Christmas and New Year's Eve - What to expect

A child and his parents take part in the Festive Treasure Trail.

16 January 2023

Christmas and New Year's Eve - What to expect

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As we’re open 365 days a year, Center Parcs is a great place to celebrate your Christmas or New Year’s Eve! We have a range of breaks available including three, four, seven or eight nights between the 24th December and 2nd January. There’s something for the whole family to explore in the magical forest!


Christmas Eve

Looking for an escape this Christmas? Begin the festivities with a magical visit from Santa and his elves on Christmas Eve before he sets off into the night sky!

Our Winter Wonderland will be running until Monday 2nd January along with all our festive offerings. To find out more information head to our Winter Wonderland post!

Santa’s Woodland Village is free to enter and includes lots of wonderful sights including Toadstools, playful elves and much more! Little ones love our singing reindeer! Worked up an appetite with all that walking? Head down to our Forest Festive Fayre where you can find lots of tasty treats and warm up with a hot drink! Get a sneak peak of the elves making toys ready to deliver on the big day… Take a photo with Santa and create memories to look back on in years to come!

Gaze up at the twinkling lights accompanied by captivating festive tunes at our Enchanted Light Garden! It’s free to enter and is suitable for all ages!

Ready to wind down? Nestle down for the night in one of our cosy lodges, don’t forget to pre-order or pick up our smokeless logs for the fire! You can even turn your lodge into a grotto with our Christmas Tree, Lights and Decorations Pack!


On the day itself…

We know that everyone celebrates Christmas Day differently, so whichever way you do Christmas, we have something special for everyone here at Center Parcs.

Wake up on Christmas morning surrounded by your loved ones in a beautiful forest setting and start Christmas your way. Head to one of our restaurants for a tasty festive lunch or if you’d prefer to cook a traditional turkey dinner, our lodges are fully equipped with cooking facilities.

In the evening why not curl up for a festive film or get everyone together for a board game? Our lodges are designed to bring families together.


Boxing Day

On Boxing Day, you can head out for a walk in the forest or enjoy one of our activities! It’s the perfect opportunity to burn off some of that turkey dinner! From cycling to our indoor climbing walls, there’s lots of ways to keep active!


New Year’s Eve

Ring in the new year with a difference this year and start 2024 surrounded by your loved ones in the forest! Looking to bring the whole family together? Celebrate larger than life with our 6 bed lodges – there’s plenty of room for everyone or for something with a little luxury book a hot tub lodge or Treehouse!


Make it special…

Our Sports Café is the place to be at New Year’s Eve with our NYE Family Party! Celebrate the right way with live music, a 3-course meal and children’s buffet that the little ones can enjoy!


New Year’s Day

Join in with the Center Parcs tradition with our First Mile of the New Year. Bring the whole family along as you walk, run or jog around the forest. Bring out your competitive side… there are prizes and certificates up for grabs!

Build traditions, try new things and overcome fears with our huge range of activities. Break out of your comfort zone and create lasting memories with the whole family! From our Aerial Adventure to Junior Quads, push yourself to the limit & get that adrenaline pumping! Not forgetting our Subtropical Swimming Paradise which is open daily from 10am-9pm so there’s plenty of time for you to start the year off with a New Year’s swim!


Book with us and discover the magic of a Christmas and New Year’s Break at Center Parcs for yourself!

A little girl smiles as she meets Santa and one of his elves
A girl and her dad making toys at the Toy Making Workshop
A family of 3 smile as they walk through twinkling lights in the forest. The little girl sits on her dad's shoulders.
A family laugh together at the Forest Fayre. Dad has whipped cream on his nose!

Alex Newborough

As a marketing assistant at Center Parcs, I love hearing all about guest’s experiences and sharing tips and tricks on how to make your break special!

Marketing Assistant Alex smiling at camera.