16 Top Ideas for Family Christmas Breaks in the UK 2021
If you’ve spent a large part of this year at home and unable to travel, you may be feeling like a family Christmas break is just what you need. Large Christmas gatherings with extended family may not be possible so it could be the ideal time to get away on a Christmas staycation in the UK.
You may also be feeling like letting someone else do the hard work and why not?! There are lots of family Christmas breaks in the UK, but these ones are really special; from Holiday Parks to Theme Parks to Luxury Family Hotels. Wherever you choose, you’re bound to have a fabulously festive time!
To add to the festivities, you might want to combine your Christmas break with a visit to a nearby Christmas market or a Santa’s Grotto. Also check out this post for inspiration on the best UK cities to visit at Christmas with kids. And if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s how to book a DIY Lapland trip that will work out cheaper than a package holiday.
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Holiday Parks in the UK have so much going on at Christmas. They have so much going on at all other times of the year too but Christmas is particularly special. The main UK holiday parks with festive breaks this year are:
Center Parcs Family Christmas Breaks
When: From Monday 21st December 2020 for a 2 or 6-night break, or from Wednesday 23rd December for a 4 or 7-night break (Winter Wonderland packages run from 9th November to 2nd January 2021).
Where: All Center Parcs locations. Tip – try to go for a lodge with a log burner for the extra festive factor.
Why: Center Parcs at Christmas is really lovely with the Center Parcs Winter Wonderland in full swing. Family Christmas breaks don’t get much more festive than staying here where the place is transformed with snow and lights. The kids can meet Santa and his Elves in the Woodland Workshop before Christmas Day and receive a gift.
There are festive Center Parcs activities for the whole family and if you don’t feel like cooking, you can book a Christmas dinner at one of the restaurants. You can even pre-book a Christmas tree and decorations for your lodge.
Cost: Center Parcs Christmas Break packages start from £659 for a 2 night break from 21st December. in a 2 bedroom Woodland Lodge. For 4 nights from 23rd December, prices start at £1599 for a 2-bedroom Woodland Lodge. Before you go, make sure to check out our Center Parcs money savings tips.
Bluestone Family Christmas Breaks
When: From 2nd November 2020 to 3rd January 2021.
Where: Bluestone Resort, Canaston Wood, The Grange, Narberth, SA67 8DE.
Why: Each lodge receives a personalised Christmas Chronicle from Father Christmas which marks the start of your Christmas adventure. Bluestone transforms into a winter wonderland with tree decorations and illuminated trails with Christmas workshops. The Serendome (the all-weather play area and the largest umbrella in the UK!) is also transformed into a winter wonderland and the Blue Lagoon transforms into the Elf Lagoon where you can enjoy a subtropical Christmas pool party.
There are additional festive activities for the whole family like decorating gingerbread houses (in-lodge activity) and a festive performance in the Snowglobe – The Dance of the Eira. If you don’t fancy cooking on Christmas Day, you can book Christmas dinner at the Farmhouse Grill.
Cost: Bluestone Christmas break packages start from £1019 for a 2-bedroom lodge from 18th December 2020 for 5 nights. For 5 nights from 23rd December, prices start at £1029 for a 2-bedroom lodge.
Ribby Hall Village Family Christmas Breaks
When: From 13th November to 3rd January 2021.
Where: Ribby Hall Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, Lancashire, PR4 2PR.
Why: Visit Santa high up in his magically festive and sparkling gingerbread house and receive a gift. There are festive activities for the whole family (exactly what you can expect this year is TBC). Meet Rudolf and his friends in the Reindeer Lodge or enjoy milk and cookies during Elves’ story time.
Cost: Ribby Hall Christmas break packages start from £489 for 6 people from 13th November 2020 for 3 nights. For 4 nights from 23rd December, prices start at £709 for 4 people. Try to nab a lodge with a hot tub to make it a little more special.
Forest Holidays Family Christmas Breaks
When: From 18th to 23rd December 2020.
Where: 11 locations across the UK.
Why: You’ll be greeted with mince pies and mulled wine at check-in and a Christmas hamper in your cabin. Cabins are furnished with a real tree for you to decorate. Get out and about in the forest on the self-led Snowman and The Snowdog trail and enjoy twinkling lights and other festive touches.
Cost: Forest Holidays Christmas breaks start from £520 for a 2-bedroom lodge from 18th December 2020 for 3 nights. For 7 nights from 21st December, prices start at £1585 for a 2-bedroom lodge. Shorter Christmas breaks can be booked by calling 03330 110 495. All cabins have hot tubs but not all have log burners.
Parkdean Warmwell Family Christmas Breaks
When: If you want to stay over Christmas, you’ll need to book 4 or 7 nights from 23rd December 2020.
Where: Warmwell Holiday Park, Warmwell Road, Dorchester, DT2 8JE.
Why: Expect Christmas entertainment, including a visit from Santa and Christmas dining (must be pre-booked). If you’re hoping for a white Christmas, you’ll get close to finding it at Warmwell as it is the only one of the Parkdean holiday parks with an on-site ski centre.
Cost: From £629 for a 1-bedroom lodge (sleeps 4) from 23rd December for 4 nights or £799 for a 2-bedroom lodge (sleeps 6).
Butlins Family Christmas Breaks
When: 27th November to 21st December for Butlins Christmas Fantasy or 23rd to 27th December 2020 for Christmas Day breaks
Why: Visit Father Christmas in his Magical Candy Workshop, watch the Little Mermaid pantomime and catch the Christmas Eve fireworks.
Cost: From £258 per room for a 3-night Christmas Fantasy break from 18th December or from £452 for a 4-night Christmas break from 23rd December
Can you imagine a more fun place for kids at Christmas than a theme park? A few of the big UK theme parks have introduced something called a ‘Santa Sleepover’ which involves a short break with a festive twist.
When: 27th – 29th November, 5th – 6th and 11th – 23rd December 2020
Where: Alton Towers Resort, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
Why: The Christmassy Escape at Alton Towers offers a festive twist on the usual Alton Towers break. Visit the Garden Lights Walk where the Alton Towers Gardens light up and take the magical Garden Lantern Trail. Visist Santa in his Grotto and enjoy a festive evening meal.
Cost: Short breaks of 1 night (1 day park access) start from £290 per family
Chessington World of Adventures
When: 21st November to 24th December 2020
Where: Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NE
Why: Meet Father Christmas in his grotto and enjoy Christmas entertainment as well as animal meet and greets
Cost: Short breaks of 1 night (1 day park access) – prices from £49/pp
When: 27th November to 23rd December 2020
Where: Legoland Windsor, Winkfield Road, Windsory, SL4 4AY
Why: Legoland Christmas breaks offer a magical Lego winter wonderland. There is no Santa Grotto this year but Father Christmas will be seen driving his sleigh through the park. There are additional festive extras like carol singing Duplo characters, a Holiday Harbour Lights Show and a pantomime.
Visiting Legoland with little ones? Make sure to check out our Visiting Legoland Windsor with Small Kids post and have a look at what is going on at Windsor Castle, one of the most impressive castles in England.
Cost: Short breaks of 1 night (2 day park access) start from £469 for a family of 4
Luxury Family Hotels
There are some really beautiful hotels in the UK that go above and beyond when it comes to Christmas. Despite the price tag, they get booked up far in advance of Christmas. Here is a small selection of the best luxury family hotels in the UK if you are looking to splurge.
Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa
Where: The Chewton Glen Hotel, Christchurch Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6QS
Why: The focus in on enjoying amazing food in a thoroughly festive setting. The hotel is a 20-minute walk from the coast which is perfect for walking off your Christmas dinner.
Cost: 3-night Christmas House Party from 24th to 27th December 2020 start from £4410 based on 2 adults (and up to 2 children under the age of 5 stay and eat for free). Larger rooms (additional cost) are available for families with older children.
Where: Claridge’s, 94 Harley Street, Marleybone, London, W1G 7HX
Why: Stay in the heart of London in one of the most exclusive hotels and enjoy everything that Christmas in London with kids has to offer. Enjoy little touches like stockings and mince pies, Christmas storytelling and carol singing as well as the most extravagant Christmas menus.
Cost: From £1400 per night (room only and variable depending on the time of booking) for two interconnecting rooms.
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa
Where: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne, Thickwood, Chippenham, SN14 8AZ.
Why: Enjoy a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings but without the hassle. From champagne receptions with carol singing to Father Christmas arriving on Christmas Day in a horse drawn carriage to deliver gifts to a Boxing Day panotmime at the Theatre Royal in Bath.
Cost: A 3-night package from 24th to 27th December based on 2 sharing a room (children under 12 can stay in the same room for an additional £125 per child) starts from £1155.
Where: Cliveden House, Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0JF
Why: Cliveden House, one of the most beautiful country estates turned hotels in the UK, offers a sumptuous Christmas break with all the trimmings and trappings! Make sure to take a Christmas Day walk around the grounds of Cliveden, a National Trust property (for an additional fee).
Cost: A 3-night package from 24th to 27th December based on 2 sharing a room (children under 5 can stay in the same room for free) starts from £3900.
Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa
Where: Luton Hoo Hotel, The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ
Why: Enjoy a traditional country house Christmas. In addition to the Christmas meals and champagne receptions with carols, there is a a host of activities for little ones, family story time, a family quiz and Boxing Day activities for the whole family.
Cost: A 3-night package from 24th to 27th December based on 2 sharing a room starts from £915. Children under 2 can stay in the same room for free and children from 2 to 14 are an additional £75 per child per night.
Fowey Hall Hotel
Where: Fowey Hall Hotel, Hanson Drive, Fowey, PL23 1ET.
Why: Fowey Hall transforms into a Christmas wonderland with decorations and lights twinkling. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained in the Four Bear’s Den as well as Christmas tree decorating with mince pies and carol singing, a gingerbread house making competition, meeting Father christmas on Christmas Eve, a festive Christmas lunch followed by children’s entertainer and family board games. There’s so much going on for families.
Cost: From £1620 for a 3-night dinner-inclusive Christmas break based on a family of 4 sharing a room from 24th to 27th December 2020.
The Ickworth Hotel
Where: The Ickworth Hotel, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE
Why: It is a beautiful country house set in 1800 acres of National Trust Parkland. It’s one of the most family-friendly luxury hotels in Suffolk. There are Christmas activities to keep the kids entertained in the Four Bear’s Den and you can even have a lie in on Boxing Day while the kids are busy enjoying kids’ club.
Cost: From £1916 for a 4-night Christmas break including dinner based on a family of 4 sharing a room
One last thing before you go – don’t forget to pack your family Christmas pyjamas and your Christmas jumpers!