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Top UK Cities for a Christmas Vacation

September 12th, 2012 · No Comments · International Destination Information

Taking Your Loved Ones Abroad for a Holiday

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The festive period is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your friends and family. It is also a great time to plan a short break away. Whether it is a romantic trip with a loved one, or
a chance to shop till you drop with your closest friends, most people choose Europe as the ideal destination.

This doesn’t have to be the case, however, as the UK has some fantastic Christmas holiday destinations.

Here’s a guide to the best Christmas holiday destinations Britain has to offer.


With its cultural history and thriving music and entertainment scene, it’s easy to see why Manchester is one of Britain’s most loved cities. At this time of year, the city is most famous for its Christmas markets.

Situated across eight areas around the city, the market plays host to a huge selection of food and drink from around the world and an array of jewellery, clothing, toys and gifts stands ensuring there is something for every taste.


Given city status during The Queens golden jubilee celebrations in 2002, Preston is quickly becoming a great shopping and partying destination, particularly at Christmas. The city has two shopping
centers and an annual ‘Christmas Lancashire Market’ to help you find the perfect gift.

Each year, both The Guildhall and The Charter Theater host high quality pantomimes and carol nights to make Preston a great destination for the whole family.

christmas in edinburgh scotland

Christmas in Edinburgh, Scotland


Scotland’s capital city is the ideal Christmas destination. Edinburgh plays host to Scotland’s annual Christmas fair and a charity event with hundreds of jogging Santas sprinting their way around Princes Street Gardens.

For the romantic types, why not spend the day gliding around the cities ice rink, one of the biggest in Europe or enjoy panoramic views on the ‘Edinburgh Eye’ the cities own Ferris wheel.


Affectionately known as the UK’s second favorite city behind London, it’s safe to say you’ll never run out of things to see and do over the Christmas period. Based in Victoria Square, the German Market boasts 180 stalls providing the finest in German beers, traditional sausages and meats, arts and crafts and breads and pastries that will whet the fussiest of appetites.


England’s capital city is the ultimate Christmas destination. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect place for people of all ages to enjoy the festive period. The UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink, a Christmas circus and family friendly ‘Santa Land’ and festive market are just some of the reasons it’s such a popular choice.

All the usual tourist spots come alive at Christmas and with an extensive range of top restaurants and night spots, it’s easy to see why the capital is such a popular destination.

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