Christmas In The City
get in the festive spirit with The Cairn Collection
Tis (almost) the season for jazzy festive jumpers, mulled wine and spending time with loved ones.
If you’re searching for the perfect wintry city break filled with shopping for gifts, Christmas markets and festive frolics, we’ve highlighted our favourite finds to leave you feeling ready for the most wonderful time of the year.
Our collection’s stunning hotels are strategically placed in some of the UK’s most bustling cities which really come to life in the run up to Christmas, each surrounded by festive goings-on to make for an extra special getaway.
So let us take you on a magical tour of the most Christmassy attractions this year – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
On your festive trip to Scotland’s capital, enjoy an overnight stay at The Cairn Hotel, situated in the lively theatre district and not too far from Waverley Station – handy if you plan to travel by train.
One of the city’s best attractions of the year is the highly anticipated Christmas Market, which will open its illuminated gates to the public on 18 November. Expect to see stalls selling gifts, crafts, food and more – perfect to browse on a crisp winter afternoon.
Elsewhere, don’t miss the chance to get your skates on and glide around the 360 degree ice skating rink which will pitch up at St Andrew’s Square, complete with its own bar, and for that picture perfect moment, stop by The Dome on an evening and revel in its spectacular Christmas lights display and festive decorations.
Located on one of the city’s most historic streets, Neville Street, Royal Station Hotel is within walking distance of Newcastle’s shopping scene and countless bars and restaurants making it easy to explore the best of the city’s festive offerings on foot.
Alternatively visitors can choose to stay at The Cairn Hotel in the affluent area of Jesmond, which is less than one mile from the hustle and bustle of the city and offers the perfect balance thanks to the area’s cocktail bars, restaurants and independent boutique retail offerings.
Back in the city centre, Newcastle’s Christmas Market welcomes stall holders from closer to home giving visitors a taste of the North East from 11 December. Grey’s Monument is transformed into a seasonal hub with an array of Geordie favourites, from local microbreweries, home-made sweet treats and delicious chocolates, to special gifts, hand-made jewellery and personalised accessories.
Around the corner, you’ll find one of the largest Christmas window showcases in Europe – Fenwick’s fantastic animated display. The flagship department store’s festive exhibition has been lighting up Northumberland Street for over 45 years and is one of the city’s must-see attractions.
Redworth Hall Hotel is a stunning 17th century manor house located in the picture setting of Country Durham. Situated a short distance from the city centre – endless festive activities are nearby.
Immerse yourself in Durham’s traditional Christmas festival which will be spread around the city, offering excellent shopping opportunities and plenty of entertainment from 1 December. Its Craft and Gift Marquee will see over 190 stalls on Palace Green, while 30 regional food and drink producers will set up in the iconic Cathedral, bringing delicious breads, jams, and sweets, plus various handmade crafts, candles and jewellery.
Not Christmassy enough? Take the kids to the popular after-dark event guaranteed to leave you all in festive spirits – Lumiere Durham Light Festival. As the UK’s largest light festival, artists from around the world will gather in the city from 16-19 November. There’ll be over 30 glowing light sculptures and spectacular installations lighting up landmarks including Durham Cathedral and Castle.
Just outside of the centre of Durham, take a step back in time and discover the seasonal sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the past at Beamish Museum. Experience the magic of a traditional Christmas through the years and celebrate the way people used to in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
The Angel Hotel is a beautiful Victorian landmark in the heart of the city, located opposite Cardiff Castle and just a short walk to Principality Stadium, making it perfectly placed for discovering the Welsh capital in the run up to Christmas.
During your stay, visit the city’s vibrant Christmas Market as exhibitors take centre stage offering an alternative festive shopping experience. Whether it’s a secret Santa gift, a present for your loved one or something for a fussy family member, you can buy original work directly from the makers from food and alcohol to Welsh slate products and local ceramics – it’s easy to find a hidden gem. The Christmas Market will return on 9 November until 23 December.
Something for the little ones, take them to the nearby Cardiff Castle for a day filled with fun and Christmassy activities. Santa will be making his annual pit-stop to the Castle as he returns to his magical Grotto in the Black Tower armed with gifts for those who have made the nice list from 25 November.
‘If the weather outside is frightful’, make the most of spending time in the hotel and tuck into a Festive Afternoon Tea, including savory and sweet treats paired with a warm glass of mulled wine on arrival.
Saint George’s Hotel is the place to be this Christmas thanks to its central location just minutes away from Oxford Circus and Regents Park. The hotel offers panoramic views of the capital city overlooking the sparkling streets and lit up landscape.
Visitors can soak up the festive atmosphere at Hyde Park’s iconic Winter Wonderland which will return on 17 November, bringing market stalls, big top shows and the famous observation wheel. There’s also the chance to ice skate to your favourite Christmas songs and listen to live performers on the UK’s largest outdoor rink which circles Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand. If cocktails are more your thing – gather friends and head to Bar-Hutte to experience its take on the classic ‘Apres Ski’, with karaoke and cockails, or wrap up warm for a wintry tipple at Bar Ice.
Just outside of the capital, Harry Potter fans can experience the magic of Christmas in the wizzarding world at Warner Bros Studio during a Hogwarts in the Snow Tour. See the Great Hall trasnformed with falling snow, glistening icicles and an orchestra of magical instuments – just as it was for the iconic Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Golbet of Fire.
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