From night skies ablaze with fireworks to the scent of roasted chestnuts and laughter filling theatre stalls, Christmas and New Year is a time to escape and leave everyday worries behind.
If you are looking for ideas for Festive Escapes or a Christmas Holiday break, then read on for the best of the festive fun in Cardiff, Newcastle and Edinburgh – three cities where you can stay in style for less with Sleeperz Hotels.
Five Festive Breaks
1. Cracking Christmas Markets
Food , drink and gift giving is such a special part of Christmas and there’s no better place to find ideas for presents – and fill your tum with the yummiest festive foods – than at a traditional Christmas Market.
Made famous in Germany, Christmas Markets are growing in popularity in Britain.
Cardiff’s Christmas Market – image credit www.visitcardiff.com
You can try tempting treats like Stollen Cake, Mulled Wine, roasted chestnuts, handmade chocolate and scrummy mince pies. Newcastle’s Christmas Market is part of its Winter Festival located around the iconic Grey’s Monument in the heart of the city.
St John’s Church and the Hayes is the backdrop for Cardiff’s stunning Christmas Market which is a favourite of the finest crafters and artists in Wales. You can buy Welsh slate carvings, traditional leather goods, precious stone jewellery and carved Welsh lovespoons.
In Edinburgh, there are three Christmas Markets running from November 22- January 5, including the long established German Christmas Market which sprawls over the Mound area from the National Gallery to Princes Street Gardens.
There is also a Children’s Christmas Market and a Scottish themed Market, selling the finest food, drinks and crafts from Scottish producers
2. Edinburgh’s Christmas
Edinburgh is the city of festivals, with its Fringe, Military Tattoo and month long Edinburgh Festival among the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
At Christmas, the Scottish capital transforms again into a winter wonderland and its award winning Christmas Festival brings joy and wonder to people of all ages. From Light Night, its illuminating Christmas opening ceremony to the Christmas Tree Maze in the East Gardens of Prince’s Street and Santa’s Grotto, ice rink and big wheel ride, there is endless fun to be had in Edinburgh.
Light Night at Edinburgh’s Christmas – credit www.edinburghschristmas.com
Our sister hotel Cityroomz Edinburgh is located just off Prince’s Street in Shandwick Place – and perfectly positioned for the festive fun, rides, shops, attractions and bars.
3. Family Fun in Santa’s Grotto
Taking the family away or just young at heart? You can’t beat a visit to Santa Claus to ignite the true spirit of Christmas. Why not combine a trip to see St Nick with a day at a world class museum or tourist attraction. Santa will be at Beamish Museum, County Durham (near our Newcastle Hotel) right up to and including Christmas Eve and he’s also made home in Cardiff Castle, where the National Theatre of Wales is putting on a Christmas play called the ‘Silly Kings’ and in Edinburgh too, as part of its cracking Christmas festival
Santa’s Grotto is always a great treat for families on a festive break – image credit NewcastleGateshead Initiative
4. Seasonal Sporting Action
If you love the spills and thrills of live sports then there are few better places to watch sport than Cardiff, Edinburgh and Newcastle this Christmas and New Year.
There are two Premier League football teams in action – Cardiff are at home to Southampton on Boxing Day and Sunderland on December 28th, click here to buy tickets, and Newcastle at home to Stoke City on Boxing Day and Arsenal on December 29th.
You’ll find top class rugby teams in all three cities and in Edinburgh, Hearts and Hibernian battle for local bragging rights in the Scottish Premier League. Basketball lovers will enjoy the multi-championship and cup winning Newcastle Eagles taking to the court.
5. Big Night out for New Year
It’s the party season and there is no bigger night to look forward to than New Year’s Eve. Sleeperz Hotels are handily located in three of the most exciting cities in the UK when it comes to nightlife and big NYE celebrations.
Hogmanay in Edinburgh is possibly the most famous NYE party in the UK outside London and this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever because it welcomes in a special Homecoming Year in 2014, when Scotland hosts The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and The Ryder Cup golf match at Gleneagles in September.
This year, visitors to Edinburgh can enjoy 3 days of celebrations including a concert in the Prince’s Street Gardens, a torchlit procession, giant Ceilidh, candlelit concert, appearances by some of the biggest bands in the world and the customary monumental fireworks display. Cityroomz Edinburgh is right in the heart of the city and provides a brilliant cheap hotel stay, with convenience and comfort at low prices.
Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay Fireworks – credit Edinburgh’s Christmas
Newcastle’s iconic Quayside is a great place to spend New Year watching its famous Midnight Fireworks display over the River Tyne and its magical Millennium and Tyne bridges. The fun really starts at 5pm with the NewcastleGateshead Winter Carnival processing through the Georgian streets of the city. This year’s Carnival has a Norse folklore theme and you’ll see giant serpents, illuminated Viking long ships and fearsome warriors.
Norse themed Winter Festival in Newcastle – credit www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com
In Cardiff, you can see in 2014 on skates by taking a midnight spin around the ice rink in the Flybe Winter Wonderland. New Year’s Eve is called Callenig in Wales and there are celebrations running all day, including a family funfair and live DJ’s playing music outside the civic centre from 9.30pm. There’s even a free NYE bus service to get you back to your hotel safe and sound.
Wherever you decide to spend Christmas and New Year, from everyone at Sleeperz Hotels, we’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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