In Great Britain you can become the star of the best Christmas films ever. Here are the places to reach during the Advent period.
The magic of Christmas is literally invading all the cities of the world, transforming the streets, neighborhoods and squares into winter postcards of immense beauty. This is the perfect time to organize new and extraordinary trips that catapult us into an enchanted world in which to get lost and immerse ourselves.
There are many places to reach. Cities of art, European capitals, towns and villages: the Christmas miracle is taking shape everywhere. It does this through twinkling lights, light installations and dazzling decorations, majestic trees and nativity scenes. And then, again, with the scent of cinnamon, toasted almonds and mulled wine that spreads through the air and shows us the way. In short, you are spoiled for choice. But if it is a new and different experience from the usual ones that you want to live this year during the Advent period, then we recommend that you organize a trip to Great Britain. Not only because the capital's illuminations are among the most famous in the world, nor because a castle in North Yorkshire has been transformed into Peter Pan's home, but also and above all because here you can become the protagonist of a magical Christmas film. Here are the places to reach.
In Great Britain you can become the protagonist of a Christmas fairy tale
Great Britain is, in all likelihood, one of the most evocative places to reach during the Christmas period. Between breathtaking lights, grandiose events and sumptuous decorations, even a simple walk through the streets we already know can transform into an enchanted experience. However, there is another way to explore the English territory in this period, and that is to reach all those destinations that have been the backdrop to the most famous films in the history of cinema and which are made even more magical during Christmas.
If the idea of living an adventure out of the ordinary during the Advent period is in your mind, all you have to do is grab a pen and paper and pack your bags. Ready to go?
Last Christmas: on the locations of the Christmas film
Our journey through the sets of English films begins right in the capital. If it is true that there is always a good reason to reach London, at any time of the year and in all seasons, it is equally true that doing so now will allow everyone to live a magical experience. During the holidays, in fact, the London urban scene becomes fervent and sparkling thanks to the presence of lights, installations, decorations and events that involve and overwhelm the senses. If you are thinking of taking a trip to the capital of the United Kingdom during the Advent period, then you cannot fail to include in your travel itinerary all those places that were the backdrop to Paul Feig's romantic Last Christmas. The addresses to mark in your diary are: Covent Garden in London, the Natural History Museum ice rink, the Millennium Bridge, Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus.
Paddington: adventures for adults and children
Let's stay in London to discover some of the places dearest to children's imagination: those that were the backdrop to the adventures of Paddington Bear.
Among the places to reach we point out the iconic statue of Paddington station, the streets of Primrose Hill and those of Notting Hills, where the Browns family house stands. Also unmissable is Hatfield House, the country house located in the town of Hatfield.
Love Actually: a romantic Christmas in London
If you want to become the protagonists of a cult film this Christmas, then all you have to do is stay in London and retrace the romantic footsteps of Love Actually, the famous 2003 film directed by Richard Curtis. The South Bank bench, overlooking the Millenium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral is the perfect place to take magical couple selfies. Added to this are Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern and St Luke's Mews, a colorful and evocative neighborhood located a few steps from Portobello Road where you can do all kinds of Christmas shopping.
Christmas in the Cotswolds, like Bridget Jones
If you are fascinated by silence, nature and lush pastures, then leave populated London behind to reach the Cotswolds, the famous English hills that wind through the counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. This suggestive hilly area, characterized by countryside, stone villages and rural beauty, has been the backdrop for many films and television series. Among these also Bridget Jones's Diary. In fact, the famous scene of the party organized by Bridget's parents was filmed right here. The place to reach, in this case, is Snowshill. A scenic and picturesque village that will make you fall in love, especially at Christmas.
A Christmas Carol: on the locations of a Christmas fairy tale
We now move to the delightful town located in Warwickshire, the very one that served as the backdrop to one of the most evocative Christmas films ever. We are talking about A Christmas Carol, the film adaptation of the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
The backdrop to this fairy tale for adults is the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, among the best preserved in the whole country. Together with him also Rainham Hall, a house dating back to the Georgian period, located in the London district of Havering.
Downton Abbey: an aristocratic Christmas
Downton Abbey needs no introduction: the British series dedicated to the events of the Crawley family has achieved enormous success among viewers all over the world.
Over the years, many film tourism enthusiasts have traveled to reach all those locations, located in Scotland and England, which were the backdrop to the series.
The most iconic are Highclere Castle, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and Inveraray Castle in Scotland which open their doors to travelers during the Advent period to welcome them with festive events and magical manifestations so as to allow them to retrace the footsteps of Downton Abbey in a Christmas version.
Sussex, chasing the Snowman
The last stop of our journey takes us to Sussex, right there where the animated classic Snowman based on the illustrated story by Raymond Briggs came to life.
The countryside flown over by James and his snowman is that of the South Downs National Park, evocative at any time of the year and in all seasons.
Also worth visiting is the Royal Pavilion, one of the most iconic and evocative monuments of Brighton and the whole country.
Framed by lights and decorations, the monument will be the backdrop to your personal Christmas fairy tale.