The United Kingdom is one of the highest spending countries during the Christmas holidays. So it is not a big surprise that the majority of tourists would like to spend their holiday in this country. Britons celebrate it very loud and there are many different Christmas events.
Christmas is the period when the average family are willing to spend good money to take a family holiday. Usually, there are many good offers if you are travelling with family. It can save you money on transportation, accommodations and other Christmas related stuff.
The most popular destinations in the tropics are the Caribbean and Mexico. If you want to spend a holiday with snow – then the Alps and Pyrenees in Europe: Italy, France, Spain or Austria. There are also very good ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
If you decide to travel to some warm places, then Jamaica could be a good choice for you. They offer all inclusive resorts.
But if you would like to stay in the United Kingdom or visit this country [if you are a foreigner] and do not know where to go, here are some information that could be very useful for you:
Birmingham – [from November 13 to December 22]. It is one of the most German related markets outside Germany itself. This is the place that you may find many German staples like gingerbread, marzipan or even bratwursts. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and located across Victoria Square and New Street.
You may find more information here: http://visitbirmingham.com/
Edinburgh – [from November 21 to January 4]. Scotland’s capital prefers to celebrate the Christmas holiday season with a festival. Here you may find some German-style presents and even a Children’s market with an Elves’ workshop. It is the biggest market in Scotland.
Visit here for more information: http://edinburghschristmas.com/
York – [from November 27 to December 21]. There will be an annual St Nicholas Christmas Festival where each York street will hold its own style of celebration. The most interesting program will be in theYork Castle Museum and in the chocolate-making workshops at York Cocoa House.
More information can be found here: http://visityork.org/
Winchester – [from November 20 to December 21]. This market gathers a lot of people from different parts of the United Kingdom. This is where the Britons like to shop. There is always a great selection of Christmas presents from jewellery to children toys. In the city,two new restaurants recently opened: https://www.rickstein.com/ and http://www.rivercottage.net/.
Go here for more information: http://winchester-cathedral.org.uk/christmas/christmas-market
What UK Festivals You Can Attend:
Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival with NatWest – [open until January 11]. It must be a very funny and memorable festival if you are a newcomer to UK. At this festival, you may see a 23ft white rabbit sculpture, a tree maze made up from 300 Christmas trees, and a huge Christmas tree where you can buy a hamburger or a cup of tea.
Their official site is http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Glasgow on Ice – [from November 27 to December 31]. If you will be in Scotland during this period, then you definitely must visit this event. It is open-air skating in the second biggest city of Scotland. There is a DJ who plays on the night. One skating session lasts 45 minutes and costs an average of£10 for adults and £7 for children.
Their official site is http://glasgowloveschristmas.com/
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – [from November 21 to January 4]. It is one of the most spectacular Christmas destinations for you. Open from 10a.m. to 10p.m. every day except 25th of December; here you can see Lycamobile Ice Rink, Magical Ice Kingdom, Circus, and the Giant Wheel. They have something special for people of all ages. Also, it is free to enter. You can also see:
- The famous Bavarian Village
- Bavarian Great Hall
- Bar Ice
- Fire Pit
- Mirror Bar
- The Carousel Bar
- Arctic Lodge Bar
- The House of St. Nicholas
- Star Tavern andVillage Square
Their official site is http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
The Snowman, Chester Cathedral – [Saturday 13th of December]. Everyone loves this film and, for all Britons and tourists in Chester, this seasonal film will be shown on a large screen supported by live music [Walking in the Air].
There will be 3 performances:
Tickets range from £8 to £17.
Their official site is http://chestercathedral.com/
Best UK Christmas Hotels Deals
Armathwaite Hall, Keswick, Cumbria-[from December 24 to December 26].They have 42 bedrooms designed especially for Christmas events. They offer a 6-course lunch on Christmas Day. On Boxing Day,you will be served a delicious breakfast.
It will cost you from £875 per person. If you will be with children aged 4-12, there will be a55% discount – £375/child.
Affric Lodge, Cannich by Beauly, Inverness-shire – As you may see from the picture below, this place looks amazing. They have 8-bedroom lodges and 3-bedroom cottages. The main house costs £17,880 and accommodates up to 16 guests so it will be a little more than £1,000 per person. This price includes all food, drinks (non alcohol) and staff.
Best Western Mosborough Hall, near Sheffield – This hotel accommodates up to 100 guests, so if you would like to spend the Christmas holiday in loud company, then Sheffield is a good place. Along with pre-dinner drinks and party planner, they have regular disco on the dance floor with a DJ. The price is very cheap at only £65 per person.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex – This place is not cheap. Price starts from £895 per person for three Christmas nights. The hotel is situated near Climping Beach.
The Brudenell, Aldeburgh, Suffolk–Here visitors will be offered a 3-course dinner and a 6-course lunch on Christmas Day. The hotel is in a very beautiful place. Three nights for one person starts at£590. If you have a child aged 5-10, then must pay additional £240/child.
As you can see, the Christmas holidays are very popular in UK and you can find something that will fit any budget. There are still many places in the UK with great Christmas deals that we may have missed, so please contact us here if you find some nice deals not mentioned here.
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