For a magical Yuletide season, why not gift yourself a trip to Guernsey? This charming island in the English Channel is a lovely destination at any time of the year, but Christmastime is when it truly shines. Throughout the month of December, the streets are filled with the sights and sounds of the season – shimmering lights, bustling markets and carollers’ songs are just the beginning. Experience all the holiday cheer for yourself – and perhaps create a new Christmas tradition while you’re at it.
A Magical Market
Market Square, located in the historic St. Peter Port, comes alive with the Christmas spirit during December. The stalls here feature an array of wares ranging from handmade soaps, jewellery, prints and plates to books, watches, costumes and cushions. Often locally-made, these items make fantastic gifts.
Light Up Your Life
The Christmas officially begins when Santa Claus makes a visit to St. Peter Port. After collecting letters from children, he illuminates the surrounding area by turning on the gleaming, glittering lights that adorn the streets. However, his most important job is to switch on the aptly-named Tree of Joy. No matter how old you are, this magical Guernsey tradition is not one to be missed.
Prestige Prefers: The best way to experience the full effect of these beautiful festive lights is to take a Christmas light tour on Le Petit Train.
Where to Stay
The Old Government House, once the home to the Governor of Guernsey, opened its doors as a hotel in 1858 and has been welcoming guests ever since. It is the ideal blend of beautifully historic and comfortably modern, making it the perfect place to make the most of the festive season. To top it all off, the OGH is stylish and centrally located in the heart of St. Peter Port, meaning all the fun Guernsey has to offer is right on your doorstep. A stay here will have you feeling relaxed and pampered – the ideal Christmas present to yourself.
Step into the past in the piano lobby as you gaze upon prints of old maps and antique posters of steam ships and sea voyages, or meander through the hotel and find the glittering, pure crystal Murano glass chandeliers that still hang from the ceiling. Shake off the stress of the holidays with a treatment from the spa or a dip in the heated outdoor pool; give your taste buds the gift of indulgence at one of the many restaurants; or have a drink over a game of chess in the Sir John Coward lounge.