What’s your kind of Christmas?

Updated for 2021

No two Christmases are the same

For some, the festive season is a whirlwind of shopping, parties and get-togethers, while others prefer long cosy nights in front of the log fire with their nearest and dearest (and maybe a mince pie or two).

Whatever your perfect Christmas, we have a brilliantly different hotel to suit your festive stay – from cosy manor houses with wintery walking routes, to chic city-centre boutique hotels close to the best shops and restaurants.

Why not embrace the Christmas spirit and book your festive break today?

For full on festive fans

best spots to find perfect stocking fillers

The best spots to find the perfect stocking fillers

Shopping for someone hard to buy for? Newcastle is a treasure trove of independent boutiques, high street shops and designer stores. With the Sure Hotel by Best Western Newcastle in town, you can really make the most of your festive shopping trip. Heading to Scotland? There’s nowhere quite like Edinburgh at Christmas – and its Christmas market is a must visit for countless quirky gifts. Stay at the Best Western Kings Manor Hotel – perfectly placed in a quiet spot just outside the city.

largest German Christmas Market in the UK

The largest German Christmas Market in the UK 

Birmingham will be transformed into a traditional German city this December, with Bratwurst, gluhwein, a traditional carousel and plenty of stalls selling great festive gifts. Make the most of your visit with a stay at the Best Western Plus Birmingham NEC Meriden Manor Hotel, just a short drive from the festivities. 

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Enjoy a Winter Wonderland with a difference 

Head for Nottingham’s amazing ice festival and enjoy a stay at the Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre Hotel. The largest Winter Wonderland event in the East Midlands will host more than 70 traditional-style Bavarian stalls filled with Christmas wares and food. Or visiting the capital? Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland opens until 3 January 2022. Make the most of your trip with a stay at the stylish Best Western Plus Delmere Hotel.

Tuck into a mince pie with a twist

Tuck into a mince pie with a twist 

You haven’t tried a mince pie until you’ve sampled one of Chorlton-based Barbakan Delicatessen’s Viennese versions. Around 15,000 were baked there last Christmas so expect more of the same in 2021. If you book a stay at the  Best Western Manchester Altrincham Cresta Court Hotel, or the Best Western Plus Manchester Airport Wilmslow Pinewood Hotel, you’ll be just a short drive away from this and so much more. 

Experience a Victorian Christmas Dickens style

Experience a Victorian Christmas, Dickens style 

Don’t just read ‘A Christmas Carol’ or watch the film, experience the classic festive tale on a whole new level at its author’s one-time home, the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Make the most of your visit to the capital and stay at the Best Western Corona or Best Western Plus Delmere Hotel both within a short distance of all the action.

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Savour the atmosphere in Glasgow

To kick things off, hit Glasgow’s Style Mile with its hundreds of independent boutiques and specialist stores. Then to refuel, delve into the bustling German Market in St Enoch Square and indulge in a Gluhwein and a hot dog. Finally, head to George Square and its ice rink for a sparkling end to the day.

Stay at: Best Western Garfield House Hotel, near Glasgow

Pirouette over to Cardiff for ballet season

Pirouette over to Cardiff for ballet season

St David’s Hall in Cardiff is putting on a sensational lineup of shows for Christmas 2021 – Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake – starring The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia. Tickets are available now for various dates from 18 December to 2 January 2022.

Stay at: Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa, near Cardiff 

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Savour the atmosphere in Manchester

After a day hunting down gifts galore at the festively decked-out Trafford Centre, head to Albert Square and lose yourself in the city’s legendary German Markets. Gluhwein, hot dogs and unusual European trinkets await. Keep an eye out for famous footballers, the cast of Corrie and BBC presenters.

Stay at: The Ainscow Hotel Manchester, BW Premier Collection

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Glide ever so graciously round Bath 

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Victoria Park and close to Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, ice skating makes for a great day out for families, friends and couples alike. Make a day or evening of it, maybe with a mug of festive mulled wine, from 7 November to 10 January 2022.

Stay at: Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel in Bath

Bournemouth be enlightened

Bournemouth: Be enlightened

For a Yuletide by the seaside why not head to Bournemouth? The focal point of the town’s Christmas Tree Wonderland is a 60-foot giant in the beautiful Victorian Lower Gardens. Pick up some festive treats and prepare to be dazzled, almost literally, by its 30,000 individually programmed bright lights.

Stay at: Best Western Plus, The Connaught Hotel & Spa, Bournemouth

Tread an enchanted Christmas trail

Tread an enchanted Christmas trail

Westonbirt Arboretum is just a short trip from Bristol and promises a magical family day out with an all-new immersive light display. Hit the trail to help Father Christmas find his lost reindeer and take in the sparkling surroundings in the process.

Stay at: Best Western Bristol North The Gables Hotel, Falfield

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Get into the spirit at Biddenden Vineyard

How about a little local provenance for those hard-to-buy fors? Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard in Biddenden is a great place for Christmas shopping with personalised hampers and a selection of local jams, chutneys, beers, honey, cheeses, liqueurs, wines to choose from. From 7 November to 24 December (closes at noon).

Stay at: Best Western Manor Hotel & Suites, Gravesend


official start of Christmas season

The official start of the Christmas season

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is an annual favourite filled with big crowds. This year you’ll have to book your ticket in advance. Once inside you’ll be greeted with fairground rides, a child-friendly Santa Land and Santa's grotto and Christmas markets for you to enjoy.

Stay at: Best Western Mornington Hotel London Hyde Park

Have a blazing time in Brighton

Have a blazing time in Brighton

Stand back and watch as hundreds of beautiful lanterns made from paper and willow are produced by Brighton and Hove folk in preparation for the annual ‘Burning of the Clocks’ celebration on 21 December, the shortest day of the year.

Stay More You at: Best Western Princes Marine Hotel, Hove

Visit Champagne Island

Visit Champagne Island

Bolesworth Estate is a beautiful country manor home in the Cheshire countryside and this year the magical grounds are home to a fully-fledged Christmas experience. Explore Santa’s Grotto, a market filled with traditional wares and the slightly less traditional (but equally as fun Champagne Island). You can even finish the day with a spectacular light and laser show.

Stay at: Best Western Frodsham Forest Hills Hotel


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Enjoy a Festive Tipple

Why not indulge in a stay at Best Western Leigh Park Country House Hotel and Vineyard, Bradford-on-Avon to get into the festive spirit? Begin with a stroll around the hotel's walled garden where they grow grapes and make their own label house wine. Then take a short drive to Mumford's Vineyard and enjoy a free tour and wine tasting! Next, make a small detour to Neston Park Farm Shop with its range of tempting treats, and finish off the day with a dinner at the hotel made with Neston Park’s own produce.

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An enchanting ice skate

The enchanting Natural History Museum Ice Rink is back again. Skate around against an iconic backdrop of one of London's most beautiful buildings, before exploring the street food offerings and cosying up with a hot drink.

Stay at: Best Western Boltons Hotel London Kensington

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Feel perfectly pampered

Once a historic watermill, Quy Mill Hotel & Spa is a secluded haven for escaping the hustle and bustle at this time of year. Enjoy some dedicated relaxation time and a winter spa treatment, or work off those mince pies in the Health Club. Either way, enjoy a much-needed break from the hectic Christmas calendar.

Stay at: Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, BW Premier Collection

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Escape from the hectic high street

Prefer cosying up by the fire to shuffling through the hustle and bustle of the high street? We don’t blame you. Relax in the beautifully tranquil setting of a rural retreat. The Beamish Hall Hotel, BW Premier Collection, Beamish is a perfect choice – explore the microbrewery and sample the locally-made beer. Or why not treat yourself to a spa break? The Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa, Bridgend is a great pick.

Swap carols for an opera chorus

Swap carols for an operas chorus

Fancy doing something different this Christmas? Why not stay in the magnificent former country residence of Sir William Gilbert? Set in over 40 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands, you could join a Gilbert & Sullivan dinner performance, or simply hum along that you are ‘the very model of a modern major general’ in this most authentic backdrop. 

Stay at: Best Western Plus Grim’s Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald, Middlesex

Potter around the potteries

Potter around the Potteries

Stoke on Trent has been shaped by its production of pottery for centuries, building a city with a globally renowned reputation and history of innovation, science, art, culture, and entrepreneurialism and today the city remains a must-visit destination for lovers of pottery!

Try your hand at throwing a pot or treat someone to a lovely teapot for Christmas during a chilled out trip to the Potteries.

Stay at: Best Western Stoke on Trent City Centre Hotel

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Swap carols for peace and quiet in Pembroke

If your taste is more genteel than glitz, why not enjoy a hideaway Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel and Spa in Pembroke? Switch off. Get away from it all. Start the day with a bracing walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path then thaw out cold noses inside the hotel’s spa. The herbal sauna and aromatic steam room will soon have you warmed up again. Complete a few lengths of the pool and indulge in a spa treatment to rejuvenate tired legs and leave the hubbub behind