Is it too early to be thinking about your Christmas plans in October? We say ‘Bah Humbug’! Whether you’re a Christmas Cracker or a bit of a grinch, Christmas markets are a signpost it’s the beginning of the festive season. After all, whose heart could not be warmed by picture postcard wooden chalets, the spiced scent of mulled wine in the air, and twinkly lights as far as the eye can see?
This year, Steam Packet Holidays is making it even easier to get away for a cosy little break with special deals, meaning you can shop until you drop and throw yourself into the festivities. Here’s our favourite four destinations this Christmas, in no particular order.
Famed for its Christmas Markets, they officially open from November 12. It’s only an hour and a half away from Heysham, so get the Christmas playlist on and you’ll be there before you know it.
Ferry travel, with your car, for two people and accommodation for two-nights starts from as little as £204 per person when booked through Steam Packet Holidays. Hotel options are available, from the ibis in Manchester city centre – it’s comfy, convenient, and kind to your purse. Or how about the luxuriously presented 5-star Gotham Hotel which is a real treat, from £334 per person.
Famous for its high street shops, and fabulous restaurants, a trip to Manchester will tie all your Christmas preparations up in a neat little bow. Magical illuminations, ice-skating, and touring West End theatre shows will make this a trip to remember!
Just a short drive further you’ll find yourself down the road in Chester. The historic city is a stunning back drop for Christmas Markets, which are beginning on November 18th and run all the way up to December 21st.
Enjoy the full travel package, with ferry travel on Ben-my-Chree including a car and two passengers, and two nights B&B, from just £215pp at the Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel. This Christmas, there will be animals of a different kind to see at Chester Zoo, as paper lanterns spring to life as lions and flamingos around the park. Head to the Cathedral to enjoy classical Viennese music by candlelight, and indulge in a festive afternoon tea at one of the city’s food outlets; for a small city, it has so much to offer.
York Christmas Markets are just a hop, skip and a jump away, and there’s nothing like meandering through the shambles with gluhwein in hand, taking in the historic buildings and friendly atmosphere, as the whole city glitters with York Christmas festival magic. Take in a show, treat yourself to a chocolate workshop, and discover unique gifts in independent shops.
Steam Packet Holidays prices start at just £221 for ferry travel including a two-night stay in a selection of hotels, and bringing the car makes the drive to York all part of the adventure.
For the best chance of an actual white winter wonderland, Edinburgh has to be top of your list! Christmas markets start on November 17th and run all the way up to December 23rd.
A 2-night stay for two in 4-star accommodation starts at just £242 at the Grassmarket Hotel, when booked in conjunction with your ferry ticket, including bringing your car, with Steam Packet Holidays. With a castle to give Harry Potter a run for his money, boutique shops and eateries, art exhibitions, world-class Christmas illuminations, and theatre shows to enjoy, you’ll feel like you’ve been away for weeks, not days!
So where will you go? Whichever you choose, it’s the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
For more details, visit Steam Packet Holidays – Christmas Market Offers or contact the team on 645777 or [email protected].