Meet our winter and festive guests
Spend a magical short break at Center Parcs during the winter months. There are lots of experiences to enjoy including Winter Wonderland and Winter Forest Lights. Get the whole family together and spend an unforgettable Christmas and New Year break at Center Parcs. See what our guests had to say about their Center Parcs winter break.
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Fantastic winter wonderland
@Possextown- December 2020, Whinfell Forest
"I visited CP for the first time last week (14th-18th) with my husband and 8 month baby, we stayed in apartment number 1 and we absolutely loved our stay.
Social distancing was not a problem at all as it was very quiet, on 2 occasions we were the only people in the winter wonderland.
We got the chance to book an extra swim slot which we took up, the pool was not busy and lovely and clean, the changing rooms were well managed and kept spotless.
Our visit to Santa was lovely, well worth the money, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the soft toy gift my son was given, I expected some plastic tat.
We only eat out twice, once in the pancake house and once in hucks, both places were fantastic and extremely well managed.
The main thing I noticed about CP was how friendly the staff are, I could not fault them one bit, the lovely elves in the wonderland were fun and friendly, and Santa was great, really impressed with them all.
All the staff in the restaurants were helpful and friendly, Michael who served us in Hucks was super, so friendly and was genuinely nice guy.
I was sad for all the families that were due to visit over Xmas that the parks have closed however I can only commend CP for putting the safety of their staff and guests first, I do hope all staff are looked after in these troubled times and hope the parks are up and running as soon as it’s safe.
Thank you Center Parcs, we have made lovely memories of our babies first Christmas, we will be back ☺️"
@LexM437- December 2020, Whinfell Forest
"Just returned from an amazing weeks holiday at Centre Parks, Whinfell! The site caters for everyone, was COVID secure and the staff were excellent. The Christmas lights and Panto were great and very professional, we can’t wait for next year already!"
Brilliant as usual
@214janeti- January 2020, Sherwood Forest
"Fabulous time again. Had Villa with own Sauna which was brilliant. Been here many many times Sorry can't fault it. Villa was spotless Housekeeping were brilliant I love coming here as it so relaxing. Great just after the hectic rush of Christmas"
Treehouse At New Year
@Pidge_Pooh- December 2019, Sherwood Forest
"Another fantastic stay at Sherwood! Stayed many times, usually in a hot tub lodge, second time in a tree house - and how fabulous it was too.
We were bowled over by the twinkling fairy lights at the entrance, and the stunning real fir Christmas tree by the fireside. The decorations were lovely and the extra gifts very generous - a huge fruit basket, big bars of chocolate, lots of wine, Prosecco, a big basket of treats, big bottle of single malt, along with nibbles and soft drinks in the fridge. They also put two big bags of ice in the freezer - all much appreciated and thoughtful.
Since our last treehouse stay, they have upgraded the showers, give you Elemis bathroom goodies, along with fluffy robes and slippers. It’s just stunning.
Every meal was fabulous, every member of staff very friendly and helpful.
Center Parcs is our family’s happy place - it’s just faultless to us!"
@Andarran- December 2019 Sherwood Forest
"What a wonderful, magical holiday! Sparkling lights, singing reindeer and a visit to Santa claus - what more could you ask at Christmas! Good food, great entertainment, and to top it all, we won the Christmas quiz! Magical memories to treasure!"
@Childs2212- December 2020, Longleat Forest
"Every single day I count my lucky stars that our break could go ahead as planned just before the closure of centre parcs due to covid. We had the most incredible time as a family and memories made that I will cherish forever. So many exciting activities were able to go ahead such as pony rides, panto, the swimming paradise, festive bike trail and of course the most important- the visit to santa!! All staff throughout our break were full of christmas spirit, (even the day the announced the closure) incredibly helpful and made sure we felt fully safe at all times with all the right precautions put in place for covid. However it was never mentioned by staff and the children would have known nothing of it, it never distracted from the magic of Christmas. The whole experience was incredible special and honestly saved our christmas! I am in a hurry now to convince my husband for next year's birthday/Christmas break."
Pre Christmas break
@H9405WDsteveg- December 2020, Longleat Forest
"In spite of the pandemic, we were fortunate to have our prebooked break away. The park had reduced capacity, adequate cleansing facilities and social distancing measures. The accommodation was lovely - clean and well maintained to a high standard.
The Christmas decorations were great and the light trail through the trees was well worth it."
@lynnr754- December 2020, Longleat Forest
"We had a wonderful pre Christmas break. The village was beautiful and the woodland light trail was a delight with some very festive music to accompany the light show. We felt very safe using the facilities and the restaurant takeaways were a great success. The highlight was santa of course which was enjoyed by the little ones. We can't wait for our next visit when hopefully the covid cloud will have been blown away. Thank you to all the staff for creating a magical break"
@D1502EHemmap - December 2020, Elveden Forest
"We booked with less than 24hr notice, after our Lapland break was cancelled.
The lodge was clean and spacious with everything you would need for a short 3 night break.
We came from Kesgrave so the journey was perfect, especially when travelling with two small boys.
We were able to book swimming pool sessions with ease, with lots of times available.
This I think was brilliant; the changing rooms were not filled with people. It felt very well controlled, and the teams were cleaning all the time. With sanitizer available every few metres throughout the park.
There were still lots of activities available. The kids participated in mini crossbows which they loved. And mini off-roaders. With all the rain before we arrived this provided a super muddy track, which made it even more fun for the boys.
We are out three times, and each time the tables were spaced apart, and the team were so nice. They were very attentive, and at the pancake house they had the order/pay by App service.
The Light show which replaced the fireworks, was a highlight! A wooded walk where lights and music come together! We must of lapped it 5 times!
We will definitely be coming back!
Thank you for a great break!
Emma and the boys xx"
Winter wonderland 2020
@Finlay75 - December 2020, Elveden Forest
"We had an amazing time. It’s so relaxing and feels like home. We love the familiarity of CP and my son is autistic and lives the pool. We managed to book all the restaurants and swimming slots we wanted. We had a great family game of interactive squash. My children aged 7 and 9 loved it and my hubby and I had great fun too. The light trail and the way the park is decorated is amazing and leaves you feeling very festive. The parks are well run and so quiet and relaxing."
@280louisep - December 2020, Elveden Forest
"We have just had an amazing time at Center Parcs for their Winter Wonderland break. They have done so well it felt so good to have a bit of normality during these times.
We have a 3 year old son and the whole experience is so magical for the children. They really go above and beyond. There is even a post box where the children post their letter to Santa and the next morning there was a reply hanging from the front door of our lodge.
We did lots of activities which we felt were very reasonably priced. They were really enjoyable and felt very safe.
The lodges are lovely and clean and it was so amazing to see all the woodland animals come so close.
We can’t wait to visit again."
Beautiful place, magical
@R2688BKzoel- December 2020, Woburn Forest
"Words cannot describe how beautiful and magical winter wonderland is at Woburn forest. I will be There every year now without fail. Santa is amazing. The children send a letter to Santa in his special North Pole letterbox, then a couple days later , you get a personalised one back. It is just beautiful . The Santa’s grotto and the enchanted light trail hVe to be our favourites, although, all the festive activities are just as good. the swimming is like you are really on a tropical island and the allocated time of two hours is just enough. All the Covid restrictions were in place and well thought out. See you next year Woburn."
Winter wonderland 2020! Amazing holiday away with my family
@Yvonnelouise12- December 2020, Woburn Forest
"We arrived on the Friday to be welcomed and directed to our lodge, clean, spacious and in a beautiful setting surrounded by woodland. We unpacked and took a walk around the magical paths that are lit up with beautiful festive lights. We had a meal at the sports cafe which was nice then ventured back to our lodge for some rest. We booked activities for the next couple of days which included pottery painting, climbing and baby owls. All amazing and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Santa was booked for the Sunday where the kids got to see Santa and received a lovely present each. We ate out at the Hucks American bar and grill on the Saturday night which was our favourite night! Food was amazing and service outstanding.
The swimming needed its own paragraph! The best part of this holiday for my kids was the swimming! Two pools aimed at toddlers (I have a 2 year old) and plenty of slides and a big pool for my eldest daughter (she’s 8). We all loved the outdoor rapids and my youngest was a big fan of the lazy river. Clean and lots of lockers and large changing rooms made it easy to get changed as a family. Staff were fab also! Covid meant that you couldn’t shower and had to book slots for the swimming but this didn’t cause a problem for us.
Perfect weekend break with my family and it’s put us in a lovely festive mood ready for Christmas!"
Find your perfect winter and festive break
Get ready for your break
Once you’ve booked your break at Center Parcs you can start to pre-book activities, make restaurant reservations and order essentials to your lodge online, allowing you to really make the most of your short break in the forest and ensure that you don't miss out.