Christmas and New Year Breaks in Dorset

You can truly relax on a Christmas, Twixmas or New Year break in Dorset for 2023.

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 £690 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 £122.00 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 £1245 for a three night dinner-inclusive package (based upon two adults sharing a room). 

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). Bed and breakfast rates also available.

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

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 a cream tea. Later enjoy wine tasting with their Master Sommelier followed by a gala dinner with champagne apéritif and wine pairing.

Christmas Day starts off with a Champagne breakfast and later a mouth-watering 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 2:30pm with the a traditional supper buffet later in the evening. Your stay will finish with breakfast on the 27th and then time to bid farewell.

Prices start from £3165 per room based on two people sharing. Single occupancy and children's rate are available on request.

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 £1239.

3 Night Twixmas self-catering breaks starting 27th December are from £648.

4 Night New Year self-catering breaks starting 29th or 30th December are from £899.

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 a gala dinner. Breakfast is included on all 3 mornings as well as Christmas Day lunch, and Boxing Day cream tea and dinner. Prices start at £1905 for two people, with a single occupancy rate of £1410.

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 £1070 for 2 people or £850 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 £2140 for 2 adults or £3520 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 pantomime, story-time with milk and cookies, family movies with popcorn, Santa's Grotto 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 £1251 or a family of 4 from £2052. Included in the package is a cream tea, tickets to Illuminate at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and a Christmas pantomime.

At New Year, be a guest at Moonfleet's house party with a three night package priced from £1701 for two adults or £2421 for a family of four. The rate includes dinner, bed and breakfast, and pre-dinner drinks and canapés on New Year’s Eve. There will be lots of family activities and first-class cuisine throughout your stay, plus music and casino tables on New Years Eve.

Pennsylvania Castle Estate

Pennsylvania Castle Estate invites you to join them during the festive period and book your Christmas Breaks.

Whether you’re seeking a spacious family rental for a Christmas Break or a secluded getaway to relax during the holidays, they offer a variety of options to help you create unforgettable memories.

The Pennsylvania Castle Estate is located on the Isle of Portland and includes Clifftops, Cove Lodge and Cove Holiday Park.

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

We are an independently run, 43 bedroom cliff top hotel, enjoying stunning, panoramic views of Swanage Bay with our...

Knoll House Hotel

You’ll find us at Studland Bay on the Isle of Purbeck, between Poole and Old Harry Rocks. Purbeck is a quiet...

Mortons Manor

Mortons Manor is a Grade II listed Elizabethan Manor House, sitting at the base of Corfe Castle steeped full of...

Moonfleet Manor Hotel

Moonfleet is a great big, friendly 37 bedroom Georgian Manor House, built a couple of hundred years ago for...

Cove Lodge

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Situated on the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site coast. Clifftops luxury lodges are within the grounds of...

Cove Holiday Park

Cove Park is a unique Dorset coastal park set in the grounds of Pennsylvania Castle Estate. Just next door to the...

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