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We all know Christmas involves tinsel, carols and mince pies, but we've dug out the places that are going the extra (often alternative) mile this year...

Dotted all across the UK, quirky events take pride in welcoming festive cheer and thanks to Designmynight.com we have the top 10 worth integrating into your evenings.

1)      Wigwambam: Woodlandia @ Queen of Hoxton – London

The Queen of Hoxton has pumped some winter into its veins by transforming its rooftop bar into an enchanted woodland. Decorated by winding branches, fairy lights and open fire pits, this pop-up is a real treat. Dip your toes in its mythical vibe by scoffing down some BBQ food and glugging down some warming whisky-based cocktails.

2)      Christmas Cover Party @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar – Brighton

The Christmas Covers Party, now an annual institution, will dedicate the 13th of December to Christmas songs. Live bands will dominate the stage until the early hours and will each pump out three body shaking tunes. Purchase your cheap and cheerful ticket to hear some of your all-time favourites in a Christmassy atmosphere.

3)      Brum Notes Xmas Party with Midnight Bonfires and Guests @ The Hare and Hounds – Birmingham

Midnight Bonfires and support acts - The Good Water and Mighty Young will be providing a selection of music for the bustling Birmingham crowd this Christmas. For the price of £5, people can party on through the night while stocking up on some festive spirit to carry them through the days until the 25th.

4)      Cherie Bebe's Burlesque Christmas Special @ Matt and Phred's - Manchester

Dazzling performances from many acts, including Ginger La Rouge and Lily La Fox, will inspire many drawn out ohh’s and ahh’s in Manchester this Christmas. Magic tricks and ceiling performances will ensure everyone’s eyes are glued to the stage. Scribble out any plans you may have had on the 14th as this Burlesque Christmas Special will give you a night of glamour and extravagant entertainment that you will be telling your grandchildren about.

5)      Night Tales Pop-up Takes to Shoreditch - London

Night Tales has come to rescue Londoners and tourists alike from this chilly winter with an arsenal of scrumptious food and belly warming beverages. No need to press the panic button, as our strategy for the hibernation season is sorted. Chew to the beat of the DJ decks at this pop-up any night of the week.

6)      The Frankfurt Christmas Market – Birmingham

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has all you could ever wish for in a festive market, so there’s no need to travel to distant lands in search of one. Cheery elves will be selling handcrafted gifts alongside delicious nibbles and booze. Birmingham has definitely got its sparkle back as it sells everything from reindeer statues to reindeer burgers.

7)      Winter Wonderland Ale Festival @ Sidewinder – Brighton

Step into Christmas with the help of Sidewinder on the 5th December, with their Winter Wonderland Ale Festival. Blues music and beer will be flowing on this mischievous night out. It might be a little bit early for the white stuff but not in Sidewinder’s eyes – their snow machine will cough out plenty of snow to give the joint a snow globe makeover.

8)      Christmas with Caiger & Co. @ Borough Market - London

If there’s anything better than a top notch restaurant, it’s a BYOB policy. For £35 and a £5 corkage fee you can delve into a mouth-watering three course meal while bringing your own choice of booze. Re-enact a Christmas Day meal with your close friends and put your tummy in training for the real thing on the 25th.

9)      Eat Film @ Sloans – Glasgow

Forget sitting at home waiting for the Christmas TV guide to tell you when you can watch Miracle on 34th Street – head down to Sloans where screenings of your favourite movies will be on show throughout December. Choice eats will also be on offer at the venue to keep you satisfied. Hurry and purchase your tickets before they sell out!

10)   Q on Ice Winter Restaurant Pops up at Canary Wharf Ice Rink - London

It doesn’t matter if you fumble like Bambi or glide like a pro at Canary Wharf’s ice rink this Christmas, as the ultimate reward will be waiting for you at the end of your turmoil. Located right beside the rink, Q on Ice Winter Restaurant will have BBQ foods, Christmas cocktails and hot toddies to offer consolation to fallen soldiers on the ice. An evening that guarantees hearty laughs and full tummies; it’s definitely one to pencil into your diary.   

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