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12 of the most unusual Christmas family holiday destinations

From white-sand beaches to monochrome hotels and the real deal in Finland, these amazing holidays all evoke a snowy spirit

Posted: 21 November 2013
by Catherine O'Dolan

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The Grand, Eastbourne

Affectionately known as “The White Palace”, The Grand takes on an even more majestic feel at Christmas. Children have their own festive buffet lunch in the Norfolk Room each day, and children’s high tea will be also served daily from 5:30pm. In the afternoon on Christmas Eve, there will be a Family General Knowledge Quiz, with a Fortnum & Mason hamper (filled with plenty of chocolate!) for the winner. The hours of Christmas Eve draw to a close with carols sung by the choir of St Mary’s in the Great Hall before Christmas Eve Dinner. On Christmas day, a hearty English breakfast is served, while children are greeted by one of Santa’s helpers who has a surprise for each one.

Following the presents, the nearby Bandstand presents a traditional family Christmas concert, and from there families can return to The Grand where children are invited to a Christmas Party with entertainment, games, party food and a visit from Santa, while adults have their own fun with Virtual Winter Sports on the big screen.. There are also goodies for all ages with mini-size robes and activity packs for tiny guests and free mocktails for teens. 

A Junior Suite from December 23–27 costs from £1,250 per adult, including meals, entertainment, and drinks receptions. Children aged 2–14 cost £35 per day, including breakfast, lunch, high tea and entertainment. Visit

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