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Tis The Season For A Fabulous And Festive Family Break

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A Grand Christmas

Spend a very merry Christmas at The White Palace on the seafront in Eastbourne where its festive House Party will pay homage to its jazz and classical music heritage. This lavish four-night stay at The Grand includes afternoon tea, a champagne welcome dinner, a gin tasting, a Sandi-themed buffet, a quiz, a full Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings and a Boxing Day buffet followed by a trip to see Beauty and The Beast pantomime.

In the evening, enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne with canapés, followed by a black-tie Gala Dinner in the Garden Restaurant with live entertainment from ‘Co-Stars Band’ in the Chatsworth Lounge before leaving the five-star hotel after a hearty breakfast the following morning.

from £1,300 pp for two adults sharing a Deluxe bedroom for four nights’ full-board accommodation. Children from £420 each (under 2s stay free) when sharing their parents’ room. www.grandeastbourne.com

Stylish Sleepover

Christmas is about cosying up in your PJs with a glass of bubbly in front of the TV with a loved one. Which is exactly what you can do in the luxury surroundings of Horwood House Hotel in Buckinghamshire. The new Stylish Sleepover package includes an overnight B&B stay, a pair of Their Nibs PJ's to keep, a bottle of prosecco, in-room bites, spa access and express treatments. And it’s not just for Christmas – the sleepover is available until 31 March, 2024.

Share a suite with up to 3 people per room and pamper yourselves with access to the new H Spa to unwind in the indoor pool, steam and sauna as well as an express spa treatment each. From £199 per person per night. www.horwoodhouse.co.uk

Bottomless Christmas Brunch

Forget slaving over a hot oven all day, the kids screaming, the dog barking and family members lounging while you cook up a storm this year and, book the Royal Lancaster London’s Christmas Day Bottomless Brunch instead.

From breakfast staples including waffles and pancake stations, to a fresh fruit counter and all the best bits of a Full English, to fresh sushi and a vast salad selection, and a succulent roast Turkey with all the trimmings, there’s also a range of decadent puddings.

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, followed by free flowing red and white wine and a live Jazz trio at the luxury hotel’s Park Restaurant overlooking the Italian Gardens in Hyde Park. December 25 1-4pm, £195 per person. To book opentable.com

A Literary Christmas

Heading to London? Then make sure you have a tree-mendous time by visiting St Pancras International Station to be transported into the magic of Christmas with their literary Tree created with the help of Hatchards, the capital’s oldest bookshop.

Standing at 12 metres tall, the tree has a winding staircase wrapping around 270 shelves containing an incredible 3,800 books. Visitors can immerse themselves in reading a Christmas classic in one of the eight cubby holes or listen to a five-minute excerpt from a choice of 16 audiobooks or readings provided exclusively by Penguin Books, featuring authors including Zadie Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Richard Osman and Tom Fletcher.

The Tree is the centrepiece of the St. Pancras International festive offering, which also includes the Christmas Grotto, located on The Grand Terrace. During their visit, children can meet Santa, enjoy activities with Elves, listen to stories and even take their parents for a trip to Hamleys and Hatchards where they can receive 20% off with their grotto ticket.



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