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Christmas Escapes [ Last-Minute Winter Weekends Away ]

December 23, 2021

Do you love treating yourself to cosy winter weekends away? 

Christmas is the most magical time of the year, but it can also feel a little overwhelming. Why not plan a last-minute break to help relieve your stress and get you in the festive spirit?

Here, we’re sharing our favourite places to visit this winter:

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester is a bustling and vibrant city, packed with entertainment. If you fancy a busy festive getaway, then this is the place for you.

With hundreds of shops, streets lined with Christmas market stalls, and entertainment galore, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

There are buskers belting out Christmas songs on every street corner, outdoor Christmas bars, and an apres-ski chalet packed full of food stalls. 

Wrap up warm, grab a mulled wine, and browse the market stalls to get you in the festive mood.

Winter Wonderland in London

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is abundant with stalls, bars, markets, lights, entertainment and much more. The UK’s largest ice rink takes centre stage; why not put on some skates and zip across the ice? Or, if you fancy a rest, you could simply sip a hot chocolate and watch others glide around the rink.

You can explore the Magical Ice Kingdom, watch the Christmas Circus or have a ride on the giant wheel; there’s so much to see and do.

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Winter Weekends Away: Stay in a Log Cabin in Scotland

Scotland is a beautiful place to visit; you could head into the highlands or venture down to a loch. Why not stay in a Scottish log cabin for a relaxing winter weekend away? 

Wrap up warm and take some long, wintry strolls against the stunning backdrop, or curl up by the fire in your log cabin with a steaming mug of mulled wine and a good book. 

Why not invite the family along and spend Christmas Day in a log cabin for a truly magical festive experience?

Visit The Cotswolds This Christmas

There are many stunning places to visit in the Cotswolds, each with its own merits. With plenty of Christmas markets, village gastro-pubs, and picturesque walks, it makes for a perfect winter weekend away.

Spend a quiet weekend before Christmas relaxing against a backdrop of stunning scenery; why not cosy up by the fire in a quaint village pub after exploring the rolling countryside?

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Winter Weekends Away: Christmas in Cornwall 

The beach isn’t just for summer. Why not wrap up warm, pop on your wellies, and head down to the seafront for a festive walk?

Christmas in Cornwall is a magical place, with festive decorations illuminating the harbours and Christmas markets lining the seaside towns.

Whether you want to explore the Eden Project or unwind in a Cornish spa, there’s something for everyone when you spend Christmas in Cornwall.

If you’ve been inspired by our winter weekends away, why not read our previous blog on our favourite National Trust destinations?

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