5 affordable winter getaways
With winter on its way, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the year was almost over. Sure, you’ll be more likely to stay indoors and binge on your favourite TV shows when it’s dark outside, but there’s still a lot that you can get up to when the nights draw colder and earlier.
One of the best ways to celebrate the winter season is to explore a new town or city. Below, I’ve rounded up five affordable winter giveaways for you to consider this year.
What better way to celebrate winter than by seeing a West End show? There’s a whole host of choices for you to consider, including Matilda, Thriller, Wicked, Blood Brothers, Aladdin and The Lion King, and tickets can be picked up from as little as £15 when you book in advance. And if you want to make your visit even more Christmassy, then stop by the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, which features a circus, ice skating, karaoke and cocktail bar and hundreds of stalls. And the best part? Entry to this extravaganza is free.
With the brightest lights and more bars, clubs and casinos than Las Vegas (okay, we may be exaggerating a little on that one), Blackpool is the destination of choice for millions of Brits every year. And what better time to soak up some cold sea air than at Christmas? You can play the slot machines at Coral Island, venture to the top of the Blackpool Tower or climb deep into the depths of Blackpool Dungeon; whatever you do, you’ll no doubt have a fantastic time. And if you are looking for a Blackpool bed and breakfast, then start on the Toprooms website to save money.
It’s the most romantic city in the world, and it’s the perfect destination for a pre-Christmas getaway. Whether you take in the sights of the Eiffel Tower, see the Mona Lisa for yourself at The Louvre, take photographs by the Notre-Dame de Paris or visit Disneyland Paris, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags and say Bonjour to a Parisian holiday.
- The Lakes
The Lake District is a stunning destination throughout the year, but in the winter, it’s even more magical. Whether you walk the ten-mile stretch of Lake Windermere or visit Dove Cottage, which is a whitewashed cottage near Grasmere which was once home to William Wordsworth, you’ll find something to keep you occupied. Just remember to wrap up warm and, if you’re going to be camping, invest in a quality stove or log burner to keep you toasty.
We couldn’t make a list of top Christmas destinations without listing the greatest of them all – Lapland. Although it’s an expensive choice, you can save money by booking a 15-hour day trip instead, where you board a flight to Rovaniemi, Finland, and come back the same day. You can find out more about this cost-saving winter holiday on The Sun’s website.