14 December 2022
The Best Festive Breaks in the UK | Luxury Christmas Breaks
Every family has their own Christmas traditions, but every now and then it’s good to do something different. If you’re looking for a change of scene this winter or simply want to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to take some tome away this winter.
From the snowy peaks of the Lake District to the rugged Cornish coast, we’ve rounded up the best festive breaks in the UK.
Where is the best place to spend Christmas in the UK?
When it comes to planning the perfect festive break, location is everything. But the best place to spend Christmas in the UK all comes down to your own individual preference, and how you like to spend the holiday season. You may choose to go as traditional as possible, opt for something a little more quirky or find something in between. It’s best to strike the balance if you’re trying to please the whole family, including little ones.
Embrace tradition in the Lake District
Christmas in the Lake District is truly a magical time.
Log fires, winter woodlands, county roads lined with fir trees and traditional pubs. For many, this is what a British Christmas is all about.
From Christmas markets to craft workshops, there’s a whole lot of festive fun on offer that’s bound to leave you feeling merry. One of our favourites is the Rydal Mount Christmas Fair in Ambleside, which takes place inside Wordsworth’s House and Garden – a truly picturesque setting for the festivities.
With an array of stalls selling an array of tasty treats and handmade crafts, artists, musicians and of course, plenty of mulled wine, there’s a lot to see and do here, whilst supporting independent businesses at the same time.
The Windermere Christmas celebration is also well worth a visit, with plenty of local gift and food stalls on offer – perfect if you’ve left your shopping until the last minute.
Outside of local events, winter is a great time to get out and about and enjoy the slow pace of the Lake District (just remember to wrap up warm). Take a morning stroll by the lake and enjoy scenery that’s worthy of the front of a Christmas card.
Christmas on the coast in Cornwall
Cornwall, known for its sandy beaches and surfer lifestyle, may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to planning a Christmas break in the UK. But the county’s rugged coastline plays host to a whole lot of festive fun each year.
The local towns, harbours and villages are illuminated with twinkling lights, making you feel as though you’ve stepped into a real life winter wonderland. The lights in Mousehole, Angarrack and Looe in particular are not to be missed.
When it comes to things to see and do during the Christmas season, Cornwall has plenty. Live theatre, music, markets, a reindeer parade and even Santa fun runs are all on the agenda. Foodies won’t want to miss the Padstow Christmas Festival, where you’ll find cookery demos from celebrity chefs, but the firework display and lantern parade are bound to keep the whole family entertained.
If you’re looking for something a little different this year, why not head to the Montol Festival in Penzance? Celebrate midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past on Montol Eve (December 21st) with parades, street entertainment and beacons lit throughout the town.
With beautiful beaches and coastal paths to explore, plus a range of unique seasonal activities to try, Cornwall should be at the top of your list for a festive break.
A quiet Christmas in Carmarthen
If you’re in need of a place to escape the stress and fast pace of the holiday season, whether it be a pre-Christmas break or the day itself, look no further than Carmarthen.
With the magnificent Taf Estuary, nature reserves and hiking trails, this really is the place for a serene Christmas retreat. Located in the Wales countryside, there’s some spectacular scenery to behold in the winter months.
Many are drawn to Laugharne because of its literary connections. The village was once home to poet Dylan Thomas, who penned ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales.’ Poetry lovers will certainly be in their element with a trip The Boathouse and Writing Shed, where Thomas wrote some of his most famous works. The Boathouse even has a tea room inside – the perfect place to spend a wintry afternoon with a hot drink.
If you do fancy a change of pace, there’s plenty of festive fun to get involved in at Carmarthen Winter Wonderland, which runs from November to January each year. Here you’ll find a ti-pi bar, fairground, street food, ice bar, Santa’s grotto and more – there really is something for everyone.
‘Tis (almost) the season…
Ready to book your festive break? For luxury Christmas breaks in the UK, we’ve got you covered. Will it be a quaint country cottage in the Lake District? Or perhaps coastal escape to Bude? Whatever you decide, escape the ordinary this Christmas with Luxury Lodges.