5 magical Christmas days out in the North
Give the reindeers a rest, leave the sleigh behind and hop on board an Express train to discover magical Christmas days out and activities across the North and Scotland. Book your train tickets now and you’ll save over 50% - leaving more money left over for Christmas presents!
Liverpool is one magical city all year round, but never more so than this Christmas. The city is pulling out all the stops for your festive trip, like putting up the UK’s largest Christmas tree, building an ice rink at Pier Head, and hosting DreamWorks Lights at St George’s Hall. And that’s before you’ve shopped ‘til you snowdrop at Liverpool ONE’s 160 shops.
Christmas lands in Leeds on Friday 11 November with the return of Christkindelmarkt, the German Christmas Market at Millennium Square. Located just 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station, this Christmas market is ideal for families and kids will love the Christmas carousel and stalls with handcrafted toys. For much, much older ones, tuck into some Bavarian food and the obligatory beer (it’s Christmas, after all!).
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Enjoy a Christmas mini-break closer to home and get on the train to Edinburgh. If Christmas markets are your festive bag, there are two in the city – the Scottish and European Christmas Markets – with enough souvenirs, food and drink to keep you going until Hogmanay! Add to that a Christmas tree maze, double carousel, Santa run and reindeer ride, even the sternest scrouge will catch a little festive spirit…
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Visit York this Christmas and you won’t just find a market, you’ll discover an entire Christmas Festival all over the city, including Ice Trails, Winter Wonderlands and top-notch festive shopping.
Start at St Nicolas Fair (17 November to 23 December) for a hot mulled wine, cup of chestnuts or shop for handmade Christmas gifts. Shambles Market is also open every day and is another great place to visit in York, where you can pick up some good old Yorkshire produce for your Christmas table.
From giant snow slides to a brand new ice rink, Christmas activities in Manchester will be bigger and better than ever this year. The infamous Manchester Christmas Markets will be back once more, opening its wooden doors and warming up the Glühwein from 10 November to 20 December.
The city is most certainly open for festive business, despite the Ordsall Cord engineering works, but just make sure you check before you travel and your Christmas trip to Manchester will go ahead without a glitch.