5 Christmas Activities to make you sparkle this Christmas

The festive season is almost upon us, bringing with it all that sparkles, from decorative baubles to candles, crackers, and colourful lights. But as December approaches, what makes you sparkle? Let’s look at five ways you can bring a twinkle to your eye and warmth to your heart in the run up to the holidays.

1. Quality time with the ones you love

From festive drinks with your colleagues to toast to a well-needed break from work, to the traditional annual get-togethers with your extended family, Christmas is the perfect time to reconnect with your nearest and dearest. We travel far and wide to share thoughtful gifts and sumptuous turkey dinners and get some sparkle from the ones we love.

If you’re looking for a place to meet up with your loved ones this Christmas, look no further. From family-friendly suites to sleep your whole Christmas crew to party nights that’ll have you hitting the dancefloor, we’ve got Christmas get-togethers covered!

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2. Christmas markets and Christmas shopping

Who doesn’t love a traditional Christmas market? And there are plenty up and down Great Britain, each with their own unique identity and special selection of stocking fillers. A wander round the stalls and a tasty bratwurst will soon have you feeling full of festive sparkle.

The ever-popular Manchester Christmas Markets will be back from 10 November to 22 December 2022 with stalls and an ice rink – promising a great day out for the whole family. If you’re travelling to Manchester to shop up a storm, remember the Park Royal Hotel & Spa is close by.

Another magical Christmas market returning this year is the Oxford Christmas Market, known for its carolling choirs, beautiful handmade gifts, and brightly coloured decorations. If you’re in the area between 1 and 18 December, swing by for a glass of mulled wine and a wonderful day of festive fun. And when it’s time for bed, our Oxfordshire hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton Oxford Belfry welcomes you to its cosy rooms.

3. Start a countdown to Christmas

Who says advent calendars are just for the kids? Extend the Christmas fun over the whole of December by finding a special way to countdown to the big day.

Why not play a different Christmas song each day on your commute? Or sample a different traditional Christmas food every Wednesday as a mid-week treat? To really get in the festive spirit why not book in a festive activity for every weekend in December? It could be anything from making homemade wrapping paper to heading out to see the panto or enjoying a festive-themed afternoon tea with your mates.

4. Festive feasts

What would Christmas be without sugar and spice? Christmas cake, sugar canes, mince pies, mulled wine, hot cocoa, and more – every mouthful makes you sparkle! We bet you’re looking forward to sampling sweet festive treats at the Christmas table, not to mention savoury favourites like roast turkey, potatoes, peas, and honey-glazed gammon with gravy. Now that’s heart-warming food at its finest.

If you want to enjoy all the trimmings with minimum fuss this Christmas, why not let our chefs take care of the chopping, peeling and prepping? Take a look at our Christmas lunches and Christmas Breaks.

5. Old and new Christmas traditions

Hanging stockings, making a gingerbread house, decorating the tree, putting out milk and cookies for Santa, and opening presents by the fireplace might all be current Christmas traditions that you do each year. And these are so precious, so keep them up! But if you want to get creative with your family this season, try adding a few new traditions to your itinerary, like festive scrapbooking and cracker making. You might find the extra activities make you extra sparkly on Christmas Day.