Christmas & New Year Breaks in Essex

Christmas and New Year are all about celebrating, unwinding and putting your feet up. Whether you’re after a romantic break, spending time with the family or celebrating with friends, what better way to end the year than with a relaxing getaway.

Here are some of the best places in Essex that are offering special Christmas and New Year breaks. Remember to secure your booking early!


Spending Christmas at Wivenhoe House is a truly magical experience. Soak up the festive atmosphere without having to worry about cooking or cleaning up after your Christmas feast. You can relax and enjoy the holiday without any of the stress that comes with hosting.

With our three night package you can escape to Wivenhoe House this Christmas and make full use of our beautiful hotel and grounds.

Christmas Eve

  • From 3pm arrive at your leisure and check into your bedroom
  • From 6pm carol singing, prosecco & canapes
  • From 7pm Three-course dinner in the Brasserie
  • From 10pm Those wishing to attend Midnight Mass can ask our team for a list of local churches holding a service.

Christmas Day

  • 8am-10am A relaxed full English breakfast to be served with a glass of bucks fizz
  • Morning The most important time of the day – present unwrapping!
  • From 12pm A five-course lunch is served
  • Afternoon Pick up a map from reception and take a walk around the magnificent parkland and surrounding countryside, or, settle in for some Christmas TV.
  • Evening Plates of cold meats and other treats will be served to you, before our evening silent quiz

Boxing Day

  • Morning A full English breakfast is served
  • Afternoon Snuggle down with a screening of a Christmas film served with tea & cake
  • Evening Join us for a three-course meal with live entertainment from vocalist Stacey Collins in our garden suite


  • Classic £993
  • Superior £1,042
  • Deluxe £1,240
  • Luxury £1,323

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Christmas Stay at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

3-night Christmas Break

  • Three-night stay in a contemporary Club room
  • Mulled wine, festive treats and Christmas entertainment on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day Lunch
  • Dinner on each night of your stay, including a buffet menu on Christmas Day
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Festive entertainment throughout your stay
  • Complimentary use of the poolside facilities at Peake Spa at set times

From £435.00per person

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Christmas Break at Waldegraves Family Holiday Park

Christmas Break

Take the stress and strain out of Christmas this year and escape to beautiful Mersea Island with a stay at Waldegraves Holiday Park! Throughout the festive season, there will be a range of great entertainment on offer to our guests! We only take telephone bookings for festive breaks.

23rd – 27th December 2023

4 nights from £409 per holiday home

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Three Day Residential Package at Down Hall

A roaring fire, cosy luxurious bedrooms and uninterrupted views of the beautiful Essex countryside makes Down Hall the perfect destination for a Christmas break.

Our three day package includes everything you need to create a magical Christmas leaving you to relax and unwind.

From £1050 per Adult* and £525 per Child (12 years and under)

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The Cricketers Clavering


Make this year’s festive season memorable with our two- or three-night Christmas Stay package. Arrive to a festive welcome drink, check in to a cosy room and settle in for the celebration.

Included in the two-night package:

  • Two night stay
  • Christmas Eve supper​
  • Christmas morning breakfast with fizz
  • Christmas Day lunch
  • A hamper of goodies on Christmas night
  • Boxing Day breakfast
  • Mulled wine on arrival
  • A Christmas gift

The three-night Christmas Stay package includes an additional room night on the 23rd or 26th of December. Plus, an additional dinner and breakfast.

Prices for our two-night package start from £593 and £790 for our three-night package.

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from 24th December 2023

A time for festive cheer, heaps of great food and celebrations with loved ones. Within the heart of historic Colchester, we have put together an exclusive 2 or 3-night package crafted with some festive magic that will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

from £259.50 per person

Fine out more here.

Places to Stay in Essex

Blackbrook Lodges | Essex

Blackbrook Stud Farm, Ivy Lodge Road, Great Horkesley, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4EN

The PitStop | Boutique Hotel in Essex

The PitStop, The Morgan Garage, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7RA

Waldegraves Holiday Park | Essex

Waldegraves Holiday Park, Waldegraves lane, Colchester, Essex, CO5 8SE

Suenos Guesthouse | Essex

Suenos Guesthouse, 184 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 3AA

Talliston House & Gardens | Essex

Talliston House & Gardens, Newton Green, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DU

Little Easton Manor | Essex

Park Road, Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2JN

Silver Surf Camper Hire | Essex

Unit 4, Woodgates Farm, Broxted, Essex, CM6 2BN

The Limes Hotel Maldon | Essex

21 Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ

Channels Estate Hotel | Essex

Channels Hotel, Pratts Farm Lane East, Chelmsford , Essex, CM3 3PT

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