Christmas and New Year Breaks in Dorset

You can truly relax on a Christmas, Twixmas or New Year break in Dorset.

Put your feet up and let someone else do the organising, cooking and cleaning. Whether you choose to stay in a seaside retreat or a country house hotel, you'll be looked after from the moment you arrive.

The Pines Hotel

Located overlooking Swanage Bay, The Pines Hotel offers Christmas, Twixmas and New Year breaks.

Christmas at The Pines Hotel will be a three day party starting on Christmas Eve. As well as being full-board there will also be music on two of the evenings, afternoon tea with Christmas cake and mince pies, a quiz night, plus a guided walk followed by mulled wine. Prices start at £670 per person for the three nights with the option to add additional nights either side if preferred.

If you are looking to stay between Christmas and New Year, The Pines offer two, three or four night breaks from 27th December to include dinner, bed and breakfast from £120.00 per person per night.

For New Years, book any two nights dinner, bed and breakfast to include Gala Dinner on New Years Eve with hats, novelties and bubbly from £340.00 per person.

Knoll House Hotel

After the madness that December brings with present shopping and festive celebrations, slow down and enjoy the delights of a family Christmas at the Knoll House Hotel and let someone else do all the hard work for you!

Christmas Breaks start from £805 for a two night dinner-inclusive package (based upon two adults sharing a room). A three night package is also available.

Their Recharger Breaks in-between Christmas and New Year are a dinner inclusive package based upon two adults sharing a room and are from £203 (based on two adults sharing a room).

They also have a two night dinner inclusive New Year break starting at £499 per room. A three night New Year break is also available.

The Eastbury Hotel and Spa

Book a 2 night stay at New Year. The Eastbury is a luxury country house hotel with lovely gardens, located in the unspoilt, vibrant, charming and historic town of Sherborne. Treat yourself this year and spend time with the ones you love.

For New Year, arrive on the 31st for a 2 night break to include dinner, bed and breakfast. Celebrate the New Year with a Champagne reception following by their signature 7 course tasting menu. With music and dancing, followed by a spectacular firework display, you are sure to start the New Year with a real bang. Prices start from £1100 for 2 adults, with the option to add an extra night bed and breakfast from £295 for two people.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa

Christmas at Summer Lodge is something truly special and a real treat. Your 3 night, dinner-inclusive stay begins on 24th December with an afternoon tea. Later enjoy wine tasting with their Master Sommelier followed by dinner in their candle-lit restaurant.

Christmas Day starts off with a Champagne breakfast and later a mouth-watering five course Christmas lunch accompanied by all the trimmings and piano music. In the evening there will be a light supper buffet.

On Boxing Day, Brunch is served until 2pm with the evening beginning with a Champagne reception, followed by a Black Tie Gala Dinner, including wines. Your stay will finish with breakfast on the 27th and then time to bid farewell.

Prices start from £3620 per room based on two people sharing. Single occupancy and children's rate are available on request.

2 Night New Year breaks are also available from 31st December including afternoon tea, wine tasting, dinner on both evenings and entertainment on New Years Eve to see in 2023. Prices start from £2210 per room based on two people sharing. Single occupancy and children's rate are available on request.

Mallinson's Woodland Retreat

Enjoy Christmas or New Year's Eve in a bespoke treehouse at Mallinson's Woodland Retreat.

If you're looking for somewhere completely different to spend Christmas or New Year's Eve, then why not book a break at Mallinson's? The treehouses set within West Dorset woodland really need to be seen to be believed!

Christmas for 5 nights commencing Friday 23rd December for two adults - £2475.00
New Year's Eve for 3 nights commencing Friday 30th December for two adults - £1485.00

Each treehouse is set within its own woodland clearing offering a peaceful treetop next away from those noisy gathering and endless reruns of TV specials! 

Mortons Manor

Mortons Manor in Corfe Castle creates the complete festive atmosphere for you to share with family and friends. You’ll be made to feel welcome as soon as you walk through the front door.

The 3 night Christmas break starts on Christmas Eve with a glass of fizz followed by dinner. Breakfast is included on all 3 mornings as well as Christmas Day lunch, and Boxing Day afternoon tea and 3 course dinner. Prices start at £1350 for two people, with a single occupancy rate of £1005.

The New Year breaks appeal to all ages, which, combined with log fires, comfy lounges, beautiful decorations, excellent award-winning food, friendly staff and breathtaking countryside walks, make for a really magical time.

New Year breaks include a Gala Dinner on New Years Eve (plus breakfast and dinner on other days) and are either for 2 nights (arriving 30th or 31st December) or 3 nights (arriving on 30th December). Prices start from £850 for 2 people or £700 for single occupancy.

Moonfleet Manor Hotel

Join the team at Moonfleet Manor near Weymouth this Christmas, Twixmas and New Year, for a fun packed festive family treat! There are a variety of packages between three and four nights to suit your requirements.

Their four night dinner-inclusive Christmas breaks start from £1910 for 2 adults or £2950 for a family of 4. The break begins on 23rd December and includes Christmas Day lunch, mulled wine, mince pies and entertainment for the whole family - there's even a cinema club showing Christmas movies and a gingerbread house making competition!

Recharge your batteries between Christmas and New Year with a three night dinner, bed and breakfast Twixmas package starting on 27th December, based upon two adults sharing a room from £1150 or a family of 4 from £1930.

At New Year, be a guest at Moonfleet's house party with a three night package priced from £1510 for two adults or £2290 for a family of four. The rate includes dinner, bed and breakfast, canapés and a glass of fizz on New Year’s Eve. There will be lots of family activities, first-class cuisine and entertainment on the evening of New Years Eve.

Parkdean Resorts Winter Wonderland at Christmas

At Warmwell Holiday Park, discover Parkdean Resorts Winter Wonderland during Christmas, Twixmas and New Year. Have a go at skiing, sledging or snow boarding on their dry ski slope, splash around in their indoor pool with flume and wave machine and get into the festive spirit. You can meet Father Christmas and his elves and reindeer, go ice-skating, see a live show or pantomime and go shopping at the Christmas Market.

4 Night Christmas self-catering breaks starting 23rd December are from £1168.

3 Night Twixmas self-catering breaks starting 27th December are from £749.

4 Night New Year self-catering breaks starting 30th December are from £1019.

St John's Guest House

Enjoy a festive getaway with St John's Guest House in Weymouth this December, buy 2 nights and get another night for free throughout December!

All festive bookings will include a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and a mince pie on arrival. Merry Christmas! 

Golden Acre Jurassic Coastal Lodges

Golden Acre are offering some wonderful coastal Christmas delight for you and your four-legged friends. Enjoy local beaches and delightful village pubs only a short stroll from your front door. Dogs stay for free and complementary fizz and festive goodies are waiting for your arrival! 

1 Dolphin Cottages

Stay in the heart of Lyme Regis at No. 1 Dolphin Cottages for a festive getaway. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade, or explore further along the South West Coast Path. Within easy reach of the beach and independent restaurants and shops.

Beautiful B&Bs

It's not just our big hotels and holiday parks who welcome guests during Christmas and New Year. Many of our B&Bs and guesthouses open their doors to travellers from far and wide, offering a comfortable and relaxing home from home over the festive period.

Cosy cottages and amazing apartments

If you'd like to opt for a self catering cottage, apartment or house to stay in during Christmas, Twixmas and New Year, we have a great selection to choose from. The beauty of going self-catering is you can be flexible with your plans and come and go as you please.

Let us entertain you!

There are many events taking place during the Christmas season. So, whether you want to visit Santa or be dazzled by twinkling lights, you'll have a great time in Dorset this winter.

The Pines Hotel

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Knoll House Hotel

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The Eastbury Hotel and Spa

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Mortons Manor

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Moonfleet Manor Hotel

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St John's Guest House

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