Amidst Jennifer Aniston’s recent Instagram success; creating an account and posting her first ‘selfie’ in one day, the one with her friends. We have collated the top 5 Christmas destinations of 2019 for you and your friends to travel to this festive period.
For true Christmas Spirit, head to one of the most magical cities in the world during the festive season. Join Edinburgh’s spectacular 6-week celebration, from mid-November to the amazing Hogmanay celebration in January. You and your friends can take advantage of the immaculately decorated stores open late for some last-minute shopping; soak up the atmosphere at the East Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market or enjoy an afternoon tea in The Dome’s Georgian Tea Room – the perfect excuse to marvel at the extravagant decorations inside.
Spending Christmas in London is nothing short of magical. Department stores are adorned in luxurious Christmas decorations, not to mention the world-class window displays that will leave you in awe. The illuminations in Kew Gardens and the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square are sure to get you into the festive spirit. But if that doesn’t give you a warm, fuzzy feeling, perhaps sipping a warm mulled wine and indulging on roasted chestnuts at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market will.
York, North Yorkshire
The York Christmas Festival attracts more and more visitors every year. With its fantastic ice sculptures, spectacular shows and artificial snow, York loves all things Christmas. You can pick up some last-minute handmade gifts at the St. Nicholas Fair and visit the large Christmas tree in St. Helen’s Square. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend some quiet time with your loved ones, you can escape to Castle Howard, a fairytale country house adorned in traditional decorations.
The enchanting town of Aviemore is one of the most scenic places to spend your Christmas holidays. Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in Cairngorms National Park, if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas you may well see one here. To add to the magic of Christmas in Aviemore, you also have a fantastic chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. If you can prise yourself away from your cosy, snow-covered cottage, head to the town for the annual Christmas Eve Parade, which features Santa with his team of Cairngorm Reindeer and a spectacular fireworks display at the Cairngorm Hotel.
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A Christmas Carol is one of the most loved Christmas stories of all time, and with Rochester having such strong connections to Charles Dickens, it’s only fitting there’s a huge celebration dedicated to the author. The Dickensian Christmas Market takes visitors back 200 years over the festive period to bring the author’s world back to life. The streets come alive with Victorian performers, a fantastic Christmas Market and even artificial snow. With a dramatic cathedral and a medieval castle, Rochester sets the tone for a magical season.
If you and your friends are looking for the perfect Christmas destination to celebrate the festivities in but aren’t sure on how to get there, we offer private coach hire for any group size. We provide everything from small 16 seat coaches to large executive vehicles.