During winter, Guernsey might as well be the set of a Christmas movie. The island gets cozy, with charming villages and historic sites wrapped in a cozy mist.
Even the coastal beauty takes on a serene quality, with dramatic cliffs looking over the sea. So, grab your hot cocoa and your cozy socks, you’re about to see how you can enjoy an unforgettable staycation in Guernsey!
Enjoy the Decorations (Fit for Santa)
During winter, Guernsey at night is always dressed up, waiting for that unexpected visit from St. Nick. If you want to meet Santa himself, head to Sark on December16th to see him turn on the famous Christmas lights. Wandering beneath the twinkling lights will spark Christmas joy into even the crankiest Scrooge in your family.
If you want to take the fun home with you for your Christmas staycation, get into the mood and decorate your own home!
A few lights, ornaments, and garlands can go an incredibly long way!
Whether you want to be part of the decorations or just wander and enjoy, make sure you don’t miss out on the amazing Christmas lights. This is an amazing compliment to your Guernsey Christmas staycation!
Visit the Guernsey Christmas Markets
The Islands of Guernsey host several traditional Christmas markets that are worth a visit. Plan some time during your staycation to wander into town for the markets, some of which open as early as late November!
These Christmas markets will have you feeling like you wandered into a Hallmark movie. With dozens of booths, everything from festive food and drink to artisan crafts and handmade gifts are available. Cozy up to your favorite people, enjoy a good wander, and some shopping, if you so choose!
Chow Down on Local Cuisine
Your waistline knows that Christmas is the time for delicious cooking and enjoying decadent meals with family and friends!
Embrace it during your Christmas staycation, by preparing traditional Guernsey dishes at home. Consider whipping up Guernsey Gâche (a fruit loaf), seafood chowder, or potato pie using only-the-best local ingredients. Fill your home with family, friends, and food to chow down this holiday! (And remember: if you cooked, someone else should be cleaning!)
If you don’t feel like cooking at home, don’t worry – you can take your staycation to a local restaurant and enjoy the same flavors there. Many restaurants change their menus to embrace the season, with full roasted turkeys and seasonal hot soups to fit everyone’s needs.
Skate Your Troubles Away
Yes! Embrace the chilly weather, strap on some ice skates, and visit the Guernsey ice skating rink!
The rink promises not only fun ice skating, but also high Christmas vibes at Le Friquet Garden Centre. The whole place is decked out for Christmas, including a Christmas tree in the middle of the rink you can skate around!
Once you’re done with your skating, grab a cup of hot chocolate and some warm snacks.
Hot tip: if you’ve got little ones, make sure you reserve them a skate aid in advance, so they don’t end up flopping around like a baby penguin 😉
Experience the Islands’ Christmas Traditions
The Islands of Guernsey have lots of beloved Christmas traditions that are magical. If you want to get in on all that cheer, use your Guernsey Christmas staycation to check out some of the events below:
Guernsey Christmas Tractor Run: if you’re around on December 17th, go visit this unique event!
You’ll see tractors decked out in their best fairy lights, parading around the island to spread cheer. Spend part of your vacation taking in the lights and cheering on these tractors, as they spread the Christmas spirit around the islands.
The St Peter Port Polar Express: during your Christmas staycation in Guernsey, the “Petit Train” will temporarily be transformed into the Polar Express!
Throw on your best Christmas Pyjamas and catch the train, where you’ll take in the lights and decor from the comfort of the train. At the end of the ride, stick around to make your own Christmas decorations to bring the fun home with you!
Christmas Day Polar Bear Swim: this one isn’t for everyone, but if you’re struggling to wake up on Christmas day, it could be good to add to your list of Guernsey staycation Christmas ideas. If you can brave the cold, head to the Bathing Pools on Christmas morning for a chilly swim!
The event normally runs from 9:30 to 10:30 and is open to all ages, promising a festive atmosphere.
Take a Wonderful Winter Walk: since Guernsey boasts a milder climate, you can bundle up and still enjoy the great outdoors during your Christmas staycation.
Plan a stroll along the coast, taking in the gorgeous views, or just wander down the winding country lanes. You can find something for the whole family! It’s a good way to get out of the house (a little bit) during your staycation.
Remember, the key to an amazing staycation is to immerse yourself in the experience and dive into everything available right at your doorstep.
From the twinkling Christmas lights, winter activities, and spectacular views, Guernsey is simply dripping in Christmas cheer. In Guernsey, there is no shortage of activities to do around Christmas!
With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can enjoy a festive and memorable Christmas staycation in Guernsey, without breaking the bank.
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