Cities all over the UK are gearing up for Christmas and enjoying a sprinkle of yuletide magic. If you are looking for stunning street lights, a spot of ice-skating or high class shops, our Christmas city guide has some great ideas for you.
London is the place for wonderful Christmas lights. Oxford Street will display huge lit-up snowballs and Regent Street will go back in time with a vintage theme, while Bond Street will turn on some stylish sparkle. Escape to the luxurious Pestana Chelsea Bridge hotel and Spa situated close to Battersea Park and the iconic power station. With stylish rooms, a wonderful spa and popular restaurant with bar, you have everything you need for a perfect pre-Christmas break.
When it comes to festive fun, Manchester has it all. The streets are adorned with magical displays, the shops open late and you may even get to meet the jolly old man himself! If you are flying to the city, a stay at the Hallmark Manchester is conveniently located close to the airport and has good transport links. Enjoy a treatment at the hotel’s Health Club & Spa, appreciate fine wine in the lounge bar or dine at Wilmslow, the delightful brasserie restaurant.
If you want a real Christmas shindig, book a trip to Newcastle. The Christmas lights switch-on party, 19th November, is not to be missed. Music, face painting and jugglers are just a few of the treats in store. The shops will be bursting with gifts while the restaurants and bars are a welcome retreat. A great place to stay is Apple Apartments, just a stone’s throw away from all the merriment. Offering spacious living and dining, and a fully equipped kitchen, it’s a real home from home.
In the run up to Christmas, the historic streets of York twinkle with beautiful lights and are filled with festive stalls and carol singers. The majestic cathedral provides a stunning backdrop and offers services throughout the season. The Parsonage Hotel and Spa, a short drive from the city, is a great base from which to explore York. With stunning grounds, an indulgent spa and award winning restaurant, you are guaranteed a relaxing getaway.
Perhaps Birmingham is your city of choice? Here the festive lights bring a warm glow and the city boasts an ice rink and fantastic Christmas market. We recommend a stay at the Hotel La Tour, centrally located and featuring Marco Pierre White’s celebrated Chophouse, it will be a trip you’ll never forget.