Christmas around the world: Alnwick, UK

Gemisha Cheemungtoo shares what Christmas is like in Alnwick, Northumberland.

Gemisha Cheemungtoo
6th December 2019
So the term's ending, and you're ready to go back home. Whether you're planning on self-indulgence or self-study over the seasonal period, here's what Alnwick can offer if you're seeking an afternoon filled with festive spirit.

If you've ever stepped into The Alnwick Garden, you might be familiar with its world famous Poison Garden or its spectacular cherry blossom orchard in the springtime.  This winter, the Garden will be illuminated every night for visitors to stroll through after dusk. The Winter Light Trail, which requires the purchasing of its own ticket, offers more lively light and sound shows to 'have your senses buzzing'. If you would rather keep to the main garden grounds, the weekends will also feature live seasonal music throughout the day to keep up the festive mood. Armed with a mince pie and hot mulled wine from the winter stalls open till 22nd December, what would be a better way to beat the winter frost?

Of course, the 'market' aspect of Alnwick being a 'market town' cannot be ignored. Accompanied with live carolling, there, you can find more sweet treats and seasonal drinks amongst the stalls, as well as stocking fillers for your near and dear. With artisanal handicrafts and traditional gifts on sale, nothing says personalised more than the local treasures created by local artists.

If you missed Durham's Lumiere because of the rain, or don't fancy forking out to go down to London's Kew Gardens, Alnwick gives you the perfect opportunity to snap a few quality photos and create some fond memories.

Feature Image Credits: Alexander Kachkaev from Wikicommons (CC BY 3.0)

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