With Christmas round the corner now’s the time to visit one of the fabulous Christmas markets around the country. And what better way to see them than to combine it with a stay at one of our pet-friendly hotels. We’ve selected the nearest of our hotels to the very best markets to make an ideal festive break – perfect if you and Fido don’t fancy the journey home after too many Christmas treats and tipples!
Chichester Christmas Market (December 3rd-11th 2016)
Pay a visit to Chichester’s Christmas market for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience. For nine days, over 50 stalls will be on display in the heart of the city with a superb range of handmade crafts and gifts. As well as the market, you can also visit some of the country’s best shops, cafes and restaurants in this beautiful city.
The White Horse (15-minute drive away): This stylish inn offers luxury accommodation as well as award-winning food and drink. Four-legged guests will receive their own welcome pack and map of local walks.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa (25-minute drive away): A stunning historic hotel – Bailiffscourt is only five minutes from Climping Beach and has over 30 acres of ground for your canine to roam around on.
Southbank Centre Winter Market (November 11th 2016-January 8th 2017)
Wander along London’s riverbank and discover Southbank’s Christmas Market. Visit its wooden chalets selling handmade crafts and gifts, and try some of the delicious festive food and drink on offer. A perfect way to enjoy the sights and sounds of London whilst getting into the Christmas spirit!
Rosewood (10-minute commute): This stunning Edwardian Grade II-listed building is one of the top luxury hotels in the capital. Only steps from Covent Garden, you and your pooch can take a stroll along the River Thames before retiring to your beautifully furnished room.
The Montague on the Gardens (19-minute commute): The four-star Montague on the Gardens is a beautiful Georgian townhouse in elegant Bloomsbury. A peaceful hideaway in the busy heart of the city that combines up-to-the-minute city sophistication with ample old-world charm.
Winterville Victoria Park (2016 dates TBC)
Head East this Christmas to the magical town of Winterville in Victoria Park. An alternative winter wonderland is hosted in the park featuring an outdoor ice rink, fairground, roller disco, horse drawn carriage rides – as well as a market filled with beautiful Christmas gifts and, festive food and drink.
Ace Hotel (13-minute drive away): Located in Shoreditch, this hotel is a fabulous base for hipster hounds and their owners. You’ll be able to explore the city’s more artsy scene and experience the nightlife of Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Hoxton.
Winter Wonderland Hyde Park (November 18th 2016-January 2nd 2017)
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is London’s most spectacular festive destination. With over 200 wooden chalets, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the selection of gorgeous handmade gifts and tasty Christmas treats available. Plus you can book tickets to all the attractions they have on offer including the UK’s largest ice rink, the Magical Ice Kingdom, Bar Ice and Santa Land.
The Milestone Hotel (16-minute walk): Ideal if you and your canine want to explore London’s many iconic attractions – The Milestone Hotel is an English country mansion set in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and is only moments away from renowned stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Hotel 41 (10-minute drive away): This five-star boutique hotel is luxury at its best in the heart of London, and only a short stroll away is Hyde Park where your canine friend will be delighted with the expansive space to frolic and play.
The Rubens at the Palace (10-minute drive away): Lying at the heart of London’s biggest tourist attractions – The Rubens at the Palace is a majestic 4 star hotel with the Royal Parks on your doorstep.
The Chesterfield Mayfair (20-minute walk): A luxury hotel that epitomises Mayfair chic and traditional British old-world charm – The Chesterfield will allow you and your pooch to easily explore central London.
Oxford Christmas Market (December 8th-18th 2016)
Kick start the festive season with a visit to Oxford Christmas Market. Located on Broad Street in the centre of the city – Oxford’s Christmas Market will have over 50 stalls selling beautiful gifts and delicious seasonal delicacies, and there will also be a range of entertainment on each day from singing to dance performances.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (27-minute drive away): A beautiful, grand old house in the picturesque village of Great Milton, this dog-friendly hotel has it all – impeccable service, magnificent rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Water Meadow Cottage (25-minute drive away): Nestled amongst Oxfordshire woodland, this 200 year old hunting lodge is perfect for those wanting a taste of traditional English country living.
Edinburgh Christmas Market (November 18th 2016-January 8th 2017)
A real season spectacular – Edinburgh’s Christmas market is six-weeks of festive entertainment that takes place in St Andrew’s Square and East Princes Street Gardens. As well as market stalls, there are rides, shows, ice skating rinks, a Santa Land and the chance to book a Christmas night out.
G&V Royal Mile Hotel (7-minute walk): This boutique hotel is set in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic centre – the perfect base for you and your pooch to explore the city and enjoy the Christmas market.
B+B Edinburgh (20-minute walk): Located in the fashionable district of Edinburgh’s West End Village – B+B Edinburgh is stylish and comfortable with stunning views over Scotland’s capital city.
Bath Christmas Market (November 24th-December 11th 2016)
For 18 days, the areas between Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths are transformed into a magical festive shopping wonderland. With more than 170 wooden chalets lining the streets, you can purchase anything from handmade decorations and toys, to delicious food and festive tipples.
Abbey Hotel (2-minute walk): Situated in the centre of the city of Bath, this trendy dog-friendly hotel is super popular and near to some of the best city parks.
Woolley Grange (20-minute drive away): Located just outside Bradford on Avon, this beautiful Jacobean manor house has 14 acres of grounds for your pooch to run around.
Winchester Christmas Market (November 18th-December 20th 2016)
Recognised as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe – the unique location of Winchester’s Christmas Market – the Winchester Cathedral – really sets it apart from others. Pretty wooden chalets with food, drink and handmade gifts and decorations surround an open-air ice rink in the Cathedral’s historic close.
The King’s Head (14-minute drive away): This Georgian coaching inn is ideal if you’re looking to unwind with your pet after some Christmas shopping. We recommend enjoying lots of walks round the New Forest!
Lainston House (19-minute drive away): Situated in 63 acres of beautiful Hampshire parkland, Lainston House is perfect for those wanting a weekend taste of country manor living
Remember when you book with PetsPyjamas you’ll receive a free personalised Travel Kit for your dog, plus PetPoints to spend on pet accessories or future bookings. Explore all our dog-friendly hotels and cottages, or give our expert Pet Concierge Team a call now on 0203 642 3162.