For some (well, most), it’s too soon to talk about Christmas… for others, it’s in full swing and you may be taking your friends and family down with you. Get them into the festive spirit and take them to your local light switch on or Christmas wonderland.
At Raleigh HQ, we’ve tried our best to get into the seasonal spirit by creating alternative Christmas trees – we’ve decorated our beautiful bikes. So if you don’t feel like decorating your tree this Christmas… give your favourite bike some fairy lights and a few baubles!
The Raleigh HQ light switch-on is already in full swing, we’ve chosen a selection of Winter Wonderlands across the UK so you can join in the festivities. There are hundreds of switch-ons and markets across the UK so we’ve featured a few and provided a list of even more near you.
in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thu 23 Nov
The lights display in Stratford over the Christmas period is considered one of the finest in the UK. The big switch-on coincides with the first day of the Christmas Market in Water Street and features a free Santa’s grotto at the Town Hall, carol singing from 4pm, live music and late-night shopping.
by Ann Miles Photography
on Thu 23 Nov in Leicester
If you’re near Leicester on the 23rd November, pop into the town centre and enjoy a festive switch-on at 6.30pm. Santa Claus will be present, along with a brass band, carolers and the brand new Christmas Market.
by Visit Leicester
in Hyde Park, London on 17th Nov – 1st Jan
A festive version of the touring circus production suitable for very young audiences, including jugglers, clowns and aerial performers inside a heated big top with theatre-style seating.
in Edinburgh on Sun 19th Nov @ 3pm
Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night is free for all to enjoy, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival season. It begins the official opening of all Edinburgh’s festive attractions.
Enjoy fireworks, delicious food and plenty of merry music.
by Edinburgh Spotlight
at Blenheim Palace from 24th Nov to 1st Jan
Blenheim Palace transforms into an out-of-this-world illuminated winter experience.
Explore Mistletoe Moment and the Tunnel of Light adorned with thousands of twinkling fairy lights. Walk beneath glowing lanterns and larger-than-life snowflakes and baubles, all set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland drenched in Christmas hues.
This magical trail is suitable for every family member, meaning everyone can get into the Christmas spirit in November through to January.
by Blenheim Palace
at RHS Garden Wisley from 1st Dec – 3rd Jan
RHS Wisley is beautiful whenever you choose to visit, over the festive season it becomes a magical wonderland illuminated with Christmas glow. You’ll find gifts, food and mesmerising displays, it’s fun for the whole family. You can find the prices for this event on the website.
Remember to check out even more festive events across the UK in the list below.
Plus, if you love the beautifully decorated bike we’ve used, you’ll find it on our website here.