Today – Plan a Christmas break in York
Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst festivities might be a little different this year, you can still plan a mini getaway to embrace the new season. Once named the UK’s Most Festive City in a study by Virgin Trains, York is a beautiful destination during the winter months; with cobbled streets, incredible places to dine, and shops decorated to the nines, there’s something for everyone.
Here we will discuss some top tips for planning a festive getaway in York this year, and how with some prior planning, and creative ideas, you’ll be able to make your getaway extra special.
In the current climate it is necessary to plan ahead to ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable experience, and don’t miss out on anything you may want to do. From booking your accommodation ahead of time, to making reservations in restaurants, planning ahead is crucial.
Many local eateries and attractions will now offer online booking, with cancellation options so you can make sure your days are planned out perfectly ahead of time.
Try Something New
Whether you fancy yourself as a chef or a cocktail maker, why not try something new this season. There are plenty of different classes on offer in York, from cooking up a storm at The Cookery School at The Grand, York, or perhaps learning how to make candles or festive wreaths at a fun workshop with York Learning, there’s something for everyone.
Stay in Luxury
To make your stay extra special, why not opt for some five-star luxury in one of the UK’s top hotels, The Grand, York. With impeccable service, indulgent spa, and exquisite rooms, they’re sure to make your festive stay an experience to remember.
Before you book, why not explore their range of staycation packages, which offer extra indulgence and luxury, with incredible food offerings from York’s best restaurant, The Rise, and festive experiences not to miss out on!
York is steeped in history and culture, and the festive season really brings the city to life. The Shambles, one of the oldest shopping streets in the country, is a must visit if you’re looking for unique gifts or decorations this Christmas. The 14th century street is perfect for an afternoon shopping and has incredible timber framed buildings which overhang the street below, and quaint cobbles which transport you back in time.
If you’re planning on staying in York over Christmas, then the Christmas markets are not to be missed, with dates for the 2020 fair still to be announced, so make sure to keep an eye out. Additionally, the incredible York Minster is allowing services to be booked online to ensure social distancing, so make sure to get a ticket if you want to visit this 7th century landmark.
Check the Weather
Finally, winter can often be an unpredictable time when it comes to the weather, and if you’re planning on spending days outdoors, it’s important to check the forecast before you travel. If the weather is adverse, there are plenty of indoor activities in and around York but remember to pack a warm coat for getting back to your hotel.
So, whether you’re looking for a perfect destination to find unique gifts, want to embrace culture or perhaps cosy up with a hot chocolate in a luxury hotel, York has something for everyone. Make sure to do your research before you travel. Check any local restrictions in line with government guidelines at the time.
If you’re thinking about a Christmas break in York then check out my Things to do in York with kids.