Category: Christmas in Britain

Winter Wonderland is an event held in Hyde Park, London, every December. There are illuminations, ice skating, circus performances, a ‘Magical Ice Kingdom’, theme-park-style rides, ‘Santa Land’, shops and lots of food and drinks, including bars and a reproduction town …

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On the first Thursday of December every year, there is an event in which a famous person switches on the Christmas tree lights in Trafalgar Square, London. The tree is a gift from Norway, and has been given every year …

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In early December every year there is an event called The Great Christmas Pudding Race. It is a charity event in which teams of 6 people in ‘fancy dress’ compete in an obstacle course race carrying a Christmas pudding. Anybody …

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Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday at the end of November on which families traditionally make their ‘Christmas Pudding’ all together, and the children learn how to make it. The tradition of the whole family making it together started in the Victorian …

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Towards the end of each year British like to make a short list of things they wish to change about themselves. They make a promise to themselves (a resolution) to keep to these changes. Popular new year’s resolutions are to …

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British New Year’s Day is very different to Japan! There isn’t much to say about it, because it is mostly sleeping, to recover from the effects of a hard previous night of partying. It is just a one-day holiday, and …

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New Year’s Eve is a time for partying. Christmas is for families but New Year is more for friends. There are many organised New Year parties, or some people have them at their home, inviting many friends. It is an …

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