Cheap winter getaways are the perfect way to see in the end of the Summer and celebrate the festive season. These getaways won’t use up your Christmas gift budget. Plus they include last minute deals on winter holidays in the UK and overseas.
Long weekend in Paris
A long winter weekend in the romantic city of Paris.
Enjoy 3 start accommodation in the Balladins Superior hotel. One month before Christmas, you could travel by train from St Pancras to Paris.
This Eurostar break includes a double room for two nights, and travel each way, for a total of £210.
Two people can escape for a winter weekend break in Paris. This is a good time to enjoy the sights and landmarks. There are many operas to enjoy, as well.
Late November will be cold and rainy, but this won’t detract from your fun. The Christmas decorations and vendors will be out.
In November, the city will be quieter as there will be fewer tourists wandering around.
You can enjoy the city at your own pace, without the queues and with a cosy hotel room to return to.
Winter weekend in Sitges
With mild temperatures Sitges, near Barcelona, is ideal for cheap winter getaways.
You can book a weekend from 9th December, with three nights in the Hotel Sitges, for less than £300.
This holiday can include flights from Luton Airport to Barcelona, along with a double room for the duration of your stay.
Sitges has some beautiful historic sights, but is well-known for its nightlife as well. Two people can enjoy winter parties and visits to museums, all in one weekend.
Though the winter weather may not be good enough for sunbathing, on a weekend in Sitges you might like to find time for a walk along a clean sandy beach.
Cheap winter getaways in Coventry
The Ibis Coventry South is a budget hotel providing accommodation in a city that is ideal for winter breaks.
Book a room from 9th-11th December, for a long weekend with a hotel bill totalling just £90.
You will get a double room with en-suite facilities, in a quiet location but with easy access to the centre of Coventry.
This could be the perfect break for a cathedral visit, a festive shopping trip, theatre shows or day trips to the city’s museums.
For an extra £10, your dog can go with you to this pet-friendly hotel.
Warm winter break in Marrakech
In early December, Marrakech is a warm winter break destination. Two adults can escape for the first weekend in December, for less than £300.
The price for a two night weekend away includes flights from Stansted, along with a double bedroom in Hotel Marrakech Le Semiramis.
You could even choose the B&B option, still under £300 in total.
The weather in Morocco offers a nice change from the dropping temperatures in the UK. Marrakech is a lovely place for a long weekend of sightseeing.
Swiss Alps weekend in Geneva
You can save money by planning cheap weekend getaways on your own.
Sipping hot chocolate whilst looking out at the snow-capped peaks of the Alps is the perfect winter activity.
Two people can fly to Geneva from Manchester, for less than £120 on 9th December.
Include a two night stay at Résidence Studio Genève Centre for a further £160, giving you a weekend in Geneva for a total of £280.
On this break you can be within easy reach of Geneva’s most beautiful landmarks, as well as Lake Geneva itself.
Weekend break in County Donegal
By taking advantage of Groupon offers, you can find some great weekend getaways at low prices.
A three night stay in County Donegal can cost just £109.
This Groupon deal includes a room for two, a box of chocolates and a glass of Prosecco. It is perfect for a romantic long weekend.
Guests taking advantage of this deal will stay in the Mulroy Woods Hotel, which is a charming little hotel by the coast.
Groupon deals provide access to some of the best prices for winter holidays, but have limited availability. If you are planning to escape for a few days, it helps to book quickly to avoid disappointment.
Weekend break in private accommodation
Initially, you might look for hotels and B&Bs when searching for weekend accommodation.
These aren’t your only options.
You might not feel brave enough to stay in a caravan or glamping pod through the winter months. Yet, you could save money by booking to stay in private or residential accommodation.
With Airbnb, you can find accommodation offered by other people like you. The accommodation providers are families with a room spare, or property owners that don’t want to rent long-term.
A private room in Manchester, with easy access to the famous Manchester Christmas Markets, can cost just £68. That price covers two nights of accommodation in December, for a stay from Friday to Sunday.
The accommodation for this deal is a private bedroom near Manchester city centre.
A winter visit to the bustling markets could be the perfect opportunity to pick up Christmas gifts. Or, there are plenty of sightseeing and shopping opportunities to enjoy.
Staying in a stranger’s house may not be for everyone. But if you are comfortable with the idea this is an ideal way to meet new people and save money on a weekend away.
Venice winter break
For a romantic winter getaway, you’ll want to consider a stay in Venice.
Situated on the Venetian waterway, Hotel Tiziano is available for just £216 per couple.
This holiday price includes B&B accommodation for two nights, from the first Friday in December. Flights are also included on Friday from London, and back again on Sunday.
The Hotel Tiziano is furnished in an elegant Italian style, and located close to some of the best sightseeing spots.
Winter breaks in Blackpool
You probably don’t immediately think of Blackpool, when planning a winter weekend break. You’ll find few places that are cheaper, though.
Out of season, Blackpool is not the same town that you might have been to for your summer holiday. The Pleasure Beach will be closed, and the Blackpool Illuminations end in early November, but there’s a different side of the resort to see.
On 11th November, arrive for a two night stay in the 100 Pipers Hotel. An en-suite room for two costs just £90 for the full weekend break. Breakfast is included.
Some of Blackpool’s arcades will be open through the winter months. You can wrap up warm for winter walks along the beach. This is a good time of the year for pantomimes and shows at the Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Weekend break in a caravan in Hastings
If you are looking for a cheap break for the whole family, and feel happy to brave a winter stay in a caravan, then are great end-of-season deals to be found.
Combe Haven is one of the holiday parks owned by Haven. A 3-night weekend break at the end of October costs just £259, for two adults and two children.
The caravan’s living area is heated. Extra heaters are available for £8 each, or you can upgrade to a caravan with full central heating for an extra £30.
At the end of the season you can still enjoy many of the on-site activities. Even sothe evening entertainment may be significantly quieter.
Planning a winter getaway
If you are planning a short break this winter, keep in mind these few tips to make the most of your money:
Check your travel documents
If you need a passport, make sure that it is ready and valid. You get the best deals of winter breaks when you book last minute.
Don’t take a risk with your money, when your passport might not be ready in time.
Shop around for holiday deals
Look at a variety of different locations, if you do not have anywhere specific in mind.
City breaks are often more expensive, whilst quieter hotels will drop their prices to tempt out of season tourists, but this is not a strict rule.
Some of the most expensive summer holiday destinations can be the cheapest once cold weather sets in.
Plan your itinerary in advance
A cheap weekend break can be a fantastic way to escape the daily grind. Low prices can be tempting, but there is still the possibility of quickly depleting your bank balance.
Remember that many attractions will be closed through the winter months. Walks may not be as appealing in cold, wet weather. You might not find many things to do.
If you find yourself without a plan, you may be tempted to spend your money in the shops and buy more when you are out and about.
Before you book, make sure that you are not going to get bored and overspend.
Winter weekends: your destinations
Where would you choose for a cheap winter weekend getaway?
Do you prefer UK winter breaks, or an escape to somewhere warmer?