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Swap the expected for the unexpected this Christmas!

doorIn the lead up to Christmas the pressure is on to make it magical and memorable. Each year it is easy to slip into routine, and do ‘what you always do’.  This Christmas whether you to choose to spend it with friends or family why not mix it up and add a mini-break to add some variety, excitement and most importantly new experiences to the festivities.

The sooner you book the more choice you will have, so to help you start your festive break search here are 10 suggestions the Penny Fairy has found online for this Christmas:

1. Forest Holidays 

Luxury wooden cabins set in a magical forest, ideal for unwinding after the madness of December.  Celebrate Christmas morning round the tree, knee-deep in wrapping paper, then head for a brisk winter walk through the silent forest, then back for turkey and all the trimmings and a wonderful family evening.

2. Wigwam Holidays

There is something about glamping at Christmas that is a lot of fun. Usually, Christmas is spent indoors, with central heating and wooly jumpers, but with glamping – you have to be outdoors, it’s just the nature of it.

Imagine having a barbecue on Christmas Day. Having your favourite sausages and chicken drumsticks, or if you’re vegetarian, kebab skewers with halloumi and vegetables. Imagine swapping presents around the camp fire, under the moonlight and stars – it’s so different and so much fun.

Snowball fights and building snowmen, instead of arm chairs and Christmas crackers.

3. Centre Parcs

Surrounded by nature, nestled in the middle of a forest the magic is all around!  With deer wandering among the woods and squirrels jumping from tree to tree, you may even see the ‘main man’ during your winter wonderland stay.  Sit back and relax, get your adrenaline pumping with thrilling activities, a late-night swim or dining out in on of many great restaurants, your break can be anything you want it to be.

4. Classic British Hotels

Whether you want a traditional Christmas Day lunch complete with trimmings, or a black-tie gala dinner with a champagne reception to kick-off the celebrations, Classic British Hotels extend a warm festive welcome to all their guests at this magical time of year. Restful. Luxurious. Make this Christmas a break for everyone. Or celebrate the New Year in style. And if you can’t escape for Christmas or New Year, then, that’s what Twixmas is for! –

5. Waterways Holidays

Don’t miss out this season, many of the marinas are running narrowboats throughout the winter months and even through the Christmas and New Year period. It’s a perfect retreat from all the hustle and bustle of last minute Christmas shoppers and overcrowded supermarkets.

The canals during winter are simply picture perfect, with misty mornings, snowy branches and tranquil waters. A great way to experience the British countryside at it’s most peaceful.

6. Farm Stay UK

Wake up in the country!  With so many different options to choose from what will be your choice?  Will you wake up Christmas morning in a Farm B&B, Self-Catering, Glamping or something else?  Get choosing today.

7. Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels know exactly how to make Christmas breaks or New Year extra special. It might be the perfect romantic break for just the two of you, or a Christmas party with all the trimmings. Stay with  your whole family for a magical (and restful) time, catch up with your friends at a relaxing spa break or get your dancing shoes on for that work night out and dance the night away at one of our many party nights.

Choose from a wide range of great breaks including a Family House Party at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa near Ascot, a relaxing few days at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Northumberland, sightseeing in Oxford at Macdonald Randolph Hotel or fun packed Santa Weekends or Festive Week Breaks at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

You’ll find party nights and breaks to suit everyone at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, just have a look at the hotels dedicated Christmas pages.

8. Butlins

With a variety of breaks to choose from including Just For Tots Christmas Fantasy, Christmas Day and New Year, you can treat yourself to a pre-Christmas getaway to really get the family into the spirit, or post-Christmas to continue the family celebrations. Either way, put your feet up and relax, and enjoy Christmas at Butlin’s.

9. Darwin Escapes

Luxury breaks in an assortment of settings.  Choose from woodland lodges, homes by the lake, beach retreats and countryside location the choice is endless.

10. Boutique Retreats

What could be more romantic than shaking off the hordes and escaping to your own cottage, just the two of you, far away from the high street chaos (and your in-laws..) or perhaps you fancy booking a big house for everyone to spend a truly Cornish Christmas together by the sea? We are on hand to help with trees, decorations and even turkey ordering in advance. Celebrate in super style for big groups or just for two. Mistletoe and wine optional.





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