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Christmas family getaways in the UK

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Holidaying at Christmas – some wouldn’t dream of it; others live by it.

With Christmas being a time of tradition, families who fit into the former category might feel rather uncomfortable with the idea of breaking the mould and heading out on a holiday over the festive period. However, a Christmas trip away is a great way to put a fresh spin on the typical Christmas break and could be something you actually find yourself wanting to do every year.

Thinking of trying it out? Your first question will be where to go at this time of year, and we’ve got three fun filled, family-oriented ideas for you here.

Visit the Capital

London is the old reliable of holidays in general and, being a location that’s never relied on the quality of weather to offer a good time, represents a holiday spot that’s great fun no matter what time of year you visit. The third most visited city in the world last year has plenty to offer, from the typical sights of Big Ben and the Tower of London and co through to an abundance of highly diverse, engaging and metropolitan boroughs that each serve up a variety of sights, sounds and flavours.

Christmas in London comes with its own unique charm, offering up plenty of festive exhibitions, from Christmas markets to city day tours, all under the magic of the capital’s spectacular Christmas lights.

Head to the coast

A dip in the sea at Christmas, you say? No, we’re not recommending you head to the seaside to recreate a rather frosty summertime visit, but rather enjoy the area found a little further inland from the beach.

Our festive family break spot of choice on the coast would be Brighton, a place known for its liberal and colourful energy 365 days a year. But why Christmas specifically? Well, the city has a variety of festively linked attractions to take advantage of – we’d encourage you to go skating at the Royal Pavilion ice rink and seeing a Christmas show at the Theatre Royal Brighton. It’s also got a great reputation for both shopping in the day and partying at night, plus it’s easy to get to on the train, making it a great place to blow off steam for the whole family.

Visit Butlins

An oldie but a goldie, and continuing the seaside theme, Butlins is still a can’t go wrong option – especially for younger families. Indeed, why try and create your own family holiday when you can go on a ready-made one?

Butlins still sticks to the same formula it always has, providing fun, clean and traditional family entertainment on the coast for families via variety of shows, pantomimes and daytime activities. A family focused brand that’s all about creating some memories alongside a bit of nostalgia for the older heads, a Butlins visit is perfect for those who want the entertainment taken care on a simple, no-stress getaway.

Is this year the year you look to take Christmas a little further from the living room or the local pub? With a number of great domestic locations offering up a big slice of Christmas charm, you might find a festive holiday in the UK is so much fun that you make it more of a regular thing – even your new tradition.