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Top 12 Best Christmas Breaks to take in the UK in 2023
'Tis the season to be ... booking your Christmas adventure with Holiday Extras!
The most wonderful time of the year will soon be here but before you start on the Christmas crackers it's time to get cracking with planning your best Christmas break in the UK in 2023 - Let's fill your stockings and put the 'merry' back into Christmas! At Holiday Extras we have a treasure trove of exciting Christmas getaways and short breaks parcelled up for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you'd like to spend your Christmas in London and take in a Yuletide show or wish to wander around a magical garden in search of Father Christmas, we've got 12 great money-saving deals on offer to ensure you have yourself a merry little Christmas this year! Oh by golly, we've also set up a holly jolly guide to the top Christmas markets in the UK so check that out too!
- 1. A Theatre Break in London
- 2. Hogwarts™ in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
- 3. Christmas at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
- 4. A Christmas Break at LEGOLAND® Resort Windsor
- 5. Tower of London at Christmas Time
- 6. Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
- 7. Merry Christmas at Windsor Castle, Berkshire
- 8. Christmas at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World, Hampshire
- 9. Winter at Hampton Court Palace, London
- 10. Chessington World of Adventures Festive Package, London
- 11. Kew Gardens in Winter, London
- 12. Wintery View from the Shard, London
1. Book a Theatre Break in London with Hotel Stay
London is magical at Christmas time; with twinkling Christmas lights to festive food, the city is blanketed with holiday cheer and is an exciting destination for a christmas city break. Let Santa's helpers take the hassle out of the holidays for you and suggest you head to the glittery West End to see a dazzling theatrical performance. With over 263 theatres, why not take in a show and experience the perfect theatre break with Holiday Extras.
Parcel your theatre tickets with a stay at a one of our many hand-picked London hotels in the heart of the city, including luxurious 4-star hotels like the Leonardo Royal Hotel St Paul's overlooking the breath-taking St Paul's Cathedral or the Crowne Plaza, Albert Embankment with it's idyllic rooftop bar boasting wintry views across the River Thames. Ideal for a romantic Christmas getaway, enjoy a luxurious treat and see one of the following magical performances this year:
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2. Experience Hogwarts™ in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World. London's annual Hogwarts™ in the snow feature is likely to return to delight the whole family this year. Explore the Forbidden Forest's wintry transformation as the trees and woodland are dusted in layers of filmmaking snow, so that the sets from your favourite Harry Potter films are adorned with Christmas magic. The seasonal changes are likely also to be seen over the cobbled stones and wintry shop fronts of Diagon Alley™ and Hagrid's Hut™.
Visit the Great Hall in full seasonal splendour as it's sprinkled with a little Hogwarts magic and decorated with wreaths and garlands. The celebrated festive feast from the first film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, complete with a flaming Christmas pudding and mouth-watering prop versions of roasted turkeys and hams, may also be on display. Enjoy the best Christmas getaway with your children to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter this Christmas with a convenient hotel stay nearby and delicious breakfast included.
Alternatively, make this season extra jolly by booking tickets to view behind-the-scenes photos of your favourite characters, sets and locations with Warner Bros. On Location London presents the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition.
3. Spend Christmas at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
Book entry tickets with a hotel stay nearby for the whole family and experience the magic of Christmas with an action-packed adventure at Warwick Castle. Visit the 20ft high Christmas tree in the Great Hall and see Staterooms decorated with dazzling Christmas lights and festive flourishes. Your little ones can meet Father Christmas as he shares magical stories, accompanied by his cheerful elves. Outside, enjoy panoramic views from the top of the tower and ramparts across the incredible grounds and gardens. Tuck into festive treats during a Christmas Afternoon Tea or ice skate with your children in an open-air ice rink; there's so much festive fun to be experienced!
4. Build the best Christmas break at LEGOLAND® Resort Windsor
See the park with a sprinkle of festive LEGO® magic. If a family staycation is the perfect gift this Christmas then why not book one of our exciting theme park breaks packages, including a magical stay at Legoland® Resort Windsor. At Christmas time building those magical memories is more important than ever so why not visit the park when it's transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with sparkling Christmas lights and snow covered trees. Your little ones could even meet Father Christmas himself in a log cabin and receive a special LEGO® gift. They may even get a chance to see him riding around the park in his sleigh too.
Book an amazing overnight Santa Sleepover in one of the themed Resort Hotels to enjoy as much time at the Park as possible. There's heaps of other festive activities the whole family will enjoy too, including a DUPLO® Puppet Pantomime and a Holiday Harbour lights show. So go on, let it snow little white bricks of happiness at LEGOLAND® Resort Windsor this Christmas!
5. Experience Christmas at the Tower of London
Book a festive trip to this iconic London landmark in 2023! Last year you could relax like royalty as you discovered mighty elephants and majestic polar bears through a winter wonderland scene at the Tower, and experienced Christmas through the animals that once roamed there. With outstanding themed areas to explore throughout the fortress, we anticipate that this festive season a visit to the Tower of London will fill you with just as much awe and wonder. It's a perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
If you bundle your entry tickets with a stay in a London hotel nearby, then you can kick your feet up like a King as you tuck into a festive evening meal afterwards.
6. Book a Santa's Sleepover at Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Dreaming of a white Christmas that's just like the ones you used to know? Enjoy a merry and magical day out and overnight stay at this spectacular theme park and book a magical Christmas getaway for the whole family at Alton Towers. Along with entry to the theme park and the selection of family-friendly rides and attractions, your little ones could also visit Santa's Grotto and receive a delightful gift to take home.
Santa's kind elves will also be happy to take a family photo to capture this special moment for you. Last year there was a Towers Christmas Market to explore which will hopefully make a welcome return to 2023. You could also walk amongst the twinkling stars on a Gardens Lights Walk. Afterwards tuck into a festive evening meal and unwind during a relaxing overnight stay in one of the theme park's exciting on-site hotels, or your choice of nearby partner hotels instead.
7. Merry Christmas at Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Marvel at this magical Castle during the season to be jolly. Book a getaway this Noel to Windsor Castle and Christmas wrap your entry tickets with an overnight's stay at a hotel nearby. Take respite from the world with royalty as you encounter the majestic Christmas displays, including the traditional Nordmann Fir tree in St George's Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park, that is decorated with hundreds of stunning iridescent glass and mirrored ornaments. During the month of December we can anticipate there will also be a stocking filled bundle of festively fun activities for the kids, including magical storytelling and craft activities that the children will love.
8. Christmas at Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World, Hampshire
Don't worry we have everything they want for Christmas! Whether your children will love seeing their favourite characters like Peppa and George don their seasonal outfits to spread festive cheer, or prefer seeing mesmerising lights at the Marvellous Musical Christmas Tree or would simply enjoy festive fun riding a roller coaster in Tornado Springs on Route 83, there's bundles of fun the whole family will love with a trip to Paultons Park this Christmas.
Meet Frosty the Snowman and a Snow Princess during the day, before you kick off your snow boots and cosy up to a comforting evening meal before your overnight stay. Experience Christmas at Paultons on selected dates throughout December. Booking a break at Paultons Park ensures Christmas is a claus for celebration!
9. Winter at Hampton Court Palace, London
Make this Yuletide a season to remember and book a getaway this December to Hampton Court Palace and create spectacular memories in the world of the Tudor court. Make it a December to remember by starting off with a visit to Hampton Court's Festive Fayre which usually takes place early in December. The Hampton Court Palace courtyards will have magically changed into a Christmas wonderland of delights and treats for all food-lovers. Then indulge in delicious street food and festive drinks accompanied by an array of classic Christmas songs. Along with mouth-watering treats there will also be great gifts available to purchase from one of many unique stalls.
It's likely that during December visitors will also be able to skate around the open-air ice rink located in front of the breathtaking palace. Perfect for skating beginners to experts alike, you can skate during the day or enjoy an evening session when the historic palace is dazzling with Yuletide multi-coloured lights. Indulge in a sweet or savoury treat after your family have taken off their skating shoes from the Ice Rink Café and Bar. One of the best locations for a Christmas break make sure you wander through the impressive corridors and discover where the Tudor festivities would have originally taken place and immerse yourself in the palace dressed in all its festive glory.
10. Chessington World of Adventures Festive Package, London
Christmas only comes but once a year so make their Christmas in 2023 extra special with one of these jolly holiday offers at tree-mendous value for money. Wrap up your theme park tickets with an overnight stay on-site & breakfast by booking a visit to Chessington World of Adventures, where Father Christmas and his merry Elves are likely to return for selected dates throughout December. Enjoy a fantastic selection of rides and attractions that will captivate the whole family, after you greet the Elves in their Toy Workshop and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto.
We anticipate there will be lots to look forward to, including magical experiences and a theme park sprinkled with festive magic. Parcel that perfect winter experience with a relaxing overnight stay in one of the joyful fully-themed rooms, stylish standard rooms or budget-friendly nearby hotels by booking a short breaks package with Holiday Extras.
11. Kew Gardens in Winter, London
Get into the spirit of the season whilst it's in full swing and experience Christmas a Kew Gardens during the most beautiful time of year. Celebrate annual after-dark festivities which may include Kew's magical winter trail that lights up the evening skies. Family and friends will love discovering glittering tunnels of light, along with dancing waterside reflections and trees coated in colour along the way. Have yourself a happy Christmas, filled with light and wonder as it's likely you'll get the chance to spot larger-than-life illuminations and a spectacular display of flickering flames in the Fire Garden depending on what festive treats are planned for 2023.
You could visit Father Christmas along the route and grab a scrumptious bite to eat from one of the independent street food vendors offering tasty festive hot food, indulgent sweets and dreamy hot chocolate. Make the most of this holiday season and book at trip to Kew Gardens on one of the festive dates, traditionally throughout December.
12. Experience a Wonderful Wintery View from the Shard, London
It's time for mistletoe and a spot of romance in the capital! Save yourself a spot on Santa's nice list by treating your partner to a romantic Christmas city getaway in London. Experience the greatest views across the city from the top of London's tallest building with our Shard with hotel stay package. Experience 360° cityscape views across London and gaze at a city lit up with Yuletide magic.
Along with taking in the iconic landmarks and enjoying the sparkling sights, treat yourself to one of five sparkling signature Moët & Chandon Champagne cocktails created just for the festive season. After a sumptuous evening of celebration and fine-dining relax in a choice of hand-picked luxury 4* star hotels nearby, enabling you to enjoy a second day in London with an appetising breakfast included. Don't forget as you leave the Shard to look back and view the top of the Shard spire lit up in a dazzling multi-coloured light display after dark, usually throughout the month of December.
Alternatively, if you're searching for a Christmas break abroad, then fuel your wanderlust and explore top destinations around the globe with our Holiday Extras Travel Guides. Let us take the hassle out of choosing your Christmas adventure this year!