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With the children now finished school for the holidays and adults leaving work early there is no night as special or as magical than Christmas Eve. With an early finish and the children full of excitement there is time to spare on festive activities before retreating to a warm and welcoming home to sip hot chocolate and wait for the arrival of Father Christmas and his reindeer. The UK is filled with beautiful places to visit and our local towns and villages seem to take on a mystical glow in the cool frosty air, so here at Sykes Cottages we have compiled a list of our favourite festive places for you and your family to visit this Christmas Eve.


stratford upon avon

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The town famously known as the birth place of William Shakespeare is awash with festive activities this Christmas; visitors search the shops for unique Christmas gifts and photographers scurry around in search of the perfect festive photo. For an alternative to watching movies we would suggest that this Christmas Eve you wrap up warm and pull on your walking boots to take part in the award winning town walk. This invigorating walk guides you through the town’s main attractions, divulging exciting history and sharing the town’s loving ties to William Shakespeare. We have a superb selection of Stratford-Upon-Avon holiday cottages perfect for resting your tired legs after your exhilarating walk and ideal for a family getaway over the Christmas period.


Peterborough Cathedral

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This wonderful Cambridgeshire city makes for a delightful Christmas break, with merry locals spreading the joy and good cheer so commonly associated with the festive season. This Christmas Eve, The Peterborough Cathedral will entertain crowds of all ages with carols performed by the Salvation Army, a service of readings and a midnight Eucharist. If you are still in search of the dream Christmas cottage to escape to during the upcoming week then why not visit one of our charming Cambridgeshire holiday cottages; with beautiful open fires and far reaching views these cottages paint the perfect picture for a warm and cosy Christmas.


Venue Cymru, Llandudno

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The coastal town of Llandudno is a fantastic destination for picking up that last minute Christmas gift; the town offers everything from high-street brands to quirky independent craft stores, so you’ll be sure to find everything you need for your loved ones this year. We would encourage a trip to the magnificent Venue Cymru where families will be entertained with a wonderful rendition of Sleeping Beauty; the show is perfect for a Christmas Eve treat, showing at 1pm and again at 5pm. The salty sea air and the cool breeze coming over the mountains makes Llandudno a favourite amongst holiday makers, so take advantage of our Llandudno holiday cottages this year and spoil the family with a wonderful welsh Christmas!

Here at Sykes Cottages we feel truly blessed to live in a country as fair as the United Kingdom, so take some time out this Christmas and explore a new town or city with the people you love. If you are stuck for ideas or need help planning your dream Christmas getaway then why not contact us? Our team of merry helpers would love to hear from you, and have expert advice on the best places to visit this Christmas Eve!

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