and stunning artworks across Canary Wharf. Highlights include live graffiti created by Merav Etan and Gaston Zahr which allow visitors to transform into angels using photography and social media. Make sure you go ice skating at Somerset House during your stay - the rink offers beautiful surroundings to skate through and admire. If skating is not really your thing, wrap up warm and visit one of London's parks this winter. You might not be able to picnic, but you'll definitely be able to pick up a hot chocolate on the walk round.
Second on our list is our beloved home (at least for Head Office) city Bristol. When you visit Bristol during winter it becomes abundantly clear as to why this is the place to spend your city break. Millennium Square ice rink is one of those reasons (5th November – 3rd January). For under £10 you get 45 minutes to strut your stuff on the ice whilst admiring all the beautiful lights and Christmas decorations surrounding you. Another reason? Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway (10th November – 8th January). Cribbs Causeway doesn’t only look beautiful but it also holds the largest outdoor rink in the South West - and of course there’s food, an enchanted ice castle and a magical train ride. Bristol also hosts a wonderful Christmas market in the town centre, full of food and drink stands - you will not leave feeling unsatisfied, that’s for sure.
In third place on our list is Manchester. You cannot go wrong with a city break in Manchester during the holiday season, especially now Festive Film is back, taking place at Manchester United's Old Trafford (classed as the World's Biggest Drive Thru), playing all the family favourites. Make sure to visit the award winning Christmas Market in the city centre as well, hosting the biggest and best market stalls to date and whilst you’re there you can take advantage of the bargains on offer and stock up on local food and gifts. You can also add a little thrill to your winter, as Winter Wonderland hosts an indoor theme park at EventCity, ride the rollercoasters until your hearts content.
And last but by no means least – Nottingham. As everyone knows the 5th November is coming up, which is a perfect excuse to light up a massive fire and watch a spectacular firework display - Nottingham certainly delivers a spectacular firework display. It will be held at the Forest Recreation Grounds – the same place as Goose Fair and the bonfire will be lit at 7:45pm and fireworks at 9pm. Also starting in November, the 20th of November to be exact, the Old Market Square will get a festive makeover in the form of a public ice skating rink and multiple wooden shacks selling mulled wine. Walking around the wooden market stalls in the day is pleasant enough, but the market truly shines at night.