The weather outside might be frightful, but these top December events are delightful! From magical Christmas markets to festive fun runs, December looks set to be the icing on the Christmas cake for 2017! We’ve put together a tasty selection box of the 10 best December holiday destinations—complete with unmissable things to do and top attractions to finish the year in style. All you need to do is decide where to go…
It’s not too late book a great December holiday before Christmas and many rentals on Holiday Lettings, still have plenty of availability. From chocolate-box cottages with wood burning stoves to modern villas with space for large groups, you’re sure to find a Christmas cracker of a holiday.
To help you choose, here are 10 amazing things to do in December, each located in an equally amazing holiday destination in the UK. Go for the event and soak up the lively atmosphere, restaurants, pubs, parks and scenery at the same time. With a Holiday Lettings rental, you’ll even have enough space to put some presents under the tree and feel really festive! Check out our best December holiday destinations and plan your visit to these top events.
Wondering where to go in December to see Santa’s little helpers? With the nights drawing in, the elves are hard at work in Father Christmas’s Grotto at Marsh Farm, and they’re extra busy this year creating new surprises for visitors. Watch the Christmas show, spend some ‘snowies’ (the currency used by elves) in the toy shop, decorate a gingerbread man in Mother Christmas’s kitchen and much, much more!
There are hundreds of rentals in Essex to choose from, so why not make the most of your visit to Marsh Farm and book a family-friendly break at the same time? It’s a December event not to be missed.
Set in the picturesque gardens of Rochester Castle, this popular Christmas market has a magical atmosphere. Sample the delights of the Bavarian food village, visit the funfair and listen to live bandstand performers while you browse the stalls for unique gift ideas. All this, plus guaranteed snowfall at your feet, will make this a December holiday you won’t soon forget.
Make the most of your visit to Rochester Christmas Market by exploring this historic city. There are plenty of things to do in December here, from exploring the beautiful cathedral to visiting the fascinating Huguenot Museum. There are hundreds of rentals to choose from in Kent, so finding the perfect stay is as easy as mince-pie!
Forest Row Christmas Market in the heart of the Ashdown Forest has something for all the family. Come along and sample some lovely home-cooked food and drink. With over 55 stalls, Christmas shopping at this multiple award-winning market is a pleasure.
Sussex is a particularly good December holiday destination for families, as children will love the Christmas train rides, and the festive horse and carriage rides. So, book a break in Sussex this December and you’ll feel like Christmas has come early!
Get into the festive spirit at Tomatin Distillery this year as it plays host to its first ever Christmas Fair. Held within the award-winning distillery’s Visitor Centre between 10am and 4pm, the fair will bring together some of the best independent retailers and specialist brands in Scotland.
Visitors will be in for a day of festive cheer, with free distillery tours, refreshments and a chance to buy some unique Christmas gifts for their friends and family. Warm up with a hot toddy and indulge in a festive pizza from Cheese & Tomatin! And after a fantastic day out, why not buy a bottle of their single malt whisky to enjoy back at your private holiday rental?
Now in its 17th year, the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is one of the biggest in the country, with more than 150 indoor stands brimming with Christmas goodies. The fair alone makes Lincolnshire one of the best December holiday destinations for getting in the Christmas spirit. Whether you’re looking for handmade gifts, cheeses and chutneys, a prize turkey, traditional Christmas puddings or a festive tipple, you’ll find it here.
But that’s not all – The Lincolnshire Kitchen will be serving up exciting cookery demonstrations from local chefs, ready to offer tips on cooking the perfect festive feast. From cosy cottages to spacious farmhouses, finding your perfect rental in Lincolnshire is easy.
With an array of craft stalls, gourmet food and drink, a raffle and Christmas games, this delightful festival is well worth a visit. Santa will be there too, so make sure the kids have got their Christmas lists ready!
The scenic area of Moray Speyside is the setting for this Christmas market. Running from Forres along the coast to Cullen, this beautiful landscape is just waiting to be explored. Pack your winter woolies and book a cosy rental the whole family will love.
This family-friendly festival should definitely be on your Christmas list for things to do in December. Have a go at creating something unique with hands-on crafts, practise your circus skills, visit Santa, listen to some Christmas stories or decorate a gingerbread man.
There’s so much to do at this festival, why not book a break in Shrewsbury so you can visit both days? And as there plenty of food stalls selling everything from meat to mince pies, you can cook up a Christmas feast back at your private holiday rental.
Newly re-landscaped and with a whole host of new features in 2017, Dreamland amusement park in Kent transforms into The Frosted Fairground this Christmas. There’ll be ice skating at the 450-metre square rink and a special appearance from the The Snowman and The Snowdog on 21 December.
A magical experience awaits visitors to the grotto at Dreamland. There’ll be elves, crafts and a sing-along with Father Christmas himself, all topped off with a gift for each child. And when you book a rental nearby, you can visit this festive attraction again and again. For more information visit www.dreamland.co.uk
Ever wondered what the sight of hundreds of Santas chasing a Christmas pudding along a beach looks like? Well, wonder no more! This hilarious December event is held annually on Weymouth’s golden sands and attracts fun runners from far and wide.
Get together with family, friends or work colleagues and take part in this 5k run, knowing that every penny raised in sponsorship will be going directly to charity. ‘Tis the season for giving, so not why book a December holiday in Weymouth that does just that? For more information please visit www.weareweymouth.co.uk
And they’re off! At noon on Boxing Day, 1,500 yellow plastic ducks will be launched from the Ford bridge in front of Kenilworth Castle. They’ll travel 200 metres down Finham Brook before reaching the finish line in Abbey Fields.
Think your rubber ducky has got what it takes? Race tickets cost £1, and the first four ducks across the line will win £100, £75, £50 and £25 respectively. Organised by Kenilworth Lions, the Charity Duck Race has raised over £80,000 over the years to support local charities. So if you’re looking for things to do for Christmas, a visit to this event is a great way to work off the turkey dinner!