Tinsel wrapped events to get you positively joyous for the Christmas season.

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With Christmas just around the corner, we’re counting down the zzz’s to the night that makes us all feel like kids again. To ensure you don’t miss out on the festivities, we’ve lined up the best Christmas events in the North to get you positively merry for the holiday season.


Just a short stroll from the below festive attractions and Nottingham Rail Station, Roomzzz at 1Talbot Street is the perfect place to enjoy an overnight Christmas break. Here are our top Christmas picks so you can indulge in all the festive cheer Nottingham has to offer.

Christmas Light Switch On

Date: 20th Nov 2015

Location: Old Market Square, Nottingham

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm (light switch on approx 6.25pm)

Nottingham welcomes the festive season with its annual light turn on, alongside the opening night of Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland

Date: 20th Nov – 3rd Jan

Location: Old Market Square, Nottingham

Time: 11am – 10pm (last session start 9pm)

From beautifully lit Christmas trees to cabins selling all the festive delicacies that we all too guiltily like to overindulge in, this year’s winter wonderland is not to be missed. With this year’s event featuring the biggest ice rink, it’s time to get your skates on.

“The winter festivities are the best of the year with open air ice rink, old fashioned carousel and warm mugs of wine to keep the cold out. A great place to visit to get a real Christmas atmosphere”.Yelp

Nottingham Christmas Market

Date: 20th – 3rd Jan (Long Row – 24th Nov)

Location: Long Row, Smithy Row and along the Ice Rink broad walk

Time: 10am – 6pm (8pm late night shopping)

With even more choice of gifts to spoil your loved ones this season, there is no excuse not to find the perfect gift this Christmas.

“We’ve been to several Christmas Markets in Germany, Belgium and France over the years. One to two of them actually don’t measure up to Nottingham’s one”.Tony, Trip Advisor 


Leeds Christmas Market, Christkindelmarkt, the UK’s finest European Christmas market is perfectly situated just a 10 minute stroll from Roomzzz at 10 Swinegate. So you can burn off all those mouth watering bratwurst sausages and get a good night’s rest after one or two German beers.

Leeds Christmas Market

Date: 13th Nov – 20th Dec

Location: Millennium Square

Time: Mon– Sat from 10.30am to 9.30pm, Sun; 10.30am to 6.30pm

Bringing some German inspired Christmas tradition to the UK this winter is Leeds Christkindelmarkt. To ensure a continental introduction to your festive season, the Leeds Christmas Market, featuring authentic wooden stalls covered in festive decor, is not to be missed.

“I’ve never left this place with anything other than a merry smile on my face”. Dave C, Yelp

“What a brilliant way to start the Christmas holidays. On the surface it’s like any other German Christmas market…however there’s two things make this place worth going. The first is the food and drink…the second thing that makes it worth going is the beer hall!” Colin D, Yelp

The Nutcracker

Date: 16th Dec – 2nd Jan

Location: Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

Time: Various

Adding a new meaning to a twinkling Christmas, don your best glad rags to enjoy the beautiful story of David Nixon’s, The Nutcracker, performed by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.


There is no excuse not to enjoy Chester’s festive haven with the nearest Roomzzz situated at Norroy House, Nuns Road only a tiny 5 minute walk away. Chester Train Station is also in the heart of it if you’re travelling by public transport.

Chester Christmas Market

Date: 19 Nov – 20 Dec

Location: Outside the Town Hall, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

Time: 10am – 6pm daily, – 8pm Thurs, – 7pm Fri & Sat

Filled with festive cheer and sparkly lights, Chester Christmas Market, with over 70 stalls will enlighten your Christmas season, getting you in the festive spirit for Christmas day.


Why not enjoy a mini Christmas getaway ‘In the Toon’ where a stay at Roomzzz Clavering Pl, Newcastle upon Tyne will put you only a stone’s throw away from those savoury and sweet delicacies from our favourite European cities. French waffles anyone?

Newcastle Continental Christmas Market

Date: 14th Nov – 28th Nov

Location: Grey Street and Grainger Street (5 minute walk from Newcastle Train Station)

Time: TBC

What better way to browse the stalls offering everything from delicious homemade jams to fashion accessories than with a warming glass of mulled wine or bottle of Newcastle’s finest local beers.


Missing the festivities of Manchester isn’t an option when you have the Roomzzz Aparthotel Manchester City situated at 36 Princess Street right in the heart of Manchester, and conveniently close to Manchester’s Christmas Market.

Manchester Christmas Market

Date: 14th Nov – 22nd Dec

Location: European Christmas Market, Albert Square

Time: 10am to 9pm daily

Manchester’s award winning Christmas Market returns this winter on the 14th November, offering the finest festive goodies of the grandest scale. With over 300 stalls across 10 sites, pure Christmas indulgent is guaranteed.

For exact locations visit http://www.visitmanchester.com/articles/shopping/christmas-markets/

“Warm and cold drink establishments are plentiful and most are under cover. Well worth a visit”. Eddie, Trip Advisor

“Manchester Christmas Markets have to be up there with Manchester’s main attractions every year. They really are something a bit special”. Alfie, Yelp

Manchester Ice Rink

Date: 12th Nov – 3rd Jan

Location: New Bailey, M3 5ER, beside Spinningfields

Time: 10am – 9pm weekends and 3-9pm Mon – Fri

Offers: Student and family deals

Whether you’re after a romantic night on the ice whilst impressing your other half, or just some fun frolics with your friends, don’t miss hitting the ice this winter at Manchester’s largest outdoor rink. With everything from DJ’s to themed ice sessions, you’re sure to pull a few moves, but hopefully not muscles, this winter!

Book your festive break through our booking form now!

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