If you’re in a quandary over where to spend Christmas, we’re here to help make that decision a little easier. Whether you choose to enjoy festive events in heart of London or Geneva, cosy up in a grand hotel in the countryside, or escape to sunnier climes in South Africa or Florida, you can find the festive retreat you’re looking for with Red Carnation Hotels.

Where to Spend Christmas

A Wintery City Break

With its nostalgic Christmas markets, sparkling outdoor ice rinks and seasonal West End shows, London glows with festive spirit throughout the holidays. With all of our London hotels situated just moments from the city’s landmarks, world-class museums and prestigious shopping avenues, each one is the ideal place to celebrate the season.

The Milestone Hotel embraces Christmas in the capital with gusto, serving up winter warming cocktails in the Stables Bar and adorning each room with lavish decorations. Meanwhile at Egerton House Hotel, a stay over the festive season comes with gift vouchers for the iconic luxury department store, Harrods. But whichever hotel you do opt for, be sure to stop by the Montague Ski Lodge, our ever-popular winter bar at The Montague.

Where to Spend Christmas

For a Swiss seasonal break, guests can check into Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva. Here, guests can sip Champagne while looking out across Lake Geneva, having had a chauffeur driven Christmas shopping trip with the assistance of a personal shopper in Bon Génie Grieder. 

Escape to the Country

If the wintery countryside proves to be a greater allure, there are few places grander than Ashford Castle in Ireland. Here, guests have the opportunity to explore the 350-acre castle grounds before warming up by a log fire within the castle’s opulent interior, and dining on sumptuous cuisine washed down with fine wines.

Where to Spend Christmas

By travelling instead to the tranquil island of Guernsey, guests of The Old Government House Hotel and Duke of Richmond are treated to a feast of traditional Christmas fare and bubbly, with the pull of invigorating coastal walks in the great outdoors.

But as an easy journey from London, Dorset is another popular country retreat. And it’s not just convenience that brings people here; it’s also the county’s mile-upon-mile of undulating English countryside, wild Jurassic coastline, and the chance to stay in cosy country house hotels, like Summer Lodge and Acorn Inn. Christmas at Summer Lodge is made extra special, with the festive menus making use of the local produce, a Christmas Eve carol service, and stockings to wake up to on Christmas Day. 

Where to Spend Christmas

Find Winter Sun 

If the idea of swapping a traditional Christmas for some winter sun is more appealing, check in to our South Africa and Florida based hotels. Get into the festive spirit at The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, with eggnog on arrival, live entertainment and a festive spread of turkey, gammon and mince pies, among many more indulgent treats. Christmas at The Oyster Box in Durban promises to be equally lavish with festive spreads and entertainment both on the agenda, plus the addition of Carols by Candlelight, an evening of celebration with music by the award-winning Field Band Foundation.

Where to Spend Christmas

While these guests are soaking up the sun in South Africa, others are sunning themselves by the pool in Palm Beach, while staying at the luxurious Chesterfield Hotel. At The Chesterfield, Christmas in the sun encompasses fine festive fare, Champagne, and the chance to create your own seasonal cocktails.

With such a diversity of holiday experiences on offer within our elegant hotels, deciding where to spend Christmas is far from being a chore.

Image credits: Cover photo © iStock / oversnap. Christmas Tree © iStock / Earnest Tse. Christmas at The Milestone Hotel © Red Carnation Hotels. Ashford Castle in the snow © Red Carnation Hotels. Christmas Stockings © iStock / coramueller. The Chesterfield Palm Beach © Red Carnation Hotels.