Twelve Days of Christmas, Day 9 - Christmas break

Center Parcs

Every year, just before or after Christmas, we go to Center Parcs. This is a whole lot of cabins in a forest, with a sub tropical swimming paradise, and restaurants, and no cars. We have been going since before the kids were born, and it's the place where Matt has learned the first bits of independence.

Center Parcs is all fenced in, and he knows his way around the sites so well that we can trust him to go for walks. This was actually the first place we trusted him to go out by himself.

This year we have Geocache, Pottery Painting, Swimming, Pool, Football, Ten Pin bowling ... so many things booked in. Not forgetting the three hour spa visit that I am so looking forward to.

At Christmas everything is lit up, and there is a fireworks display one evening. Everything is chilly and dark (the place isn't lit much after dark) so you feel like you are cosy in your cabin in the forest. Love it!

Do you have a special place you like to go on holiday or to have a short break?

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  1. When I was growing up we went to my Grand-dad's every Christmas, in Belen, New Mexico. He passed away in 1991 and I still miss going.

  2. I never get any time off so I'm always home for Christmas. Your holiday sounds wonderful. :-)

  3. One of the best presents I received was also my laptop, I don't know what I would do without ot.

  4. We used to visit my Aunt and Uncle at Christmas most years when I was young and in the summer too as they lived a couple of miles from the beach.