Festive Days Out 2009

Woolly hat, scarf and mittens at the ready... it's time to get in the festive spirit with these family-friendly December days out!

Drogo Christmas
Castle Drogo in Devon loves Christmas! The youngest castle in Britain (built around 1915) is going back to an age when Christmas was less about a trip to Argos and more about tradition. The castle will be decorated in 1930s style and host various events including carol singing, foodie demonstrations and an old school Santa's grotto. (For more places to see Father Christmas, click here.)

Edinburgh Christmas Market
The picturesque Edinburgh comes up trumps at this time of year. It's so festive, that it even has a website dedicated to Edinburgh's Christmas (click title link above). The main event is the annual German Christmas Market packed with craft, gift and food stalls. It's celebrating its 10th outing this year, so it must be doing something right. (For more Christmas markets in Europe, see here.)

Edinburghs Christmas

Edinburgh's Christmas

White Christmas (Manchester and London)
If you like your Christmases retro, you'll already love White Christmas. See the 1940s musical in all its technicolour glory either on stage or on screen. Manchester's The Lowry is presenting Aled Jones, Suzanne Shaw and a 17-piece orchestra to bring Irvin Berlin's stage musical to life; meanwhile London's Riverside Studios are screening White Christmas starring the one and only Bing Crosby. Get ready for a sing-a-long!

Eden Project
The Eden Project in Cornwall is a brilliant place to visit at any time of year, but at Christmas it truly rocks. As well as the opportunity to skate around the magical icerink (magical because of the lush are bedecked with twinkling lights), you can get stuck into festive stalls,late night lantern processions, carol singing, storytelling and warming grub.

Westonbirt's Enchanted Christmas
This 600 acre Grade I-listed woodland is lit up like a wonderland at Christmas. The Forestry Commission's National Arboretum offers a mile-long illuminated including trees lit by solar power and lights that switch on when you sing to them.

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