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5 Favourite Family Traditions

15 December 2021


What are your Christmas family traditions?

From watching Christmas movies to squeezing around the dinner table, every family has different ways to celebrate the festive period. 

In this blog, we’re sharing our 5 favourite family traditions: 

Ice Skating On Christmas Eve

One of our favourite family traditions is donning the winter hats and heading to an outdoor ice rink!

A festive activity, the twinkling lights, cold weather and smell of warm mince pies is the perfect way to see in Christmas. 

Twirling and gliding on the ice with your loved ones is a magical experience; why not round off your skate with a mulled wine?

This outdoor ice rink in Yorkshire is the idyllic spot for your festivities. It’s within driving distance of Scarborough if you want to make a weekend of it!

Attending a Carol Concert

There’s little better than grabbing a Baileys hot chocolate and heading to a festive carol concert. 

Gather your loved ones and enjoy the traditional Christmas songs. Listen, dance or sing to your heart’s content; the perfect way to spend quality time with your loved ones this festive period.

Visiting Christmas Markets

One of the best family traditions is to visit Christmas markets. 

Whether you head on a day trip or make a weekend of it, Christmas markets are the ideal way to get into the festive spirit. 

Wooden huts adorned with decorations and glittering fairy lights line cobbled streets, brimming with handmade gifts, trinkets and food, offering plenty of inspiration for your Christmas shopping. 

Waverley Castle is a beautiful location for a festive stay, and is situated just an hour from Edinburgh – which hosts one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe. 

Staying in a Hotel for Christmas 

Christmas can often feel overwhelming, especially if you’re hosting and in charge of cooking. 

Why not start a new tradition and spend Christmas in a hotel? Let the staff take care of you; snuggle up with a hot chocolate by a cosy fire, enjoy a delicious dinner with all the trimmings, and forget about the washing up!

Open your presents in the comfort of your room, before heading out on a festive frosty walk for the perfect Christmas morning. 

We recommend staying at The George hotel in Hexham for Christmas; contact a member of the team to book now. 

Gathering with Your Loved Ones 

One of the most important aspects of Christmas is spending quality time with your loved ones. 

Why not plan a Christmas party in the run up to the main event, where extended family can join you for an evening of fizz, nibbles and dancing?

A festive way to celebrate, meeting in the weeks leading up to Christmas means you then have the day itself to relax and enjoy some quality time with your immediate family. 

Many of the Coast and Country Hotel Collection are hosting Christmas party nights and events; call 01905 679111 to find out more. 

Alternatively, why not read our previous blog to discover the secrets of Scotland?

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