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Places To Go In Britain For A Christmas Break

Christmas is a busy time for families, but it’s also a chance to make the most of the holidays we get from work and take off on a mini break with the family. Right here in the UK there are loads of great things to enjoy this time of year so we have compiled a list of some superb suggestions of places to go for the festive season.

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

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Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury, north east of Oxford, is a perfect setting for family fun this festive season. You can explore this beautiful setting as the elaborate Christmas decorations take centre stage to transform this stunning stately home into a world of enchantment.

One particular highlight this year is the Winter Light show by acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Wander the gardens after dark and take in the majesty of the colourful light sculptures shining like jewels in the flora.

Chill Factore Manchester

Snowman
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While the winter weather has many of us looking for ways to stay warm and shelter from the snow, we say why not embrace it? Chill Factore indoor snow centre in Manchester is heaps of fun for all the family and an ideal day out to get into the festive swing of things.

There’s no denying it, snow can be a hassle when we’re just trying to get to work on a morning. However, as any kid will tell you, it’s also so much fun when we get to just let loose and play in it, and the indoor snow centre is the safest way to do that.

There are slopes for skiers and snowboarders to practice their moves on, but you don’t have to be a pro to visit. You can of course try out these awesome winter sports but you can also just make the most of the ‘no skills, just thrills’ snow park with a spot of sledging, tubing and more!

Cornwall

Truro Cathedral at Christmas

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If there’s one place to visit for a family holiday this Christmas, it’s Cornwall.

Nadelik is how it is traditionally known in Cornwall and many of the old practices are preserved for people to enjoy today including traditional singing, dancing and food.

There’s also a range of heritage and nature sites to enjoy the festivities and places such as Pendennis Castle, Trelissick Gardens and Trengwainton Gardens all have a great array of Christmas themed goings on to enjoy with the family. Ice skating at the Eden project is one of our top picks though!

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a lodge holiday in Cornwall and you can cosy up with loved ones at one of the eight Parkdean holiday parks such as St Minver or White Acres

York

Advent Wreath

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The beautiful city of York is well worth a visit any time of year and there’s so much for all the family to enjoy. As with many cities these days, there is of course the traveling Christmas market to enjoy but it’s the picturesque views of the snow-capped cathedral and cobbled streets that make Christmas shopping here a truly charming experience.

For the kids there’s all the usual museums offering a Christmas twist but for something a bit special, try a day out at Stockeld park just outside the city. They have a fantastic line up of Christmas events and activities and the enchanted forest is a real treat to light up a dark evening after a full day of fun.

Scotland

edinburgh's christmas fair 2012

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Christmas in Edinburgh is a huge festive event with so much going on you might not know where to start. In the heart of the city there’s a lot to choose from, from the Christmas market to the spectacular shows, parties and rides.

If you prefer something a bit more laid back you could always enjoy A Magical Edwardian Christmas at Lauriston Castle and step back in time to the twenties

If you want to extend your break beyond Christmas then Edinburgh is certainly one of the best destinations to do that. The infamous Hogmanay is a world renowned event that takes New Year’s Eve celebrations to a whole new level! www.TravelRepublic.co.uk and others will help you plan everything you need to make it on time and in style.

Where will you be going this year?

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