Winter can be a great time to get away with the family – none more so than at Christmas! And you don’t even need to leave the country to experience a fabulous and fun-filled escape. Whether you’re looking for a few days relaxing in a cosy cottage with an open fire, or some frosty adventures, here are some great ideas for a family winter getaway.
For a fabulous festive time, it doesn’t get more Dickensian than York. Yorkshire’s historical capital’s hosts St Nicholas Fair and is a full delightful olde-worlde charm, with its Tudor beams, small streets and crooked shop windows. At Christmas, you’ll be able to browse among over 100 twinkling chalets, selling everything from jewellery to artisan cheeses. St Nicholas Fair runs from 14 November to 22 December
For a more modern take on festivities, Norwich goes all out with its ‘Tunnel of Light’. This dazzling light display draws in people from all across the country at this time of year, and you can enjoy cheery Christmas tunes as you wander among an array of local craft stalls. The Tunnel of Light is open from 14 November to 5 Jan.
Christmas in the Cotswolds will not disappoint, with stunning chocolate-box villages that make for a wintery getaway to remember. Villages in the Cotswolds boast unique charm that’s not to be missed. Find yourself a little Cotswolds cottage to enjoy the festive season – Broadway, Chipping Camden and Bourton-on-the-Water are all well worth a visit.
In Cornwall, there’s a tiny village called Mousehole that’s simply bursting with charm and character. The Harbour is a sight not to be missed, with its impressive light show, and along the harbour road, you’ll be treated to galleries, gift shops and restaurants to enjoy relaxing and watching the boats sail by. The Mousehole Harbour Lights begin on 14 December.
For action and adventure, Times Square in Newcastle in the place to be, with its ice skating rink at the award-winning Science Centre. Not only can you skate, you can also explore the fabulous exhibitions and displays such as the 4D Motion Ride, the North’s biggest planetarium and the Curiosity Zone, to name just a few.
Get your skis on at Chill Factore – Manchester’s home of indoor skiing and snowboarding. For first-timers or seasoned pros, there are hours of fun to be had at this super festive location, which also offers an abundance of food and drink outlets. When you’re not riding the slopes, you can explore the city’s canals or have a spin around the Velodrome.