2024-02-22T17:35:00Z By Keeley Rodgers
We pick out some fantastic festive short breaks, holidays and cruise ideas for future Christmas trips with your group.
With 11 luxury hotels across Devon and Cornwall, the Brend Collection’s locations provide the ideal setting for your group festive break, whether you’re after picturesque coastal views, tranquil countryside or vibrant city atmosphere.
There are pre-festive breaks, Christmas stays followed by Twixmas and New Year. There’s one free guest for every 25 booked as well as a fam visit for GTOs and the option to book a private function room if you fancy an exclusive dining experience.
Forget the washing up and let Daish’s Holidays take care of everything for you and your group over the Christmas period. Their festive experiences kick off with Tinsel and Turkey breaks, a choice of four or five nights, at the start of October which squeeze in all the best bits of Christmas and New Year.
Then it’s Christmas holidays, followed by Twixmas stays which are ideal for putting your feet up and relaxing before the party begins for New Year. Choose from a range of hotels from Blackpool and Torquay to Llandudno and the Isle of Wight.
Christmas breaks at locations across the UK
Escape the little ones for an adult-only break with Warner Leisure Hotels which promises big-hearted hospitality, high spirits and plenty of tradition. Christmas comes early with its Turkey & Tinsel getaways throughout November and December or groups can opt for one of the Martinis & Mistletoe breaks which feature candlelight quartets, sumptuous feasts and fun on the dance floor.
You’re spoilt for choice with Strathmore’s eight hotels with various packages available for Christmas and New Year. There’s an inclusive Turkey & Tinsel holiday to the Highlands staying at the Strathpeffer hotel which features day trips to Ullapool, Inverness and a tour of Speyside during the day and festive-themed dinners, a bubbly drinks reception and plenty of festive cheer in the evenings.
Potters Resorts’ all-inclusive festive breaks are available at Hopton-on-Sea in Norfolk and Five Lakes in Essex. You’ll be greeted with a mulled wine and mince pie, a sign of what’s to come, with Christmas activities such as crafts, quizzes and games, dinner with all the trimmings as well as Potters’ memorable Christmas Spectacular shows which involve months of planning and rehearsals.
Overseas festive inspiration
Berlin is a great shout for a group Christmas break. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the wonderful Tierpark which is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland or immerse yourselves in the magical world of the glittering Botanical Garden.
And that’s before you even get one of its many Christmas markets. The team at Visit Berlin have helpfully put together a guide for choosing which market suits you best so you can have a plan before your trip. There’s the ‘elegant’ Gendarmenmarkt, the ‘majestic’ Charlottenburg Palace, the ‘traditional’ Spandau – and many more. Mulled wine in each anyone?
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a tempting selection of Christmas and New Year cruises which are ideal for groups looking to celebrate with all the trimmings from the comfort of smaller ships. Options for 2024 include an escape to the sunshine, taking in the beaches of the Canary Islands, either departing from Liverpool and seeing in the New Year with fireworks in Lisbon or sailing from Portsmouth and experiencing the fireworks display in Madeira.
Alternatively, you can take in the charming Christmas markets of Germany and Denmark and sample delicious Belgium chocolates in Antwerp or search for the Northern Lights and experience the ultimate maritime tradition of crossing the Arctic Circle.