5 Festive Breaks You Need To Consider This Christmas

29th November 2023

The festive season is always a time to spend time with loved ones to feast, laugh, let loose and travel. At Centaur Travel, we have a host of coach solutions that are perfect for any kind of retreat you wish to embark upon over Christmas and the New Year.

If you are concerned that it might be a bit too late with the festive season being around the corner, we’re here to help provide inspiration for your getaway. We’ve curated a list of family-friendly locations that require minimal need for you to book in advance.


The Lake District, Cumbria

Experience the magic of the Lake District in Cumbria at Christmas. The Lake District is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, with picturesque lakes, mountains, and charming villages. The landscape transforms during the winter, creating a scenic winter wonderland that adds to the festive atmosphere. With cosy cottages, plenty of routes for day walking and taking in the beautiful scenery, you might just feel like you’re in The Holiday film!

Bath and the Cotswolds

Bath, which is always as pretty as a picture, is known for its beautiful Georgian architecture. Explore the Bath Christmas Market, set against the backdrop of the Abbey and Roman Baths. Then, venture into the Cotswolds, a region known for its quaint villages and beautiful countryside. Enjoy traditional pubs, festive decorations, and perhaps even a carol service in a historic church.

York and Castle Howard's Christmas at the Castle

Discover the cathedral city of York, which is traditionally decorated with festive lights and decorations. You can visit the St. Nicholas Fair and Shambles Market for unique gifts and local treats. Later, head to Castle Howard, home to North Yorkshire, for its enchanting Christmas decorations and displays, which look like something straight out of a storybook.

Scottish Highlands and a Traditional Highland Ceilidh

For those who would prefer something a bit different for the Christmas season, the Scottish Highlands in winter boasts snow-capped mountains and tranquil lochs. Enjoy a traditional Scottish Christmas with hearty meals and local traditions. Just remember to call ahead and make dinner reservations so that no one is left behind.

If you are brave enough to face the winter chill, you could take a boat trip to Loch Ness and go for a walk in the Cairngorm Mountains.

New Year's Eve In London

You can’t talk about New Year’s Eve destinations without a mention of the UK’s trendiest capital. There are hundreds of small celebrations across London to suit you no matter your tastes. For many, it is THE best place to celebrate New Year. 

If you prefer a light in the sky, you could join the thousands of people who will be lining the banks of the Thames to watch a dazzling 10-minute firework display from the South Bank. If you do happen to find yourself fully functioning the following morning, continue the festivities by watching the New Year’s Day parade, which features over 10,000 performers from all corners of the world.

Remember to plan your itinerary carefully, taking into account travel times between destinations. Additionally, book accommodations and restaurants in advance, as Christmas is a popular time for travel here in the UK.

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