Let’s be honest, Christmas is a magical time of year. Whether you decide to take part in the celebrations or not it’s a great time to spend some precious time with loved ones and friends over the dark nights leading into the New Year. You might be thinking of heading away to warmer climates but if you can’t manage that or you’re out of holiday leave from work there’s plenty of places to visit right here in the UK. Your Christmas getaway can still happen. Let’s review some of the incredible spots to visit around the UK that will enable you to have a Christmas break to remember.
Head to Yorkshire
Yorkshire is an area that is full of natural beauty, interesting history and many city centre attractions. You’re in for a treat if you and your family are looking to visit here during the festive period, all the way up to the New Year. Every year the great people of St Helen’s Square set up the large Christmas Tree and starting here is a fantastic way to navigate your way around. There are museums and markets that make St Helen’s extra special. If you’re looking for a picturesque setting then there’s nothing that catches this more than the Yorkshire Dales, a place to come to walk off the Yorkshire pudding and mulled wine.
Head to the Peak District
Head to one of the premier holiday destinations that is the Peak District. During the festive season, you’ll see many holiday makers looking for adventures on the many hikes, walks and rides available in the Peak District National Park. Get away from it all this Christmas by enjoying the fresh air and the Lord of the Rings inspired landscape.
Visit the majestic Scottish Highlands on a Railway Holiday this Christmas
If you want to feel enchanted this Christmas then head to the north of the UK, take yourself on a journey to the Scottish Highlands. Start on the train route in Edinburgh or Glasgow and you can choose which route to take based on which sights you want to come across on your trip. You will witness some of Scotland’s most picturesque viewpoints with an endless slideshow of lochs, fields and more. The relaxing and meandering train ride will also have some fantastic onboard entertainment, overnight accommodation, meals and live music. At the final stop in the highlands enjoy the snow laden mountain tops to get you in the mood for the festive season and if you fancy hiring a car in the highlands, take yourself back down to Glasgow/Edinburgh for some fantastic last minute Christmas shopping.
Visit Bournemouth this Christmas
If you want to get away from the big smoke for a short break then head to the Dorset countryside. It might only be a few hours away but it’s a million miles away from the city slickers of London town. You might only think Bournemouth as a summer destination but it comes alive in the winter. The picturesque villages are draped in twinkle lights that spread Christmas joy everywhere. The famous Bournemouth Square Christmas Market is a must visit for food and wine too.
A place to bring the kids at Christmas to enjoy a winter getaway like no other then head to Center Parcs. Top quality accommodation and great facilities like the spas, restaurants, biking trails and hiking opportunities. Situated in prime hiking locations around the UK, you get an amazing experience at even better prices. With centres in Whinfell VIllage, Elevdon Forest, Sherwood Forest and Longleat Forest, you have choice in abundance.
Looking to see Santa Clause? This could happen in central London. The city puts on its long white beard and red suit during the festive season, From the far South of London to the glitzy West end has endless activities that get you in the mood for Christmas. From the carolling and giant Xmas Tree at Trafalgar Square to the Christmas Market at Hyde Park to the outdoor skating rinks, you have it all here to make a getaway to remember at Christmas.