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In a few months time, Christmas will be upon us once again. It will soon be time to deck the halls, decorate the tree and excitedly see what presents we’ve received this year.

December 25th creeps up on me every year without fail and I’m sure this year will be no exception, so when it comes to planning, there’s no time like the present. Our Christmas breaks provide the ideal escape where you can take the time to unwind over 2, 3 or 4 nights, with entertainment provided throughout your stay. On Christmas Day you can also enjoy a mouth-watering Christmas dinner. Whether you want a break from preparing the turkey, you’re craving a change of scenery or you just fancy doing something a bit different our Christmas breaks provide the perfect festive getaway.

Christmas Breaks


Escape to the English countryside this Christmas on one of our Lake District Christmas breaks. The wintery views across the lakes at this time of year are second to none, giving you a break to remember. The Beech Hill Hotel will provide you with the perfect idyllic getaway, featuring a champagne and canapés reception, entertainment in the form of pianists and carol singers and a scrumptious afternoon tea on Boxing Day.

If a city break takes your fancy instead, give Londona try. Over Christmas the capital city is transformed into a winter wonderland. From the stunning Christmas lights display on Oxford Streetto the majestic Trafalgar Square Christmas tree which is over 20 metres high, the city really puts you in the Christmas spirit.

Our Royal National Hotel Christmas break package includes a bottle of wine on arrival, a visit from Santa and plenty of free time to explore the sights of London. If you need to pick up any last minute gifts or fancy a spot of sightseeing this is the perfect opportunity.



Scotland is an ever-popular destination for a Christmas break. From Glasgow’s mesmerising Christmas lights to Scotland’s largest Christmas Market which takes place in Lanark from November 21st, a Christmas spent in Scotland is truly magical.

In 2012, we are offering a great value Christmas break in Edinburghat the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel. The two night break will include Christmas lunch plus the special touches of mulled wine, Bucks Fizz and mince pies to make the break extra Christmassy. The break will even be rounded off with a fun filled Quiz of the Year, to test your knowledge of the last twelve months.



Head to the Welsh capital of Cardiff this Christmas for some festive fun. In 2012, Cardiff’s annual Winter Wonderland event will be back for its 12th year, starting on 22nd November. The event is home to an open air ice skating rink, but if like me skating isn’t your thing, there are numerous things to keep you entertained around the ice. Pay a visit to the Ice Café Bar where you can enjoy a mulled wine and if you crave excitement there’s fairground rides aplenty.

 The luxurious The Angel Hotel in Cardiff will be offering a festive experience to its guests this year. The itinerary includes dramatic and musical entertainment on Christmas Eve, a traditional Christmas lunch on the day and a Gala Dinner and live band on Boxing Day.

 How will you be spending Christmas this year? Have you been on a Christmas getaway before?


One response to “Festive Getaways

  1. I went last winter to New York, and I deiinftely recommend it because it looks amazing with the Christmas decorations. It was a trip I’ll never forget. My family and I were on a budget, so we stayed at a Days Inn in Woodbridge, NJ. By car, Woodbridge is 30 minutes from New York City. The hotel price was cheap (around $60 per night) and was decent looking (nothing too fancy, but we didn’t really care after all, we only used it to sleep, shower, and eat breakfast). Since you’re traveling by train, the location is really convenient because the Metropark Station is just 3 miles from the hotel, and this station has access to Amtrak. Furthermore, you’ll need a way to get to New York City, and you can take a train there. The ride is 45 minutes and it will leave you in the New York Penn Station, in the heart of Manhattan. There you have the option of taking the subway, if you wish to visit places further away (such as the Central Park, take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty, or go to the Museum of Natural History). Taking the train and subway was quite an adventure for my family and I, and it made the tourist experience all the better. Plus the fact that you’ll get to see the Penn Station, which resembles a small, underground airport.As to hotels in Manhattan, forget it if you want a cheap one. When I looked for one, the least expensive I found was close to $100, which we could not afford to pay if we wanted to stay for 8 nights.As to the Christmas decorations, they were still up when we left on January 4. They probably keep them a little longer, since a LOT of tourists want to go at that time of the year to see the decorations.But yeah, you should deiinftely check out the Days Inn at Woodbrige. You get free breakfast, and a decent room at a really good price. Have fun if you go!

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