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Oct 11th, 2018, 08:16 AM
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Christmas 2019 In England - Looking For Suggestions

My husband and I, as well as our daughter and 12 year old grandson, are considering spending Christmas 2019 in England. Our thoughts are in the very beginning of the planning stage, but we know we'd like to revolve the entire trip around an awesome Christmas experience/celebration. We are thinking we'd like something along the "country manor" or castle experience. Last year we spent Christmas in a hotel in Budapest. It was beautiful and fun, but we'd like something a little more personalized this time around. I welcome your suggestions! Thanks!
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Oct 11th, 2018, 08:29 AM
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If it was me, I'd maybe re-thimk the idea a bit. Country house Christmas breaks are predominantly geared to adults with not too awful much for kids. Some 'family events' to be sure, but by definition they are mostly isolated and out in the country and most people staying will be older/well off couples . . . And are quite pricey but budget may not be an issue??

anyway -- The big cities (especially London) have many many fun/holiday events for all ages and very festive atmosphere. Maybe a couple of days in a country house hotel but mainly plan the trip around London.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 11:10 AM
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Hampton Court Palace especially is well known for it popular Christmas decor and presentations:

https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court...s-celebration/
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Oct 11th, 2018, 12:37 PM
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Here you are:

https://www.lygonarmshotel.co.uk/christmas-new-year/
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Oct 11th, 2018, 01:07 PM
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Thanks, janisj! You have a good point about the country house celebration not necessarily being active enough for a twelve year old. Plus, we are sensitive to the fact that many adult guest don't always appreciate having children around. I will be sure to look into London Christmas festivities.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 01:09 PM
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Good suggestion, PalenQ. I notice this seems geared to school classes. Do you know if they offer this for the general public? I will investigate further.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 01:18 PM
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Underhill, Lygon Arms Hotel looks like a lovely hotel with a great Christmas package. I would imagine that it is possible to take a train from London.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 01:48 PM
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>>I would imagine that it is possible to take a train from London.<<

It is in Broadway and the nearest train stations are in Moreton-in-Marsh about 25 minutes away by car, and Evesham which is a little nearer but the train takes 20 minutes longer. Also note that rail travel can be disrupted around the holidays with track works plus total shut down on Christmas.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 02:06 PM
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Good suggestion, PalenQ. I notice this seems geared to school classes. Do you know if they offer this for the general public? I will investigate further.
Hampton Court will have an ice rink in front of the Palace, before the main entrance. You can buy tickets for it. There is almost always something going on at HCP especially at Christmas, it is beautifully lit up with different colours.

https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court...ng/#gs.4h7o9AE
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Oct 11th, 2018, 04:28 PM
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Keep in mind that London basically shuts down Christmas Day. So if you do end up in London, youíll want to look where you can walk to from your hotel, if thatís where you end up,, and also whatís open when. (A lot of stuff is closed the next day or two after. I liked Italy more for that reason. London was a bit of a struggle logistics wise).

i love the idea of the castle or country houseóI tried to do that, but they do have minimum stays, so that would be something else to consider. I donít know if either count as personalized, though? I mean, whether youíre in a mansion or a castle, youíre still in a hotel.
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Oct 11th, 2018, 04:52 PM
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>>A lot of stuff is closed the next day or two after<<

Some things are closed on Boxing day, but nothing that I know of is closed longer than that.
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Oct 12th, 2018, 05:33 AM
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Thank you for more food for thought - and for reminding me of things to consider, including closures and availability of transportation. As I continue to think about this, I welcome suggestions about activities and places to stay.
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Oct 14th, 2018, 03:03 AM
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I'd try the larger hotels in the Lake District, maybe in Bowness, Windermere or Ambleside. They'll all have festivities over the Christmas and New Year period and we've spent and enjoyed a number of 3 and 4 day breaks there at that time of the year. Depends on your budget, but there are a range of places to fit most pockets.

The scenery is spectacular and if you're lucky enough to get one of those cold, clear and sunny periods, you'll love it.

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Oct 14th, 2018, 06:47 AM
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>>if you're lucky enough to get one of those cold, clear and sunny periods, you'll love it.<< . . . and if you aren't lucky enough and the weather is awful, at least the hotel will be nice.
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