Yuletide getaway

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Celebrations galore: Christmas at London. Credit Michael Mazzamuto (mazza1992) via Flickr.com

While most of may be spending time year after year putting up decorations and planning cooking Turkeys, there may be some who put the gewgaws back in the attic and pack their bags for their perfect yuletide getaway. Enjoy some of the most wonderful places which are right at own ones doorstep here in the UK.

From the West End to the far South, there may be so much to see and do in London it only may sparkle. From the giant Christmas tree and carol singing at Trafalgar Square to the Nutcracker ballet at the Royal Opera House; from the opulent Christmas market in Hyde Park to the London Eye’s sparkly lights, the city is bright and beautiful everywhere. Check out the Christmas decoration at Piccadilly Circus where the statue of Eros has been housed in an inflatable PVC bubble, making it look like a snow globe.

Snowy blanket: Lake District. Credit@SuePoveyviaflickr.com

Snowy blanket: Lake District. Credit@SuePoveyviaflickr.com

Christmas in the Lake District may be magical. While the place may boast of some of the most picturesque settings, it may have the most calming and peaceful owing to its setting between mountains. The Lake District may be home to some of the finest and most scenic walking in the country, so while indulging in the festive spirit, maybe having the need to burn off Christmas excess, take the road minimally travelled.

Though Edinburgh may be popular as one of the most haunted cities in the world, it may undoubtedly be one of the most visually atmospheric cities in the UK. Celebrate Christmas in all its traditional glory, then Edinburgh might be a perfect host. Experience the traditional Scottish life by visiting their Scottish market, children’s market, and even their European market. There are a number of Christmas events lined up in Edinburgh, such as Crafternoons and carol concerts.

Enjoy the natural beauty while savoring the taste of mulled wine and some Yorkshire pudding. Christmas in Yorkshire may be one big celebration as the county holds a blend of natural beauty, UK history and city attractions. Plan a visit to Leeds to witness its 12,000 Christmas lights looking their best.

 One might be wondering, looking at Bournemouth as a Christmas destination. It may be known as only a summer getaway, however the place comes alive in a whole new way during Christmas. Only a few hours’ drive from central London, Bournemouth might make for a interesting option. A visit to the Bournemouth Christmas market is highly recommended for those seeking trinkets and tasty food.

Wonderful Christmas Market in Edinburgh! Credit@EwanMcIntoshviaflickr.com

Wonderful Christmas Market in Edinburgh! Credit@EwanMcIntoshviaflickr.com

This may be the spot to buy gifts and Christmas souvenirs. Birmingham, which, according to travel website Expedia, has become the fastest growing Christmas and New Year destination, has seen a 118 per cent increase in Christmas and New Year bookings to become the fastest growing destination in the world. Be it the Balti Triangle, a centre of Asian cuisine, fabric and fashion, the hopping bars and cafes of Gas Street Basin, or the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham may have a lot to offer.

 Sitting cocooned in a snug cottage, situated right in the heart of natural beauty; may be an idea of ‘a perfect Christmas’ . Snowdonia in North Wales may be an option. Often termed as a winter wonderland during Christmas, Snowdonia aims to offer yuletide specials such as special Santa trains, Christmas carol concerts and late ‘Knight’ shopping and parade. So while planning Christmas holiday, maybe it’s time to look closer to home and discover the marvels?

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