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The Christmas holidays equal a full house and a lot of energy to burn. The little ones are excited to be out of school and impatiently awaiting Santa Claus’ visit, so unsurprisingly after all the excitement around Christmas it can be hard to keep the kids entertained. How about a magical Christmas city break? Here are our top four destinations for Christmas city breaks in the UK:


London is certainly Christmas heaven for kids. From ice skating round the famous sights to seeing Santa on the River Thames, visiting the famous Winter Wonderland, to musicals and pantomimes in the West End and brilliant lights everywhere, there’s a lot to amaze kids of all ages in the fantastically festive capital. Why not book a stay at one of our London YHAs and be in the middle of it all? A festive Christmas break in the UK for the whole family!

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It’s never too early to get excited for Christmas, and Cardiff is jam-packed with fabulous festivities.  From Santa’s Grotto to the perfect panto, charity runs and Christmas arts and crafts, there’s something for every family to enjoy this Christmas in the Welsh capital. If you’re looking for high quality, award-winning, Cardiff city centre accommodation to book this Christmas, YHA Cardiff Central is a top option for you. A perfect base for the perfect Christmas city break in the UK.

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From carol singing in the cathedral to massive family-friendly events – this city boasts that “Nowhere does Christmas like Manchester”. Winter Funland Manchester is the UK’s largest indoor festive theme park – and includes rides, magic shows and lots to capture the kids’ imaginations. Use YHA Manchester for a central base of endless ‘things-to-dos’ including ice skating at the Cathedral Gardens, visiting Santa’s Grotto at the Arndale Centre and much more!

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There are many festive family activities to keep the children entertained this Christmas in the coastal city of Brighton. From admiring the twinkling Christmas lights, to visiting the Royal Pavilion when lit up, to marking the shortest day of the year at Burning the Clocks, Brighton is never short of attractions for keeping children entertained – and ensuring cabin fever doesn’t set in! With YHA Brighton being in the centre of this stunning city, it’s a great opportunity to book a handy, UK Christmas city break with your little ones. 

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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