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Christmas in your Host City.

Just as the John Lewis ad and a certain red truck hits our TV screens, it’s that time of year…
…Holidays are coming!

We’ve searched the internet to find a selection of the best Christmas markets, winter wonderlands, traditional Pantomimes and all christmassy events going on in your Host City:


Birmingham.

      • Brum’s German Market – Brum’s Frankfurt market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany with over 80 stalls. 2019’s market takes place in Victoria Square and New Street all the way through to 23rd December from 10am to 9pm every day.
      • Big Wheel and Ice Rink – Open until the 12th January the undercover ice rink, big wheel and city flyer rides are open 10am to 10pm in Centenary Square.

#bhamgram from @clayt_ with this brilliantly energetic reminder (as if you needed one) that there’s loads of Christmas fun to be having in town again now! This is a wonderful shot capturing a part of the city that is changing at a very fast pace! Awesome! ❤️ ・・・ Christmas is back in Birmingham ⠀ * * * * * #bhamgram #igersbirmingham #bhamupdates #birminghamupdates #birminghamlife #bhamvisuals #birminghamuk #birminghamcity #birminghamblogger #0121 #iluvbrum #christmasinbham #nightphotoearth #night_shooterz #weownthenight #ig_nightphotography #nightscape #fromwhereidrone #djiglobal #djicreator #iamdji #mavic2pro #dronestagram #droneofficial #droneoftheday #globalnightsquad #uk_shooters #uk_spinners #ukpotd_nov18 #uk_greatshots

1,701 Likes, 49 Comments – Birmingham on Instagram (@birminghamgram) on Instagram: “#bhamgram from @clayt_ with this brilliantly energetic reminder (as if you needed one) that there’s…”

      • City Social – Located in the Suffolk Street Queensway underpass next to the Mailbox. With a different vibe to the German market, you’ll find chalets selling global foods and locally-made gifts with live music and outdoor heaters. City social runs from November 28th to December 21st.
      • The Panto – The Birmingham Hippodrome is home to Snow white and the Severn Dwarfs this year. The panto runs from December 21st to February 2nd.

Bristol.

      • Bristol’s Christmas Market – home to over 50 unique stalls, selling seasonal delights, crafts and unique items. The market is located in the Broadmead area and runs all the way through to the 23rd Open from 10am to 10pm the market has a mix of food and drink including the Jäger Barn Bar with heated seating and live music. You can try your hand at Curling.
      • Head out the city – Hop on the bus to the Mall, Cribbs Causeway for some Christmas shopping and Winter Wonderland. Home to the UK’s biggest ice track at 1,500 sq meters. It’s open until the 5th January.
      • The traditional Bristol Christmas experience – St Nicholas Markets have been the traditional centre of Bristol’s Christmas since the 1800’s. With the regular indoor market with over 60 stalls plus a Christmas themed outdoor one which is open from the 11th December until Christmas eve from 10am to 5pm.
      • Brave the riverside chill – Over five weekends the Harbourside area will be transformed into a covered Christmas market with 40 of Bristol’s brightest independent retailers. The Harbourside Christmas Market will be open from 23rd November to 22nd December between 11am – 5pm.

It’s day two of The Harbourside Christmas Market today Open 11am-5pm for merriment, live music and mulled drinks, plus loads of great local stalls #merrybristmas

101 Likes, 6 Comments – The Harbourside Market (@theharboursidemarket) on Instagram: “It’s day two of The Harbourside Christmas Market today Open 11am-5pm for merriment, live music…”

      • The Panto – Dick Whittington is the panto at Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas. Running from 7th December to 5th January.

Cambridge.

      • Winter Wonderland– London’s Hyde Park is home to the biggest and best winter wonderlands in the UK if not the world. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music, there’s enough fun things to do to fill a whole day and evening.
      • Hogwarts in the Snow– Unfortunately you can’t board the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross, but you can take a 20-minute train ride from Euston to Watford Junction and then a shuttle bus to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The Making of Harry Potter attraction has had a festive make over right through to the 26th January. Christmas trees line the Great Hall, treats fill the Gryffindor common room and the Hogwarts Castle model is covered in a blanket of snow. Between the 9-11th December you can even have Dinner in the Great Hall.
    • The Great Hall turns into a winter wonderland for the #YuleBall as the entire set is adorned with silver. Have you seen the festive set during #HogwartsInTheSnow?

      23k Likes, 156 Comments – Warner Bros. Studio Tour (@wbtourlondon) on Instagram: “The Great Hall turns into a winter wonderland for the #YuleBall as the entire set is adorned with…”

          • Christmas by the River – More than 70 wooden cabins full of festive treats line the banks of the Thames. The traditional Christmas market stretches along the Queen’s Walk from London Bridge City Pier to The Scoop at More London, with views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the City of London.
          • The Panto – The London Palladium, plays host to Goldilocks and the Three Bears with top stars including Paul O’Grady, Matt Baker and Julian Clary from the 7th December to the 12th January.

      Nottingham.

          • Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland – Old Market Square is the focal point for all things festive in Nottingham. All the way through until New Years Eve the market square is transformed into a winter wonderland. With a Christmas Market, Ice skating, toboggan slide, fairground rides and an ice bar.

      Have you booked your tickets for the ice rink yet? Remember this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! https://loom.ly/VL8yz5M #NottinghamWinterWonderland #Christmas2019

      48 Likes, 0 Comments – Winter Wonderland (@winterwonderlandnottingham) on Instagram: “Have you booked your tickets for the ice rink yet? Remember this year it’s going to be bigger and…”

          • The Panto – The Theatre Royal is home to Cinderella until the 5th January. Sooty (now there’s a throwback!) and Gareth Gates star.

      Oxford.

          • Oxford’s Christmas Market – Now in it’s 10th year the Christmas market takes place on Broad Street in the city centre between the 5th-21st December. To the sounds of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offer a range of gifts, decorations and food and drink from the wooden stalls. The market is open Thursdays – Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sundays to Wednesday until 6:30pm.
          • Frosty 5k – Join 1,500 other Santa’s for a walk, jog or run through the spires of Oxford, taking place on the 7th December, the 5k route takes your through 4 themed zones: Ice, Fog, Fire and Snow.
          • Christmas at the Palace – Catch the bus to a grand Christmas at Blenheim Palace. A Christmas Market takes place between the 22nd November and 15th December, with a spectacular illuminated light trail running through the festive gardens all the way through to New Years Day. The state rooms have been transformed into a whimsical wonderland, telling the story of Alice in Wonderland.

      There’s just a week left to catch our Christmas Market and pick up some handcrafted and locally sourced gifts. Remember – arrive before 12.00 to park and enter for free! @peteseawardphotography #christmasatblenheimpalace #blenheimpalace

      2,021 Likes, 26 Comments – Blenheim Palace (@blenheimpalace) on Instagram: “There’s just a week left to catch our Christmas Market and pick up some handcrafted and locally…”

          • The Panto – Beauty and the Beast is the panto at the Oxford Playhouse all the way through to January 12th.

      Plymouth.

      #Repost @plymuni * * * It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Have you been down to the Plymouth Christmas Market? Explore over 60 log cabins of food, unique gifts, festive drinks and much more! #plymouth #christmasiscoming #christmasmarket #christmasinplymouth #festive

      51 Likes, 0 Comments – Visit Plymouth (@visitplymouth) on Instagram: “#Repost @plymuni * * * It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Have you been down to the…”

          • Illuminate – Make sure to visit the historic Royal William Yard between the 28th November and 1st December as an incredible light-based festival takes place to mark the start of the Mayflower 400 commemorative year. From 5:30pm each evening, the free event provides immersive visual art, spectacular projections and interactive installations set out across the Royal William Yard.
          • Barbican Lights – Head down to Southside Street in the Barbican on the 1st December for the light switch on at 5pm. And then explore and take in the sites as the waterside is lit up by the twinkling lights.
          • Plymouth’s Christmas Market – The outside of Host Central Point is home to Plymouth’s Christmas market. The city centre Piazza will host more than 50 traders from across the South West, selling a range of unique gifts, sweet treats, festive food and a Bavarian bar. A giant illuminated bauble provides the best spot for a cheeky selfie as gospel choirs get you into the festive spirit.
          • Penguin Trail– Unfortunately not real ones, you’ll need to hop on a train to Torquay to see those. But Armada Way is the start of a trail of 20 life size Lego penguins, hidden in the shops and businesses of Plymouth city centre. Find the names of the 19 rockhopper and one emperor penguin and be in with a chance of winning a penguin feeding experience for you and three friends. The trail runs from the 30th November to 5th January.
          • The Panto – Theatre Royal Plymouth is home to Cinderella between the 20th December and 18th January.

      Sheffield.

          • Sheffield’s Christmas Market – Head to Fargate in the city centre right up to Christmas Eve, to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the popular Christmas market. 50 handpicked market traders cover Fargate, Town Hall Square and Peace gardens selling a range of gifts, crafts and festive food and drink. Jump onboard the Big Wheel and take in the view.

      We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy holiday. 🙂 #shefunilife (Photo by @es_kwon )

      1,355 Likes, 2 Comments – The University of Sheffield (@theuniversityofsheffield) on Instagram: “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy holiday. 🙂 #shefunilife (Photo by @es_kwon )”

          • THOR’S Tipi bar Located in the Peace Gardens, the Tipi Bar is open right the way through until the 5th January, selling a range of festive drinks including hot cocktails, the tipi bar will keep you warm after a day Christmas shopping in the city centre.
          • The Post Room – Head to Meadowhall for this unique experience. The Post Room is full of quirk Christmas themed rooms and fun, festive backdrops, each one more Instagrammable than the last.
          • The Panto – The Lyceum Theatre is home to Sheffield’s pantomime, Cinderella. Cinderella runs from the 6th December until the 5th January.

      Share your Christmas activities with us on Instagram by using #HoHoHost and tagging us @hoststudentsuk and keep a look out across our social channels as we share a load more all things Christmas!

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News flash! Christmas in your Host City.

We’ve searched the internet to find a selection of the best Christmas markets, winter wonderlands, traditional Pantomimes and all christmassy events going on in your Host City.