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Parka at Christmas | Alternative Christmas Events

Parka at Christmas | Alternative Christmas Events

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As Christmas approaches, nothing makes us feel more festive than a Christmas market; from the aroma of spiced mulled wine and roasting chestnuts to beautiful gifts ideas. Having said that, it could be argued, once you've been to one Christmas market, you've been to them all. So this year we've rounded up our top picks of alternative Christmas events across the UK. Read on for all the details.
The great Christmas pudding race - Covent Garden, London
Saturday 8th December

Tough Mudder not really your thing? How about this festive fancy dress fun run through Covent Garden? Balancing a Christmas pud in hand while navigating foam and inflatables in Christmas costume has the makings of a great day out for participants and spectators alike. To top it off, it's all in aid of Cancer Research. Turn up on the day to take part.


The alternative Christmas market - Heartlands, Pool
Sunday 16th December
£3.28

More rock 'n' roll than the nutcracker, Redruth's alternative Christmas market is a fusion of live music, silent disco, circus acts and unique stalls. You can even get involved in workshops and open mic sessions too should you desire.


Christmas is Castleton - Castleton, Derbyshire
Throughout December

A month of festivities hits this quaint northern town this December. A spectacle of Christmas lights and decorated shops hosting competitions, craft workshops, late night openings and much more.


Christmas floating market - Main line canal towpath, Birmingham
Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd December

For one weekend only and back by popular demand, Birmingham's floating Christmas markets return. A succession of narrow boats line the canal offering crafts, food and gifts perfect for Christmas gifting.
Rocket around the Christmas tree - Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd December
€16

For something truly different this December, Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre presents a comedy sketch show Rocket around the Christmas tree. The ideal adult alternative to panto.


Hidden Christmas festival - Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th December
£6.95 – £13.95

Enter through a secret door and find yourself in a snow covered winter wonderland at Leeds' Kirkstall Abbey. Live performances of music and dance carry the theme of the Nutcracker this year, while festive drinks and food complete this joyous event.


24 doors of Advent - Edinburgh, Scotland
Saturday 1st - Monday 24th December
Varies

In line with our own Parka London advent calendar, this December Edinburgh is transforming its city into just that, an advent calendar. Each day of the month a different door will be unlocked allowing the public exclusive access to historic homes, museums and many more impressive locations. Remember to book in advance.


The big Christmas sing along - The Dome, Brighton
Thursday 13th December 7:30pm
£12

Join The Choir With No Name this December to fill Brighton with festive spirit. An alternative carol concert, you're invited to sing along to all the classics with the organisation that runs choirs for the homeless and marginalised.


What ever the Christmas events you attend this season, make sure you keep warm in one of our classic, winter weight parkas and coats.
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