As Christmas draws near, people are beginning to organise festive plans with friends and family to enjoy the crisp weather and explore Christmas markets. With a magical Winter Light up happening on the first weekend of December, it’s no wonder that Dover comes in third place for the most picturesque town for Christmas in the UK.
Home to the iconic White Cliffs, Dover is well worth a visit with its history packed castle and delicious restaurants.The coastal town has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to explore during the festive season
Dover was named third most picturesque wintry town behind Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Shrewsbury, Shropshire, based on Instagram hashtag data. More than 500 lanterns paraded through Dover as part of the annual Winter Light Up festival this weekend.
A spokesperson for Stelrad said: “With a two-day Christmas celebration, Dover is definitely a place for those who love lights, a fire garden and a range of Christmas stalls.”
But Dover is also a picturesque location for its breathtaking views over the English Channel towards France. They’re at the closest point to the continent with the coastline of Calais being visible on a clear day.
The cliffs are also home to one of the county’s most underrated walking trails. One of the most popular walks, taking up to around 90 minutes, starts in the village of Kingsdown – at the northern end of the cliffs.
Not far away from the cliffs, visitors can find one of the largest castles in England. Built in the 12th century. It has hosted royal visits from Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles I’s queen, Henrietta Maria.
The High Street has been criticised for its empty shops, but the town continues to offer a range of eateries including Dover’s only Caribbean restaurant – Jerk n’ Tingz.
And for those in Dover this month, two reindeers will be visiting the town on December 9 on Market Square, with some lucky visitors getting the opportunity to feed them. Not only with the little ones be able to see Santa’s favourite sleigh pullers, they will be given a chance to meet Father Christmas himself in his grotto.
He will have 600 free gift bags for children, which include a huge gingerbread biscuit, Christmas story book, gingerbread man crayons and Christmas activity sheets. There will also be other entertainment on the day.
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