WHAT’S ON: Why go to Europe for some festive cheer when some of the best Christmas markets are closer to home?
Celebrate Christmas Past
The streets of Stratford-upon-Avon are steeped in history, providing an atmospheric setting for a historical festive fair. Held from December 9-12, the town’s Victorian Christmas Market features stalls helmed by vendors in period costume, along with a stage in Henley Street hosting a programme of entertainment and a traditional funfair with a carousel.
A novel way to experience the festivities is by canal boat. It’s a six-hour journey from Drifters’ canal boat hire base on the Stratford Canal at Wootton Wawen, passing through 17 locks in the Warwickshire countryside.
How: The 48ft Teddington 4 narrowboat (sleeping four) is available December 10-13 for £605, including bed linen, towels, cancellation protection, first pet, parking and tuition on arrival. A £50 non-refundable damage waiver and fuel deposit (£50 for a short break, £90 for a week) are extra.
Where: Warwick Castle
Medieval kings and queens were renowned for hosting grand banquets. The tradition continues with a supreme spread of festive foods at Warwick Castle’s Winter Stalls. Eat German sausage and pretzels cooked on an open grill, or dine on locally farmed slow roasted pork with homemade chutneys.
Wander around the 64-acre grounds to admire a Light Trail and zip across an ice rink. New this year, an Elf Workshop invites families to make a board game and listen to bedtime stories from Santa.
How: Tickets for Castle entrance and Stories With Santa cost £26pp. Both the ice skating and Light Trail cost £14.50pp each. Visit warwick-castle.com.
Deck the halls of a stately home
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