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Christmas and New Year

Banish the winter blues - Christmas Markets & Northern Lights experiences

Autumn may be unseasonably mild at the moment, but we all know what’s coming. As short days, dark nights and cold conditions approach, instead of dreading it, why not embrace all that Europe has to offer at this time of year by booking an atmospheric short break?

Christmas in the New Forest

Christmas in the New Forest

Many people like the idea of going away from Christmas but assume that the prices will be through the roof; not so at Little Paddock in the New Forest where a three-night break over Christmas costs from just £46 per person per night.

Magical West Country Christmas Markets

Magical West Country Christmas Markets

Christmas in the West Country is a magical time to visit with the beautiful scenery often dusted with snow. Christmas parades and markets spring up across the region crammed with stalls selling unusual Christmas gifts, along with spectacular entertainment and a chance to sample local produce.

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!