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Christmas in Yorkshire

4days from
£860*per person



Treat yourself to four nights in this seasonal escape, where relaxation truly is front and centre.   Unwind in a luxurious four-star hotel and spa, with restaurant dinners and drinks included, and enjoy treatments and leisure facilities at your own discretion. Set against Yorkshire’s green and pleasant lands, you’ll discover the region’s colourful culture and history. From festive celebrations in York and the stately beauty of Harewood Hall, to a tour of Harrogate’s famous springs, prepare to make unforgettable memories.  


  • Travel through the Yorkshire countryside and check into your hotel* in rural Leeds. You’ll be free to relax in the hotel’s spa and pool facilities this afternoon, and perhaps even indulge in a treatment or two, all of which are payable locally, before meeting your fellow guests for a three-course meal in the hotel’s restaurant.   *Check in time is from 3pm. 
  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant before boarding your coach for today’s excursion. Moving north, the tour’s first stop today will be the grand Harewood House, one of the ten treasure houses of the UK. Built in the 18th century, this stately home was originally built for a West Indian trader. Adorned in festive decoration, the theme of which will be revealed later in the year as Christmastime approaches, Harewood offers the perfect setting to begin your Christmas celebration. Explore the house’s expansive gardens and decadent chambers alongside your friendly tour manager and discover Harewood’s rich history. For the art afficionados amongst the group, Harewood’s galleries are certainly worth paying a visit.   Stepping outside, you’ll encounter a frozen wonderland in the house’s hundred-acre grounds dressed for the festive occasion. You’ll have free reign to explore the tranquil gorges and Buddhist stupa of Harewood’s Himalayan Garden, as well as the house’s meticulously crafted terrace, where you can find a café, a tearoom, and street vendors offering festive fare. If you have the chance, be sure to also visit the frosted waterfront at Harewood’s Lakeside Garden.   Your second stop of the day will be a short drive away further north to the renowned spa town, Harrogate, where you’ll be free to explore at your own leisure. Known as the happiest place in the UK, Harrogate is the perfect place to usher in Christmas amongst the Victorian shopfronts of ‘The English Spa’. The town, so named because of the mineral springs which drew wealth and tourism to the area in the Georgian era, is also renowned for its natural beauty.   Known for its vast open spaces, one of Harrogate’s most attractive areas is the Stray. This 200-acre stretch of grassland, home to its famous rows of cherry trees, offers a picturesque escape from the town’s busier streets. Be sure to also visit the town’s Crescent Gardens, which will be rife with festive cheer; whether it’s the wide array of seasonal street food that entices you or the square’s nostalgic fairground attractions, Harrogate’s Christmas at Crescent Gardens is sure to raise your spirits ahead of the big day.  Now suitably primed for Christmas Day, you’ll travel back to your hotel for a 'Bucks Fizz’ reception and three-course dinner complete with festive entertainment.  
  • Spend Christmas morning at your own pace with breakfast waiting for you. You’ll be free this morning to do as you wish, whether that means making the most of the hotel’s spa facilities of taking a stroll around the local area.   In the afternoon, join the other guests for a ‘Bucks Fizz’ reception and canapes ahead of a special Christmas lunch. You’ll then be free for the rest of the day to take it easy.   This evening, sit down to a buffet dinner, complete with in-house entertainment. 
  • Your fourth day will take you to Yorkshire’s oldest city, York. Get ready for the day with breakfast before making the short coach journey. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most iconic sights, including York Castle and its regal Museum Gardens, and the city’s ancient walls and Walmgate Bar, which is the only town gate in England to retain its original wooden doors. Keep an eye out for the Merchant Adventurers Hall, which holds the record for the largest timber frame structure in the UK still used for its original purpose.   You’ll then have free reign of the city for the rest of the day. Explore the winding streets and overhanging jettied buildings of the Shambles, a famed 13thcentury street enclosed by picturesque shopfronts. With an eclectic variety of traditional retailers selling artisanal goods to its more metropolitan shops and cafés, the Shambles offer a magical festive experience to cap your Christmas celebrations.   While walking York’s winding streets, pay homage to the imposing York Minster, the largest Gothic church north of the Alps. Set in the very centre of York, this grand cathedral celebrates the diverse history of the city in an entirely unique way. From displaying mistletoe on its altar, making it the only church to do so as it maintains its connection to the region’s long-held pagan traditions, to memorialising the city’s Roman origins with its Statue of Constantine, York Minster is a must-see for its unique heritage.    Having finished enjoying York’s medieval charm, board your coach back to the hotel, where you’ll be served Prosecco and light nibbles before the last dinner, a three-course meal.  
  • Well-rested and refreshed, you can enjoy your final breakfast then bid your festive Yorkshire escape farewell.   Check out of the hotel by 11am as you make your own way back home.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in York’s Nordic heritage with a tour of the city’s festive markets and Gothic Minster (optional entry can be paid locally)
  • Enjoy total relaxation at Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa
  • Discover the regal stately home, Harewood Hall, with a visit to Harrogate
  • Indulge in a special feast at the hotel’s award-wining restaurant

Our Price Includes

  • Four nights half-board accommodation at four-star Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa
  • Four breakfasts, three three-course dinners, a festive buffet dinner and a special lunch on Christmas Day
  • Free on-site parking at the hotel
  • Pre-dinner drinks, including two 'Bucks Fizz’ receptions and Prosecco with nibbles
  • In-house entertainment on three evenings
  • Unlimited access to the hotel’s private pool and spa facilities
  • Tour of Harewood House and Harrogate
  • Day trip to York and its Christmas markets
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
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December 2024
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Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: fully flexible booking policy, covid-19 cancellation cover insurance as standard and 100% protection with ABTA & ATOL. This holiday is sold and operated by Newmarket Holidays (ABTOT 5509, ATOL 2325, ABTA V7812), you can be 100% sure that your money is safe.

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