With Christmas on the horizon, it won’t be long until the big day is here. With Christmas preparation already starting to happen, now is a good time to plan where you want to be for Christmas this year.
With many of us tired of staying at home during 2021, planning your Christmas celebrations in a different location could be the perfect solution for a winter getaway.
With travel restrictions easing, a winter getaway overseas is an option, however, staying in the UK can be just as magical and easier to organise. The UK has many great locations to offer and we have picked some of the best below.
York is decorated with Christmas lights during this time of the year which creates a cosy atmosphere. There are plenty of things to do here, such as visiting the York Minster, the Castle Museum, the Pantomimes and Festive Theatre and the York Art Gallery.
York’s Christmas market is also worth a visit, grab a mulled wine and explore the many stalls offering crafts and food delights. For a little bit of adrenaline induced fun, head to Yorkshire’s winter wonderland and try your hand at ice skating.
The Cotswolds is known as a beautiful summer holiday destination, but it is also incredibly beautiful during the winter season too. Visit the beautiful market towns and small villages in this area and take in some of the traditional charm that made the Cotswolds famous.
Visit the Christmas markets of Broadway and Bourton-on the-Water, where festive huts sell handmade crafts and treats.
Norwich in Norfolk County has many pretty sites to visit during the holiday season. Explore the Norwich Cathedral, the Museum of Norwich and the Christmas market, which will be open again in 2021 and will take place in December including on Christmas Eve.
Bath is one of the most-loved spa towns in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. With picturesque views over the river Avon and plenty to see and do, it’s a city that excels anytime of the year.
Your Christmas celebrations can be tied in with a trip to the Roman Baths, one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world, where you can learn how the Romans lived. After learning about the ancient baths, head to the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can swim in the naturally warm, mineral rich waters.
If you enjoy quiet natural surroundings, the Scottish Highlands can provide a wonderful backdrop for your Christmas festivities. Aviemore in Cairngorms National Park is located very close to impressive lochs and ancient forests, which make a trip here in winter magical.
Be sure to pack warm clothes for your winter break as temperatures in Scotland can reach minus figures; warm long-sleeved tops, jumpers and coats will help you beat the cold, you could even pack a pair of thermals to be on the safe side. Skiing is also a popular activity and exploring mountain trails. Just be sure to go with a guide. Scotland makes the perfect UK winter wonderland.
Cornwall is one of the warmest counties in the UK which makes this a perfect winter destination if you don’t enjoy snow and cold temperatures. Due to its location, temperatures in Cornwall may even be as warm as in many Mediterranean towns and cities such as Nice and Naples.
Explore the sandy beaches and the Blue Reef Aquarium where you can enter an underwater tunnel and take in the beautiful underwater world including a coral-reef and even sharks.
Wherever you choose to spend Christmas this year be sure to enjoy spending time with family and friends.