PUBLISHED: 16:23 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:18 30 August 2017

Fistral Beach. Picture by Martin Abegglen (CCBY-SA2.0)

Fistral Beach. Picture by Martin Abegglen (CCBY-SA2.0)

Padstow and Newquay among the top ten most popular UK getaways for the Christmas holidays

New data from a leading travel website reveals the ten most popular places to spend the Christmas holidays in the UK. The list features Padstow and Newquay alongside both long-favoured locations and more unexpected spots, according to .

Booking activity from the holiday website, which is owned by travel giant TripAdvisor, shows that travellers are not only celebrating the season in bustling locales like Edinburgh and London, but also in coastal destinations like Padstow, Whitby, Newquay, Filey, and Scarborough.

Saskia Welman, spokesperson for, said that travellers are choosing a mix of big cities and smaller idylls for their festive break.

“We’re not surprised to see Edinburgh take the top spot on this list, because it offers so many exciting attractions dedicated to celebrating and spreading the holiday spirit,” Saskia said.

“But it’s interesting to see seaside resort locations like Padstow appear alongside major hubs like London. Thanks to events like the Padstow Christmas Festival, travellers are discovering that this charming village is a festive setting to toast the season.”

As demand for holiday lettings rises in and around Padstow, Saskia added that local homeowners can benefit from the influx of visitors by renting out their homes or spare rooms.

“We know that travellers appreciate the extra space and facilities that a holiday rental provides, especially over the Christmas season,” explained Saskia.

“Registering with us is an easy way to capitalise on holiday travel trends and make extra money for your own festive celebrations. Best of all, listing your home is completely free!”

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The 10 most popular UK destinations for the 2016 Christmas holidays:

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. Tattershall, Lincolnshire
  3. London, England
  4. Whitby, North Yorkshire
  5. York, North Yorkshire
  6. Newquay, Cornwall
  7. Aviemore, Scotland
  8. Filey, North Yorkshire
  9. Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  10. Padstow, Cornwall

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