September is finally here. The kids are back at school, the sun is making fewer appearances and I’m already thinking about getting the winter wardrobe out. My summer holidays of 2013 are nothing more than a fond memory and my future short break plans are beginning to turn festive. The season to be jolly may not have arrived just yet, but all this colder weather is getting me in the mood to plan.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready for carols or decorations but there’s no harm in a little festive preparation to ensure this year’s Christmas and New Year goes off with a bang! To give you some ideas, I’ve put together some of Superbreak’s best festive packages for 2013.
Christmas Markets & Shopping
Bruges Christmas Market – From £39pp
22nd November – 2nd January
Head to Belgium this winter for a traditional Christmas market in Bruges. With a fantastic range of toys, crafts and delightful foodie treats, you can spend hours exploring the cobbled streets buying presents for family and friends. Wrap up warm and soak up the festive atmosphere with bright lights, beautiful buildings and friendly people wherever you go. There’s even plenty of entertainment to enjoy, from singing Christmas carols to ice skating at the festive rink.
Christkindelmarkt – Leeds German Christmas Market – From £30pp
9th November – 16th December
Set within the excellent award-winning Millennium Square, the German Christmas Market in Leeds city centre is the perfect place for seasonal gifts, specialist food and real German Bier! Attracting thousands of visitors each year, you can enjoy the traditional wooden stalls, festive décor and twinkling lights in this unique continental style market. With a funfair, carousel and lots of attractions, I think it’s the ideal place to celebrate the festive period.
Cologne Christmas Market – From £43pp
26th November – 23rd December
Every year millions of people come from far and wide to visit the 7 wonderful Christmas Markets of Cologne in Germany. A truly romantic and idyllic place, you’ll find lots of hand-crafted gifts, delicious foods and festive entertainment throughout. Enjoy spectacular views of Cologne Cathedral with an amazing 160 traditional wooden stalls below or find high quality and stylish goods at the city’s oldest Christmas Market, Neumarkt. For a Medieval experience, head to Rudolfplatz Market and take in the world of Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales with festive lights and large magical figures. A treat for all ages, this is one festive market destination the whole family can enjoy!
Puss in Boots Pantomime, Hackney London – From £72pp including hotel
23rd November 2013 – 5th January 2014
What’s Christmas without a pantomime? A rubbish one in my opinion. No matter what age you are, pantomime season is the perfect time to spread the festive spirit. This year Puss in Boots the Pantomime is hitting the stage at the Hackney Empire Theatre in London and is set to be a Christmas show-stopper. With fantastic choreography, catchy songs and plenty of comedy, everyone can appreciate this brilliantly festive show!
Slava’s Snowshow, London – From £99.50 including hotel
17th December 2013 to 7th January 2014
This unique festive theatre production has captivated and fascinated audiences around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Moscow. Now it’s your chance to see the multi award-winning Slava’s Snowshow on the London stage. Offering a mix humour, emotion and awe-inspiring magical entertainment, this is one Christmas show that will literally leave you knee deep in snow!
Peter Pan The Never Ending Story, World Arena Tour – From £49.60pp (dependent on location) including hotel
10th December 2013 – 16th January 2014
It’s not every day a classic tale like Peter Pan is turned into a world arena tour, so for that reason it’s firmly on my list of things to do this winter. Showing at Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds and Wembley, Peter Pan The Never Ending Story tells the tale of Neverland like it’s never been told before. With magnificent stunts, fantastic stage effects and all your favourite songs, this wonderful Christmas production is not to be missed.
Ideal Christmas Home Show, London – From £33.75pp including hotel
13th – 17th November 2013
From interior décor and home accessories to festive gifts and foodie delights, the Ideal Christmas Home Show has everything you need for winter season. With more than 650 exhibitors to explore, it’s the perfect annual event to get stocked up for the Christmas period. Whether you’re interested in fashion & beauty, gifts & decorations, technology & gadgets or food & drink, don’t miss out on the UK’s biggest home show event.
Disney on Ice at the London O2 Arena – From £62.50pp including hotel
26th December 2013 – 5th January 2014
The magic of Disney is heading to the O2 arena in London this Christmas for the new Dare to Dream ice spectacular. Combining the stories of 3 Disney Princesses, Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella, you can enjoy their tales of love, spells and exciting quests. This is the first time these Disney characters have come together for an enchanting and fantastically festive production. For me, Disney on Ice never fails to disappoint and it’s the perfect family Christmas treat.
Fawlty Towers Tribute Amsterdam Cruise from Hull – From £149pp
2nd December 2013
Christmas repeats of hit TV shows like Fawlty Towers are a must during the festive months. Now you can experience this popular comedy on route to Amsterdam! How? On a mini cruise of course! Featuring an amazing tribute act of professional actors from Laughlines, join Basil, Sybil and Manuel for an evening of hysterical entertainment based on the classic Fawlty Towers series. On top of all this, guests on a themed mini cruise get the chance to visit the vibrant and colourful city of Amsterdam. What better way to enjoy a festive short break?
Have you got any exciting ideas for Christmas and New Year short breaks? We’d love to hear about your festive plans for this year. Let us know using the comments box below!