Getting away at Christmas

Many families like to stay at home at Christmas – cook turkey, open presents, spend time with their extended family, fall asleep in front of the Queen’s speech. Others – like me – like to go away. It’s not often you get so many bank holidays in such a short space of time, and many people’s offices are closed over the Christmas and New Year period, so it can be a good time to go away. Plus, it gives you a chance to escape the freezing cold weather.

Many people are put off going away by the belief that it is a very expensive time to go, or because they think you have to go a long way to find the sun.

If you’re not so bothered about sunshine and would prefer a cosy, countryside Christmas, Marsdens has a cottage sleeping four in Instow Devon complete with wood-burning stove, Inglenook fireplace, butler sinks and quarry-tiled floors for just £550 for the week beginning December 20. Alternatively you could get together with another family (or two) and rent the five-bedroomed Captain’s House for Christmas or New Year for £1,300 (£130 per person.)

Over on Kayak you can go to Tenerife for £381 per adult for a ten night stay or Florida for £1158 per adult for ten nights.

Or, of course, you could embrace the cold and take your kids off to see Santa in Lapland with Esprit Holidays who have Santa breaks where every family is guaranteed a private meeting with Santa from £734 per adult (free child places and discounts are available.)

About catherinecooper

Journalist and author specialising in travel with children. I write for several national publications and am author of Travelling with Children: A Parent's Guide. You can see some of my articles at
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