Give the gift of family time this Christmas

New research reveals 1.5 million of us will be seeing our immediate family for the first time this year at Christmas. Are you getting enough family time?

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New Center Parcs research has revealed that, although 90% of people said they like spending time with their families, more than a third of us (38%) say it’s just too difficult to regularly meet up.

From bust diaries to travelling distance getting in the way of quality family time, Christmas seems to be the one time of year we’re willing to make the extra effort. But a break at Center Parcs is the perfect opportunity to get together at any time…

Can Christmas be hassle-free? 

Of those surveyed, 41% said they didn’t want to host Christmas due to the lack of space in their home and the stress and effort involved. The great news is, at Center Parcs you don’t need to worry about cooking or washing up; you can dine in some of our restaurants for a Christmas Day lunch or carvery.

Why not spend the day relaxing, rather than running round after the family. Struggling on where to eat? Take a look at this handy guide for all things food at Center Parcs.

Space for all

Lack of space was another issue cited – 13% have a family stay in a nearby hotel over Christmas.

Sleeping up to eight people, our luxury lodges and Treehouses with open-plan living areas, are the perfect place to host your family together, while also giving you space to unwind to after a busy day. Want to bring the whole family along? No problem. You can have more than one lodge, or try our 6-bedroom Woodland Lodge at Sherwood Forest.

Plan ahead 

Between wrapping gifts and stocking up on fizz, there’s so much to do at Christmas. Our research showed planning starts as early as 19 August and can be locked in place a whole two months before.

So plan ahead, that’s fine! You can book a Center Parcs break up until April 2019 and with our new website you can invite your guests to the booking so they can book their own activities and restaurants, as well as view the break itinerary.

Live far from family?

With five villages across the UK, we’re sure there’s one village you can meet family half way, so you don’t have to make such a long journey in all the Christmas traffic.

And with a mixture of break durations over weekends or the midweek, there’s plenty of opportunity to get together all year round. Three nights could be the perfect way to spend quality time together and what better way than at Winter Wonderland?

Want to spend more time together?

It’s important that time spent together as a family is quality time, which psychologist Emma Kenny says can be improved by seeing each other more frequently. She says: “families who see each other little and often are more likely to have less tension among each other than those who only see each other on special occasions”.

So don’t feel that you have to get together just at Christmas, we offer breaks all year round including February half term, May half term and summer. So whether you come with little ones or the grandparents, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy.

Book now for hassle-free family time at Center Parcs.

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Amy Dickson

As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.