Christmas may come just once a year, but if you’re a self-confessed travel addict like we are, you intend to make it count!
Although Summer is popular for travel, Winter offers far better deals for flights; Ryanair often feature cut-price deals across the continent for less than the cost of a three course meal.
As the festive season commences, most places throw a little extra magic into the mix; from yuletide markets with distinctive gifts, to trams decked out in Christmas lights that make serial snapping a must.
With the above in mind, we’ve rounded up 3 of the best budget-friendly destinations to visit this Christmas which provide maximum vibe, for minimal expense. Let’s begin!
BUDGET FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS DESTINATION NO. 1: MANCHESTER
In terms of cultural diversity, Manchester takes some beating. From a glorious, global food scene to cultural attractions aplenty, this Northern star excels at Christmas as well-it’s festive market is the largest in the UK! Despite its incredible size, the market doesn’t compromise on atmosphere; the convivial vibe feels reminiscent of a festive street party (with mince pies and mulled wine on tap at all times) Ever harboured a secret desire to take on Torvill and Dean? Manchester also boats an incredible ice rink this yuletide, complete with an ice village that showcases the phantasmagorical creations of some of the world’s leading ice sculptors (alongside an ice bar to slake your thirst!) The city certainly wears its heritage with pride; the sculptures featured all have a distinct link to the city, including Manchester’s worker bee emblem and a statue of a ‘votes for women’ badge that honours suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. Although the UK is a little more expensive than our other featured destinations, cities up North, such as Manchester, tend to offer good value for money. Plus the experience of wandering through a magical snow scene with a market the size of a small country is pretty much priceless!
Did You Know?
The city’s diversity extends well beyond the cuisine itself-over 200 different languages are spoken in Manchester-providing you the perfect opportunity to dust off your phrasebook, and get learning the lingo!