CEL­E­BRATE IN THE

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Now De­cem­ber has ar­rived, it’s the per­fect time to get fam­ily and friends to­gether and cel­e­brate the sea­son of good­will

The South West is an amaz­ing Christ­mas hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion, with an im­pres­sive ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties, stun­ning scenery and beau­ti­ful cot­tages. cot­tages.com has the per­fect se­lec­tion of cel­e­bra­tion houses avail­able to make the party sea­son even more mag­i­cal and mem­o­rable. With over 400 prop­er­ties that sleep eight peo­ple or more and over a quar­ter out of all the cel­e­bra­tion prop­er­ties in Eng­land lo­cated in the South West, there’s no bet­ter place to start the party.

FEED­ING THE FAM­ILY

Get­ting all the fam­ily to­gether also means that there are lots of hun­gry stom­achs to fill. The Pad­stow Christ­mas Fes­ti­val takes place from the 6th - 9th De­cem­ber and of­fers the best lo­cally pro­duced food and drink. Whether you’re af­ter some ar­ti­san bread and cheese to cre­ate a de­li­cious cheese­board, farm reared meats to roast, or a tra­di­tional Christ­mas pud­ding, the mar­ket caters for your ev­ery need. What’s more, it makes a great day out on the sea front, in­clud­ing celebrity chef demon­stra­tions and a Santa fun run to burn off the calo­ries.

CATCH UP ON CHRIST­MAS FILMS

Es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of Christ­mas shop­ping and head to the cin­ema to en­joy a clas­sic Christ­mas film that even the adults will love. The Bris­tol Film Fes­ti­val is host­ing a pop-up cin­ema from the 23rd - 30th De­cem­ber. The sched­ule in­cludes ti­tles such as Love Ac­tu­ally, Home Alone and a Mup­pets Christ­mas Carol - and if you fancy a sing along, there’s also a spe­cial screen­ing of Frozen. As well as the film fes­ti­val, there’s also the chance to whizz down the hel­ter skel­ter and pur­chase some sweet treats at the Old Sweet Shop.

REACH NEW HEIGHTS

There’s noth­ing like a brisk, win­ter walk to blow away the cob­webs and for the more ad­ven­tur­ous types, High Will­hays is the ideal chal­lenge. Of­fi­cially con­sid­ered a moun­tain, it’s not only the county top, but the high­est point in the UK south of the Bre­con Bea­cons in Wales. The most pop­u­lar route for walk­ers to take is to park at Mel­don and walk the path over the dam and up on to the moor. With plenty of pubs on route in to Oke­hamp­ton, you can stop off to warm up and en­joy a well-earned Christ­mas tip­ple.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

At Lon­gleat House and Sa­fari Park, the Fes­ti­val of Light is run­ning from the 10th Novem­ber - 6th Jan­uary 2019 over se­lected dates. Set within its land­scaped gar­dens, there are 30 acres of spec­tac­u­lar gi­ant Chi­nese lanterns that take you on a thrilling ex­pe­di­tion around the world. The Santa train is also the per­fect way to make Christ­mas ex­tra mag­i­cal. This ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion takes you past the Half-Mile Lake to a win­ter won­der­land, where chil­dren can stop off and visit Santa and his elves in the grotto.

With cot­tages.com, you can spend some qual­ity time with your near­est and dear­est. Whether you’re seek­ing an ex­pan­sive es­cape or a cosy cot­tage for your clos­est fam­ily mem­bers, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one for any oc­ca­sion. Our Christ­mas breaks of­fer ev­ery­thing from hot tubs to keep warm on the colder nights, to cin­ema rooms where you can snug­gle up and en­joy a clas­sic Christ­mas film on the big screen. Gather around a fire this Christ­mas in a cot­tage from cot­tages.com

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