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!
Ye Olde Bell, Retford
Luxury hotel and spa seekers are in for a treat at Ye Olde Bell in Nottinghamshire. Explore what this hotel has to offer and book here. With 10 different thermal spas you will get some Nordic vibes that are bound to put you in that Christmas mood!
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. Search the hotels here or below. Filter by group size, budget and location to find the ideal place to stay for you.
From £29 for a spa day for one person including a 40 or 45-minute treatment and full spa access at Village Spa – choose from 16 locations and save up to 43%
Manchester: 1 Night for Two with Breakfast and Option for Wine and Dinner at the Britannia Sachas Hotel£39.00 Buy Now
Greater Manchester: Stay for Two with Breakfast and Option for Dinner and Wine at Britannia Stockport Hotel£39.00 Buy Now
From £39 for a spa day for one person including two 25-minute treatments and full spa access at Village Spa – choose from 16 locations and save up to 51%
Manchester: Double Room for Two with Breakfast and Optional DInner and Bottle of Wine at Britannia Country House Hotel£45.00 Buy Now
Warrington: 1 Night for Two with Breakfast and Option for Dinner and Wine at Daresbury Park Hotel£45.00 Buy Now
£46 instead of up to £104 for a spa day for one with two treatments, leisure access, hot drink and Danish pastry, or £87 for two people at Crewe Hall, Cheshire – save up to 56%
Peak District: 1 Night for Two with Breakfast, and Option for Dinner and Bottle of Wine at Palace Hotel Buxton£49.00 Buy Now
Luxury Spa Day for One or Two at Spa Urban Oasis with Use of Facilities at Hilton Hotel Manchester Deansgate (46% Off)£49.00 Buy Now
Lancashire: 1 or 2 Nights for Up to Four with Breakfast at the Mode St Annes Hotel£49.00 Buy Now
Huddersfield: 1-2 Nights for Two with Breakfast, Wine and Optional Three-Course Dinner at Bagden Hall Hotel£59.00 Buy Now
Huddersfield: Room or Suite for Two with Breakfast, Dinner and Late Check-Out at The Old Golf House Hotel£59.00 Buy Now
West Yorkshire: Double or Twin Room for Two with Breakfast, Dinner, and Leisure Access at Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield£59.00 Buy Now
Lytham: 1-Night Escape for Two with Breakfast at Mode Hotel Lytham£59.00 Buy Now
From £59pp (from Weekender Breaks) for a two-night Costa del Sol beach break with flights, from £89pp for three nights, from £109pp for four nights, from £129pp for five nights, or from £169pp for seven nights – save up to 58%
West Yorkshire: 1-2 Nights for 2 with Breakfast, Dinner Credit, Bubbly and Leisure at Cedar Court Hotel Huddersfield£59.00 Buy Now
Derbyshire: Executive Room for 2 with Breakfast and Option for 2-Course Dinner at Clarion Collection Hotel Makeney Hall£59.00 Buy Now
Derbyshire: 1-2 Nights for 2 with Breakfast and Optional Dinner at 4* Charles Cotton Hotel; Christmas Options Available£59.00 Buy Now
Manchester: Standard Room for Two with Breakfast and Late Check-Out at The 4* Ainscow Hotel£59.00 Buy Now
Chester: Double or Family Room for Up to 3 with Breakfast, Spa and Optional Dinner at a Top Secret Hotel£59.00 Buy Now
Derbyshire: Standard Double Room for Two with Breakfast and Option for Two-Course Dinner at Risley Hall Hotel£65.00 Buy Now
Spa Day with Afternoon Tea and 30-Minute Treatment Each for Two or Four at 4* Hallmark Hotel Manchester (Up to 54% Off)£69.00 Buy Now
From £69 (at City Stop Manchester) for a Manchester City Centre stay for two people with Prosecco and late check-out, from £99 for four people – save up to 34%
From £69 (at the Pendulum Hotel) for an overnight stay for two people including dining, breakfast and late check out – save up to 50%
From £69pp (from Weekender Breaks) for a one-night Belfast city break with flights, from £99pp for two nights, from £119pp for three nights, or from £149pp for four nights – save up to 39%
Escape with a two, three, four or five-night getaway to Costa Del Sol – Now with the ability to choose your own flight!
£69 (at 4* Park Inn by Radisson) for an overnight Manchester city centre stay for two people including spa access, £79 to include breakfast, £85 to include a bottle of wine or £189 for a two-night stay with breakfast, two-course dining on the first night and spa access – save up to 52%
Lancashire: Classic Double or Twin Room for Two with Breakfast and First-Night Three-Course Dinner at The Lindum Hotel£69.00 Buy Now
From £69pp (from Weekender Breaks) for a two-night Riga, Latvia break with flights, from £79pp for a three-night stay, or from £89pp for a four-night stay – save up to 29%
From £69pp (from Weekender Breaks) for a two-night Algarve beach break with breakfast and return flights, from £89pp for three nights, from £99pp for four nights, from £119pp for five nights, or from £149pp for seven nights – save up to 36%
From £69pp (from Super Escapes Travel) for a two-night self-catered Algarve, Portugal break with flights, from £119pp for three nights, from £149pp for four nights, or from £199pp for seven nights – save up to 46%
£69 for a spa day for two including two treatments, leisure access and a glass of Prosecco on arrival at The Beauty Lounge within the 4* Radisson Blu, Manchester – save 59%
Lancashire: Standard Room for 2 with Breakfast, Fizz, Spa Access and Late Check-Out at 4* Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa£69.00 Buy Now
Rent a cottage
Fancy spending Christmas and/or New Years in a picture perfect cosy cottage in the countryside, just like in the films? Brecon Cottages offer just the thing. They have a range of cottages up for rent in the festive period. Whether you are looking for a pet friendly cottage to bring your furry friend, group cottages or one with a hot tub – Brecon Cottages has lots to offer!
But hurry up because they are getting booked up quickly! The following are still available:
- Rising Sun
- Clares Cottage (10% off)
- Asleep in Hay
- Llwyn y Neuadd
- Hen Stabl
- Weavers Cottage
- Holly Lodge
- Gardener’s Granary
- Duck Cottage
- River Usk View
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. Check out current TUI deals for fantastic packages to Lapland.
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.
What are you doing for Christmas? Let us know in the comments!