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After all the excitement of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympics, we are once again a Kingdom United and bursting with national pride. Numbers of holidayers wanting to escape the UK dropped this year, as right here was the place to be. So why not continue the trend this Christmas by spending time with your loved ones and celebrate in our great country.

Roasted chestnuts, ice-rinks, hot chocolate with marshmallows and of course the one and only Mr Claus. Christmas markets can really get you into the Christmas spirit and the UK certainly hosts some of the best.  Luxury and budget hotels are on offer so you can take some time out to enjoy your visit. The only worry you’ll face is where to choose.

Bath Christmas Market, Bath, UK

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The Bath Christmas Market runs for 18 days from 22nd November to 9th December 2012 and is located in the streets of Bath between the Roman baths and Bath Abbey. Plan to do your Christmas shopping here and be rewarded with the choice of over 140 wooden stalls packed with authentic gifts and indulge yourself in a Christmas atmosphere.  You’ll find unique and unusual gifts, handmade gifts as well as food and beverage presents. Bath hotels will fill up early so make sure you think ahead and book now.

delicious pastries at the Liverpool Christmas Market

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Head to Liverpool’s Christmas market and be met with a cultural experience. The city of culture offers craft and food stalls from around the world from China to South America and is situated right in the city centre on Lord Street, Church Street and Whitechapel. But where will your visit take you? Make sure you book Liverpool hotels in advance to avoid disappointment.

Edinburgh German Christmas Market - Scotland

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For a truly magical experience why not visit Edinburgh and its legendary German Christmas market. Book an Edinburgh hotel so you can relax and enjoy the market situated beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle where the experience of visiting this Christmas market is unforgettable. Sip on mulled wine as you look around the unique stalls full of hand-blown baubles and handmade toys and give someone an authentic gift this Christmas. Take a ride on the big wheel or skate on the ice-rink with the kids, there’s something for everyone.

York Minster beneath a blanket of Christmas snow

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York’s Winter Wonderland runs from 24th November to 6th January 2013. York hotels will be busy as the popular market attracts many looking for a festive treat. Last year the market saw 35,000 visitors who enjoyed the city’s Ice Factor; a 900sqm ice rink turned into a winter wonderland which caters for decorative villages and a 30ft Christmas tree. Take the children to see Santa Claus in his grotto and indulge in food and warming sloe gin or hot chocolate. Entry is free and open from 12.00-20.00 every day.

If you’d prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas dash, why not retreat to a cottage in the countryside and enjoy a spacious, rustic environment to entertain the family. There are plenty of destinations you can choose from across the UK to spend your perfect Christmas at.

Wherever your Christmas spirit takes you, makes sure you celebrate in an authentic British fashion and finish this year as we’ve celebrated the whole of 2012 – on a high.

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