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Christmas breaks 2010: this year Scotland offers more!

Christmas breaks in Scotland: what’s on offer this year?

For Christmas breaks in 2010 Scotland had a wide range of activities to choose from. This year promises even more.

In Edinburgh, the festive season just gets longer. In 2011 a month-long programme is planned, with Scotland’s capital transforming into a magical winter wonderland. Centred on the world-famous Princes Street Gardens, there are food and drink markets from all over Europe, fairground rides and ice-skating for all the family, and close proximity to major shopping thoroughfares.

Glasgow’s ‘style mile’ offers unrivalled shopping opportunities, with a programme of events, including a skating rink, based on George Square. Check out Glasgow Loves Christmas (www.glasgowloveschristmas.com/) for a taster.

Which Scottish Christmas breaks are recommended?

Christmas in Scotland can be unique. Remember the spectacular railway viaduct in the Harry Potter films? You can travel over this very bridge on the West Highland Railway and Christmas in Crianlarich (www.railholidays.com/tours/christmas-scotland-rail-holiday.aspx). This magical journey crosses Scotland’s magnificent snow-capped scenery, followed by live music, dancing and fantastic banquets. You’ll spend Christmas Eve in Oban, with the option of a Loch Lomond Cruise. Six days are available from £598.

Where can I book Christmas breaks in Scotland?

Following on from the excellent Christmas breaks in 2010 in Scotland, you can book Peebles Hydro from 24 -27 December (www.peebleshydro.co.uk/holidays/christmas_breaks.html). This makes an ideal opportunity for Christmas pampering, with food and entertainment suitable for all the family.The three-night break is available from £499 per person.

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