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Fab Five destinations in CMK this festive season

Fab Five destinations in CMK this festive season

Reigniting our Fab Five series, we have pulled together some of the key festive places in CMK to visit over the festive season. From shopping, eating and drinking to dancing and indulging in fun filled activities – there’s something for everyone in CMK this Christmas.


centre:mk is a magical destination for everyone this festive season, whether you are shopping, dining or experiencing the wonderful atmosphere of the grotto in Middleton Hall, there is something there for everyone. Hop on the carousel, train and even try the new VR sleigh ride, which is delighting visitors.

If shopping is on your mind, you can be sure to get all of your Christmas shopping here, under one roof, with brilliant gift ideas from John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and luxury beauty brands from H Beauty and Boots. Refresh your festive wardrobe with a new outfit for New Year’s Eve; the new Ted Baker store, Jigsaw and River Island have some fantastic trends in store right now, with the huge Primark hard to beat for wonderful nightwear, partywear and brilliant stocking fillers.

If all of that shopping is working up an appetite, drop in to the recently opened Cosy Club, grab a healthy Asian inspired take out from itsu, or why not treat yourself to a glass of fizz at H Beauty’s champagne bar. Don’t forget to visit the festive street food market outside in Queen’s Court and for something a bit different, there are independent traders selling unique, one off gifts in the grotto as well as the Love Local Hub, showcasing a wonderful array of handmade and artisan products from a host of local independent businesses. For more info, please visit:

Xsacpe Milton Keynes

Tis the Season to Xscape! This holiday season, as the temperatures drop, don’t get lost searching for fun things to do. At Xscape, spend a fun-fuelled day with family, friends, or colleagues under one roof without getting iced over. Experience snow-tastic fun at Snozone, fly to new heights at iFly, take to the wall-to-wall trampolines at Gravity with kids or visit Cineworld for a wonderful Cinema experience.

Celebrate the end of year at Hollywood Bowl or Escape Hunt with colleagues followed by dinner and drinks at one of our restaurants such as Pizza Express, Namji, Nando’s, Wing Kingz, Revolution, Miller & Carter, Sumac Room, Wagamama or Kobe Steakhouse. Impress the ones on your nice list with unique gifts – shop Ellis Brigham and Trespass for top winter essentials or check out DC merchandise at Extreme Central.  For more info, please visit

Midsummer Place

Join Midsummer Place for a magical Christmas filled with presents, trees and fun! Check out the beautiful tree festival, featuring 20 Christmas trees decorated by local businesses to raise money for charity. From Formula 1 helmet decorations to dog picture baubles, it’s an event you can’t miss.

Slide into Christmas with our 30ft helter-skelter for the whole family to try out, this giant slide is the perfect break from the rush of Christmas Shopping!

Have you entered the advent calendar competition yet? Midsummer Place is giving away thousands of pounds worth of gifts until Christmas Eve, from food to books to shoes there is a prize for everyone! Head to the Midsummer Place Facebook page for more information every morning and you could win big.

Don’t forget Midsummer Place is full of wonderful retailers to pick up stocking fillers, presents and delicious Christmas snacks! Check out their website for gift lists, styling advice and Christmas opening hours.  For more info, please visit

The Hub

The winter chill maybe in the air, but things are only just heating up at The Hub. MK’s hot spot for coffee, catch ups, dinner and drinks, long lunches and date nights, The Hub is perfectly located in the centre of Milton Keynes. Be it by road or rail there is no excuse not to pop by this festive season!

With its collection of restaurants, bars, hotels, lifestyle and independent venues, you can take your taste buds on a flavour of adventure at The Hub this festive season. Look back on the year gone by over Christmas cocktails with a Caribbean Twist, Indochinese cuisine with a seasonal sizzle, hot plates with a Brazilian flair, and authentic Indian dishes that delight.

Enjoy a fun-filled festive family meal or meet friends for that annual Christmas ‘do’. From classic roasts made with locally sourced produce, aromatic coffees or quintessentially British Afternoon Tea and cake at our new dessert specialist restaurant The Green Cocoa Labs, or why not treat yourself and your loved one to a style makeover this season at our new salon Hair Host? Enjoy your time off and have fun snapping festive selfies in front of Instagrammable interiors. Christmas is all wrapped up at The Hub.  For more info, please visit

12th Street

The vibrant 12th Street sits in the heart of the city. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat with the family after shouting ‘he’s behind you’ at this year’s pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Milton Keynes Theatre, looking to entertain the children in between Christmas and New Year with a round of mini-golf, or relaxing drinks after finishing shopping in John Lewis, 12th Street has you covered!

From Escape Rooms to Virtual Reality, cocktails to craft beer, 12th Street is a destination with over 20 outlets. In the run up to the festive season, 12th Street has been giving away a range of fantastic prizes through their 12 days of Christmas competition, and the treats and offers keep on coming.  From free entry to Popworld every Wednesday night in December to a Cookie Dough and Milkshake treat at Kaspa’s, something Santa surely couldn’t resist! And for those last-minute gifts, why not buy one of the gift vouchers from VertigoVR or a Mini Monsters Soft Play pass.  For more info, please visit





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