Planning a family break over the Christmas period can be chaotic. After all, it is the busiest time of the year! If you want to avoid turning into a real-life version of the movie Home Alone, these tips will help you to organise the whole troop smoothly.

Be Realistic

 5 TIPS FOR PLANNING THE PERFECT FAMILY CHRISTMAS BREAKBefore booking your getaway, there are a number of factors to take into account. Choosing a convenient and easily accessible location is paramount. If there are family members travelling from different parts of the country to enjoy your festive gathering, booking a hotel that is central to everyone will ease the long distance burden. Due to the cold weather, a resort near good transport links will also ensure everyone’s safe arrival.

Book In Advance

The holiday period is peak season in the hospitality industry. From hosting dinner dances and office parties to Christmas weddings and everything in-between, room availability can be scarce. It is best to book early if you are travelling with a larger group and to nab any special offers that may be on promotion.

Pack The Essentials

Short hotel breaks in Ireland can only mean one thing – you need to prepare for every eventuality! Besides packing the mandatory essentials, rain gear and woollies are a must. Plus, it’s guaranteed the kids will want to bring their new gadgets and toys given the time of year.

Research Amenities & Local Activities

Travelling with kids can be super stressful. Add bad weather to the mix and it may just drive you bonkers. Ensuring they are kept entertained throughout your trip will be your number one priority. Before booking your hotel in Ireland, research the indoor facilities available for children. Is there a leisure club onsite? Is there a babysitting service, cinema room or kids camp? Many family-oriented hotels will offer all these amenities and more.

Choose A Home From Home

There’s no place like home – especially at Christmas. Holidaying away from home over Christmas and the New Year can be daunting. But, a hotel with a warm and inviting family atmosphere can add an extra sprinkle of festive magic to your stay. You will have zero worries about cleaning up or entertaining guests, meaning you can truly relax and enjoy each moment with your nearest and dearest. Alternatively, you could opt for a self catering break in Ireland which would give that real ‘home from home’ feel but with the added bonus of  an exciting family break over the festive season.