Whether you’re spending Christmas and the New Year in the UK or overseas this year, we would like to wish you a wonderfully merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Christmas traditions vary so much from place to place and family to family that no two celebrations are alike. Whatever you choose to do, we wish you joy and prosperity.

If you are staying in the UK, there’s plenty to do over the festive season​. From shopping at local Christmas markets to filling your home with the scent of baking (we recommend these scrumptious mince pies, for a properly seasonal treat), the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is a chance to catch up with family and friends and appreciate the important things in life.

Of course, it’s also a time for eating, drinking and being merry, so make sure you fit plenty of that in too!

Once Christmas is over, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. ​The UK hosts some spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations every year, with some of the biggest and brightest taking place in London. Parks and other venues across the city host some fantastic shows, but the best place of all to see fireworks is on the South Bank, with the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben creating a stunning backdrop when lit up from above at the stroke of midnight.

Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol are also known for their awe-inspiring fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, along with a host of other UK cities, so wherever you are there should be plenty of bright lights and excitement to help you see in the New Year.

Be sure to check local websites for other ways to celebrate, too. In Leeds, for example, 53 Degrees North is hosting a huge Hed Kandi party for those who want to see the New Year in whilst wearing their favourite dancing shoes. Meanwhile in Cardiff, a candle-lit ghost tour of Cardiff Castle provides a deliciously spooky alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Wherever you are and however you plan to celebrate, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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