Is it ever too early for the c-word: Christmas? I don’t think so! I am obsessed with Christmas and everything that comes with it. For the past few years I have been on a city trip every year at Christmas and have had some great experiences. This year I have planned to go to Iceland, it doesn’t get much more Christmassy than that!
Christmas is a great time to take a holiday with friends, a loved one or your family. With so many Christmas getaway options in 2019, we have done a roundup to help you make the most of the Christmas holiday period. Whether you stay in the UK or find your Christmas spirit abroad, these destinations will leave you feeling festive for sure!
Christmas Holidays in the UK
The UK has so much to offer that you don’t need to leave the shores to have a great Christmas holiday in the UK. Popular UK getaways over Christmas include Edinburgh, the Cotswolds, Manchester, Yorkshire and London.
Major UK cities, such as London, transform over the Christmas period to a winter wonderland. City centre squares are decorated with epic-sized Christmas trees and German inspired markets. Grab a mulled wine and listen to carollers as you get in the festive spirit and unwind from 2019!
Best UK Christmas Markets in 2019
Bath Christmas Market, 2019
Bath hosts the standout Christmas market in the South West of England. In 2019, the historic city of Bath is planning its best Christmas market yet with over 170 boutique stalls set to line the cobbled streets.
Bath Christmas Market Dates: 28th November to 15 December 2019
Birmingham Christmas Market, 2019
Over 5 million people flock to see authentic German Christmas markets in Birmingham. The markets are growing every year and now covers Centenary Square, New Street and Victoria Square.
This Frankfurt inspired market will get you in the Christmas mood as you smell the sausages cooking and walnuts roasting while the ice rink fills up with happy visitors.
Birmingham Christmas Market Dates: 15th November to 23rd December 2019
Winter Wonderland Christmas Market, 2019
No Christmas market list would be complete without a nod to the epic stalls of Winter Wonderland. This annual extravaganza dominates Hyde Park in central London. Stall holders and punters alike come from far and wide to make this market a best in show year-after-year.
Due to the size of the wider Winter Wonderland event, you have plenty of time to visit this market as it runs from the end of November 2019 and in to the new year!
Winter Wonderland Christmas Market Dates: 22nd November 2019 to 6th January 2020
Newcastle Christmas Market, 2019
It’s time for us to look North for our next Christmas market delight. Newcastle hosts its own market for a month-long culinary and gift treat. Whether you are looking for a unique Christmas present for a loved one or to try out a new tipple to warm you up, this market won’t let you down!
If you manage to attend the market on December 5th 2019, you will also get to experience the adjoining Farmers Market. Worth noting if you are flexible on dates!
Newcastle Christmas Market Dates: 16th November to 14th December 2019
Best UK hotels for Christmas 2019
Being away over the Christmas period is becoming increasingly popular. Treat yourself this Christmas with a break away with a loved one(s) at one of these amazing hotels:
No.15 Great Pulteney, Bath
If you are visiting the Bath Christmas markets then look no further than the No.15 Great Pulteney. This unique hotel creates the idyllic Christmas atmosphere to fill you with cheer! Find out more and book here.
Ye Olde Bell, Retford
Luxury hotel and spa seekers are in for a treat at Ye Olde Bell in Nottinghamshire. With 10 different thermal spas you will get some Nordic vibes that are bound to put you in that Christmas mood! Explore what this hotel has to offer and book here.
Manchester Christmas Market Hotels for 2019
If you can’t quite decide then browse the top selection of hotels and B&B’s available this Christmas. Filter by group size, budget and location to find the ideal place to stay for you. Search the hotels here.
Best destinations abroad for Christmas 2019
Everyone who has been to Lapland for a Christmas break has said it’s an experience they will never forget. Reindeer sleigh rides, husky sledding and meeting Father Christmas – can you think of anything more Christmassy? Most accommodations in Lapland are spectacular, and includes options of staying in a hotel with a perfect view of the Northern Lights. Tui offer fantastic packages to Lapland, here is the latest offer:
Christmas in New York almost sounds too good to be true. But you can make it reality! And it doesn’t have to cut into your savings for the presents. With TUI holidays you can get a good deal for your getaway to the Big Apple. See the big Christmas tree by Rockefeller Centre, go ice-skating at one of the many ice rinks and keep yourself warm with hot chocolates.
Prague has to be the most Christmassy city in Europe. The Czech capital really engages in the holiday season and gets you in the Christmas spirit. They have plenty of big Christmas markets for you to wander around and enjoy some tasty food and drink. We also recommend climbing to the top of the Old Town Tower, this gives you a spectacular view of the city and the markets. Also have a look at our guide to visiting Prague.