Best British annual events in Winter 2021


1. The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Date: 11th December 2021

Location: London and Brighton, South East

One of the wackiest races you’ll ever see, teams race around a 150-metre course balancing a Christmas pudding on a flimsy paper plate. They have to navigate two slippery inflatables, balloons filled with flour, jets of foam and limbo poles. To complicate things even further, they do it all in fancy dress.

2. Christmas at Kew

Date: December TBC

Location: London, South East

Learn to ice-skate against the picturesque background of Kew Gardens, which delivers a sparkling after-dark experience and a truly festive atmosphere every year.

3. Newcastle Gateshead Winter Festival and New Year’s Eve Carnival,

Date: December TBC

Location: Newcastle, North East

The annual New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival sees the Newcastle Ice Queen and her entourage of local community participants parading through the streets of Newcastle, culminating in an early-evening fireworks display.

4. Hogmanay

Date: 31st December 2021

Location: Scotland

Hogmanay is what the Scots call New Year's Eve and the arrival of the New Year is always celebrated in style across the country. Fireworks, open-air concerts and street parties make Hogmanay Scotland’s biggest party of the year.

Please note that events are subject to change, and visitors are strongly advised to check individual websites for the latest information.


1. New Year’s Day Parade

Date: 1st January 2021

Location: London, South East

London’s New Year’s Day Parade has evolved into one of the capital’s great traditions. Usually starting at 12pm, the parade along the capital’s West End will fill the streets with marching bands, cheerleaders, acrobats, kites and more.

2. Celtic Connections

Date: 14th –31st January 2021

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, celebrating Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. It’s the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and Britain’s premier celebration of Celtic music, and usually featuring concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, and workshops.

3. Burns’ Night

Date: 25th January 2021