The idea of running away for a weekend over Christmas is a dream I’m sure most of us share. It’s that chance to escape to somewhere new and leave all your worries behind as you cosy up in some faraway place, the ambiance of Christmas enveloping you like a lazy Sunday morning duvet. Not to mention the idea of getting out of buying all those Christmas gifts and not having to make small talk with your annoying Aunt or Uncle who can’t wrap their head around why you’re not married with kids yet…
The problem is, well, for most of us, it isn’t feasible. Christmas was already expensive, even before your sister decided to have triplets. Not to mention that you have to be back at work earlier than ever this year because you did the silly thing of getting promoted, both of which mean you can’t jet off for some winter sun.
You can, however, head off somewhere magical right here in the UK, all of which will see you feel like the luckiest person in the world, so here are my top 4 of the best Christmas destinations:
1. Fall In Love With Lincoln
This is a place that has seen its medieval charm grow better and better with each passing year – like a lovely bottle of red – but it really comes to life at Christmas, the lights and magical markets all bursting into form around the world-famous Lincoln Cathedral. It is like nothing you have ever seen. As is the Norman Castle. So, if you want a vibrant and dazzling city-break in a metropolis that loves Christmas, then this is where you need to head.
2. Enjoy The Beauty Of Edinburgh
If you’ve been here before, then your heart no doubt fluttered at the very mention of this place, your soul pining to go back. For those that haven’t, this is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, one that erupts with festive merriment. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting multiple times, not just for work but for vacations here and there. And I can honestly say it makes a perfect Christmas destination.
It isn’t just the sights, sounds and fairy lights that will wow you, though; it is the many things to do in Edinburgh that will blow your mind. Walking around the castle, touring the whisky distilleries, zooming off into the surrounding mountains and soaking up the markets. This. City. Is. Unmissable.
3. Nothing Beats North Norfolk
I had the pleasure of visiting Norfolk earlier this year and am already planning my next trip up! Even from the short time that I was there, I fell in love with the place. What makes the Norfolk so magical is the fact no one just passes through; it is a destination and the north Norfolk coast is the gem in that crown.
Why not take up the chance to snuggle up in a rented cottage in Burnham Overy Staithe? Boasting views across the salt marshes and sea, using this as a home-away-from-home to explore the picturesque villages, each one bursting with cosy pubs and white-light decorations. Or perhaps do your shopping in the quaint village of Burnham Market, eat at the Thornham Deli, walk along the vast beaches of Holkham, and get all festive at the stately homes that are specked across this region. This is one for those who want to get their wellies dirty and their hearts warmed.
4. Bournemouth is Truly Beautiful
What always amazes me about Bournemouth is its location. It’s only a few hours from London and yet, the moment you roll through the Dorset countryside, you instantly feel a thousand miles away. Yes, this is a place people frequent in the summer thanks to its plethora of beaches, but it also bursts to life in winter. The twinkling lights, the markets in The Square, the walks in the neighbouring hillsides. It’s all so, well, Christmassy.
Have you ever had the pleasure of visiting these destinations at Christmas time? Or have any other UK Christmas destinations to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below.