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Whether it's ice skating, making and displaying your own lanterns, watching a flying Santa, or simply hitting some of the best German markets in Britain, hop onto a CrossCountry train and let us help you enjoy Christmas.

Whatever you decide remember to get a CrossCounty Advance ticket, not only are they great value they come with a confirmed seat reservation.


Edinburgh's Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. Edinburgh’s Christmas runs from 18 November 2016 to 7 January 2017. Edinburgh's Christmas takes place in St Andrew Square, East Princes St Gardens, George Street and Festival Square, and features fantastic shows in the new Festival Square Theatre, as well as ice skating, markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breathtaking views over the city. Plus we welcome the return of the Street of Light in an iconic new location on the west end of George Street! Illuminating Edinburgh’s New Town with a stunning light display set to music from celebrated local choirs and performers.

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Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar and, together with the neighbouring Christmas Craft market, a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from across the UK and Europe. Birmingham comes alive every winter with the arrival of the Market, a clear sign that Christmas is just around the corner. With over 120 stalls there is something for everyone.

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Whether you fancy yourself as the next Torvil or Dean, or you just want to have a laugh with friends and family, give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

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This year’s Lantern Procession will be taking place on Thursday 1 December from 6pm – 8pm in the Cathedral Outer Close. It is a great event for all the family whether you participate or come as a spectator. The procession of colourful handmade paper and willow lanterns will leave the Cathedral at 6pm and parades around the Outer Close. The celebrations include live music, congregational carols and conclude with fireworks. All welcome.

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This year's Christmas Market will run from Saturday 19th November until Sunday 18th December. The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by this special seasonal Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration and to create a real Christmas buzz at the heart of the city.

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The main attraction at Southampton is the twice-daily show of “The Flying Santa”. He will fly over the market in his sleigh with his reindeer at a height of 35m and at the end will hand out a small present to each child.

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A fun, festive family 2k run through the town centre on late-night shopping evening. Great fun for everyone and you will be also supporting Children's Hospice South West in its 25th Anniversary year.

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The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street.

 With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air - a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.

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For one weekend the Ice Trail transforms York, sprinkling some magic across the city. Wrap up warm and join the festivities with a sparkling celebration of the city during the weekend of 10 and 11 December. Follow the Ice Trail to find 30 crystal-clear ice statues sprinkled around the centre and surrounding streets.

Marvel at magnificent icy creations, enjoy festive treats at the street food stalls and sip mulled wine as you decide which sculpture is your next stop. The Ice Trail is a must in York’s festive calendar and the icing on top of your Christmas break in the city.

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Santas Grotto is at the heart of the event with the much loved Sleigh Bar and the traditional German Sausage grill. Fargate will host log cabins selling a variety of themed goods and many Sheffield independent traders will showcase all that is great with the Sheffield retail scene. Santas Grotto guarantees a meeting with the big man himself with a photo opportunity and top quality gifts for every child.

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