Snow in France

Bag a bargain on a pre-Christmas break

While Christmas preparations may be well underway, there’s still time for a quick break before the festivities go full swing. Whether you have a day or a whole week, we’ve picked out some of our favourite winter events that you can easily escape to – not to mention some great deals on your ferry crossing. Go exploring through snow-nipped vineyards, try tasty treats and ice skating at Europe’s best Christmas markets, or simply kick back and relax for an all-inclusive treat on our festive minicruise – you may even get some festive shopping in while you’re at it. Read on for our top tips and discounts for a cheap pre-Christmas break.

Free wine day trip

Free wine day trip P&O Ferries
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Perfect for the party planners out there, here’s a holiday with a practical twist. If you book a day trip before 10th December, you can receive six bottles of red or white Banrock Station wine for free. With festive drinks in the bag, why not book an early crossing to the continent and go on a food quest to the region of Brie? The 3h15min drive past beautiful scenery is almost as glorious as the cheese itself, and you’ll find plenty of local suppliers in the area – so you can return home with your party table, and stories, sorted.

France from £35 return

Lille Christmas market
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Book now and you can get a return day trip from Dover to Calais for as little as £35 return! Get swept away by the bright lights of Northern France’s oldest and biggest Christmas market in Lille, a 75-minute drive from the port. The whole family will love ice skating on the luminous rink and sampling warming mugs of hot chocolate under the market’s giant tree. And of course, you can even get all of your Christmas shopping done while you’re there.

£15 back on fuel

Winter vineyards in France
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If you’d rather take your time with a long break of five days or more, simply book your Dover to Calais crossing by 20th December and we’ll give you £15 back on your fuel. From there, you can decide where your travels take you – why not explore the Habits de Lumiere in Epernay, Champagne’s three-day festival of sparkling installations, diverse cultural events and local food? You can even pick up a bottle or two of the finest bubbly right from its source.

Magic of Christmas minicruise

Bruges Christmas market
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Get into the mood for the holiday season with a last minute escape to Bruges. With the UK’s number one Michael Bublé tribute act and the irrepressible Rat Pack, you can groove to smooth blues all through the overnight passage to one of the world’s most festive cities. Wake refreshed in your ensuite cabin for a whole day exploring the wonders of Bruges Christmas Market. And when you’ve finally chosen which special treats to bring home, head back to port for another night of Yuletide fun. But be quick – the ship departs from Hull on 5th December.

Ready to go? Browse all of our current P&O Ferries discount codes and other offers.