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Christmas and New Year

Take the stress out of your festive plans and enjoy Christmas or New Year in style

Gone is the glorious (and short lived) sunshine of the summer, replaced by crisp cold air and dark nights creeping in.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Key West

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Key West

Visitors to Key West, the Florida Keys island at the southernmost point of the continental USA, can welcome in 2014 at four offbeat, warm-weather celebrations this New Year’s Eve.

Christmas markets in Italy

Christmas markets in Italy

With less than 100 days to go until Christmas Day, and the shops already putting up their Christmas displays, no doubt people are beginning to look for inspiration for their Christmas gifts.

Skating under the stars helps make it a fairytale Christmas in Bristol

Skating under the stars helps make it a fairytale Christmas in Bristol

Christmas in Bristol, the capital of the West Country, is set to be a showstopper this year with a brand new ice rink on Millennium Square and a season of first-rate theatre shows and concerts, including a star-studded pantomime at Bristol Hippodrome, television favourites ‘Only Men Aloud’ singing at Colston Hall and a beautiful adaptation of The Little Mermaid at one of the UK’s finest theatres, Bristol Old Vic.

Fun festivities for all the family in Kent, Garden of England

Fun festivities for all the family in Kent, Garden of England

Visit Kent this winter and join in on our fantastic festive celebrations - from gingerbread and wreath making, fine dining at one of our historic castles, fun party nights and gloriously gliding around ice rinks; there is plenty to keep the whole family busy.

Rent a mansion in Mallorca and celebrate Christmas and New Year Mallorcan style

Rent a mansion in Mallorca and celebrate Christmas and New Year Mallorcan style

Escape to Mallorca this Christmas or New Year and spend precious time with family and friends at your very own luxurious Mallorcan mansion.

A magical Winter Wonderland at Retallack Resort & Spa

Venture to Santa’s favourite spot in North Cornwall, walk the winding tree lined path and step into a magical Winter Wonderland.

Top five festive traditions

Top five festive traditions

The traditions and customs surrounding Christmas and New Year form the foundation of many a good seasonal celebration, so what can you expect when travelling overseas during the festive season?

Not just any old Father Christmas holiday

A far cry from commercialised day trips to Lapland – which often see families venturing little further than the airport for a thoroughly exhausting whistle-stop tour – Activities Abroad specialises in authentic Lappish adventures.

Seven of the best skiing breaks for (and before) Christmas

Seven of the best skiing breaks for (and before) Christmas

If you are planning to go skiing over Christmas, then the best advice is to get organised now to ensure you secure the resort and dates of your choice.

Have a country house Christmas with unique Lake District touches

Have a country house Christmas with unique Lake District touches

Enjoy a cracking Christmas full of all of the fun, fine food and some very different yet fabulous festive activities by booking a Christmas break at the four-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness, the Lake District.

Celebrate the festive season in style

Celebrate the festive season in style

Dorchester Collection's three properties in the UK - The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London and Coworth Park in Berkshire - will be offering a variety of ways to celebrate Christmas this winter, from special overnight rates and Christmas brunches to festive magicians and floral masterclasses, 'tis indeed the season to be jolly!

Stirring up a treat for Christmas at Lakeside Hotel & Spa

Stirring up a treat for Christmas at Lakeside Hotel & Spa

The Lakeside Hotel & Spa, located on the shores of Lake Windermere, is stirring up a fantastic weekend break for visitors to take part in a one off cookery class and learn how to make a traditional Christmas Pudding.

Romantic Christmas escape to Ross-on-Wye

Romantic Christmas escape to Ross-on-Wye

The Pilgrim Country House Hotel near Ross-on-Wye, close to the border with Wales, has the perfect package for those who would rather spend the Christmas period wining, dining and walking in the Herefordshire countryside than cooking and clearing up at home.

Bath - Officially the best Christmas Market in the country

Bath - Officially the best Christmas Market in the country

After being the first and only Christmas Market in the country to receive the ‘Quality Assured Visitor Attraction’ Rose Marque from national tourist board VisitEngland, organisers of this year’s Bath Christmas Market, Bath Tourism Plus, are now keen to expand on its reputation by announcing some new additions for 2013.