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Celebrate the festive season in style by booking a Christmas & New Year break with Arena Travel! We offer a wide selection of festive getaways; all carefully crafted to provide a relaxing and enchanting break during this special time of year.

Whether you want to escape the winter chill, explore the Christmas markets across Europe or stay a little closer to home with a UK Christmas break - we are sure to have a trip that will give you an unforgettable experience this Christmas & New Year.

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  1. York Christmas

    York & Harrogate Christmas Markets

    15 Nov 2019 - 18 Nov 2019

    Get in to the festive spirit with this wonderful short break by rail, as we explore the UK Christmas markets of York and Harrogate. The perfect break to kick start the festive seasons, not only will your enjoy time browsing the many stalls at the festive markets, but be able to indulge in a exclusive cream tea and Betty’s Tea Room in the spa town Harrogate – if that isn’t treating yourself, then we don’t know what is!

    4 days from £395
    Ref: REUYH0419
  2. Lille

    Bruges & Lille Christmas Markets

    27 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019

    All aboard to France and Belgium on this festive break by rail! Explore some of the very best Christmas markets as we spend time in Bruges, famous for its spectacular canals and medieval centre, and Lille one of France's largest markets with over 800 stalls. Treat yourself to the scenery and enjoy a medley of markets.

    4 days from £395
    Ref: REBRL0419
  3. Baltic Cities Christmas Markets Knitting Tour

    Baltic Cities Christmas Markets Knitting Tour

    30 Nov 2019 - 6 Dec 2019
    With: Carol Meldrum

    This tour to Tallinn, in Estonia and Riga, in Latvia, is the perfect way to start your Christmas preparations.

    6 nights from £1,379
    Ref: 19072
  4. Strasbourg

    Strasbourg & the Black Forest Christmas Markets

    2 Dec 2019 - 9 Dec 2019

    Board Eurostar for a festive rail journey like no other. On this four day break we visit some of Europe's best Chrsitmas markets, including the world famous Strasbourg markets, and even include a trip into the winter wonderland that is Germany's Black Forest and the markets of Freiburg.

    4 days from £459
    Ref: RESBF0419
  5. Cologne Cathedral

    German Christmas Markets featuring Aled Jones

    11 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019

    Shop and soak up the atmosphere of picturesque Bonn and the stunning city of Cologne, before enjoying an exclusive Christmas concert featuring Aled Jones, followed by a post concert CD signing and Q&A with Aled himself. This is a festive holiday you won’t forget in a hurry! .

    4 days from £1,095
    Ref: TRECXM0419
  6. Lake Bled

    Christmas on Lake Bled

    20 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Board our train to Slovenia for this magical rail holiday and discover the enchanting scenery of Lake Bled at this special time of year. From the Austrian Alps to the capital city of Ljubljana and the breathtaking Postojna Caves, you'll think all of your Christmas presents have come at once on this eight day Christmas holiday.

    8 days from £1,299
    Ref: REBLX0819
  7. Monaco

    Christmas on the Italian Riviera

    22 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Spend this Christmas relaxing in the milder climes of the Italian Riviera of Flowers, a region that certainly lives up to its name with glorious coastal scenery and year-round sunshine. You’ll be based in the charming resort of Diano Marina – the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate – and be treated to visits to stylish destinations, such as Monte Carlo on the neighbouring French Riviera and the historic village of Cervo. With a traditional Christmas dinner also waiting to be tucked into, this is a top pick for anyone wanting to get away this Christmas.

    6 days from £799
    Ref: REXIR0619
  8. Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

    Christmas in the Pyrenees

    22 Dec 2019 - 29 Dec 2019

    Snowy mountain peaks and warm festive treats – the perfect combination for a Christmas break by rail. From our base in the Spanish town of Roses, we enjoy a stocking full of activities, from a delicious Christmas lunch to four magical rail journeys and a visit to the historic Dali Museum - you’ll discover new sights only a few have had the opportunity to see, on this festive rail holiday.

    8 days from £995
    Ref: REXPYR0819
  9. A Yorkshire Christmas

    A Yorkshire Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    This delightful rail holiday takes you on a magical journey to the classic countryside of Yorkshire at Christmas. Surely there's no better way to spend the festive season then surrounded by friendly Yorkshire folk. Explore medieval castles and journey along heritage railways, taking in the scenery of some of Yorkshire’s charming towns, enjoy the comfort of your hotel and indulge in festive food and celebrations.

    5 days from £689
    Ref: REUYX0519
  10. Glacier Express

    Christmas Glacier Express Magic

    23 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019

    Experience a world full of festive magic on this enchanting Christmas rail holiday. Journey to the heart of the Swiss Alps and enjoy an unforgettable ride on the world famous Glacier Express. Join in with the local festivities and take in the winter wonderland scenery of Lucerne, Bern, Interlaken & more!

    6 days from £1,295
    Ref: REGXX0619
  11. Festive Bridge in Benalmadena, Sunset Beach Club

    Festive Bridge in Benalmadena, Sunset Beach Club

    23 Dec 2019 - 6 Jan 2020
    With: Colin Simcox
    The 4 star Sunset Beach Club is very well positioned on the sea front promenade leading into Benalmadena.
    7 OR 14 nights half board & wine excl. flights from £779
    Ref: 19070
  12. Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stratford and a Shakespearean Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Enjoy a festive escape to Stratford upon Avon and experience all things Shakespeare on this short rail holiday. As well as tucking into a traditional Christmas dinner, this Christmas break will see you take in stunning scenery as you enjoy a train ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. You will also enjoy a tour of Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s quaint cottage and a Christmas Eve performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the famous Swan Theatre.

    5 days from £595
    Ref: REUSTX0519
  13. Festive Chateaux and Paris for Christmas

    Festive Chateaux and Paris for Christmas

    23 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Experience delicious food and twinkling lights as you treat yourself to a change of scenery this Christmas on this unforgettable rail break. Celebrate the festive season in style and indulge in the opulent surroundings of French Chateaux, as we explore the Château Vaux le Vicomte, Château de Chantilly and the Palace of Versailles. See the very best of Paris, the City of Light and make this Christmas one you will never forget.

    5 days from £895
    Ref: REPVX0519
  14. Refreshers Festive New Year Bridge at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

    Refreshers Festive New Year Bridge at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

    27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
    With: James and Jane Tullett
    Join us for a Festive New Year Refreshers bridge holiday at the charming Sedgebrook Haill in the village of Chapel Brampton.
    6 nights from £699
    Ref: 19081B
  15. Festive New Year Bridge at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

    Festive New Year Bridge at Sedgebrook Hall, Northamptonshire

    27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
    With: Andrew Kambites
    Located in the charming village of Chapel Brampton in the heart of the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, Sedgebrook Hall is set in 13 acres of picturesque gardens.
    6 nights from £699
    Ref: 19081A
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    Stratford and a Shakespearean New Year

    29 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    Join us this New Year and immerse yourself in all things Shakespeare, on this short break by rail. Discover the playwright’s birthplace, tucked away in the middle of Stratford’s pretty high street and visit the quaint cottage of Anne Hathaway, before taking in a performance of Shakespeare’s King John at the famous Swan Theatre

    5 days from £595
    Ref: REUSTNY0519
  17. Nuremberg - A pre-Christmas Treat

    Nuremberg - A pre-Christmas Treat

    10 Dec 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
    With: Dr Ulrike Ziegler
    For centuries Nuremberg was one of the greatest cities of the German Empire, situated at the crossroads between Hamburg and Venice, Paris and Prague, famous for its arts and crafts, and birthplace of Albrecht Dürer, Germany’s most famous artist.
    5 nights from £1,995
    Ref: 20NURN

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