It's the most wonderful time of the year, and a period where we all want to enjoy quality time with our nearest and dearest, whether that's one person, a whole group of people or quiet time with our four-legged friends.

While Christmas is associated with merriment and plenty of food and drink, the washing up and tidying up can certainly get in the way of the bits we enjoy the most. For that reason (amongst many others), lots of people choose to hand over the hard work to the pros and head away to a hotel for the holiday season, celebrating in style and letting someone else do the cooking for a change.

The nation's hotels and pubs-with-rooms are masters at welcoming you to relax and unwind in convivial style, tucking into traditional fare, exchanging gifts and enjoying the merriment with loved ones in every corner of the country.

Offerings range from two to three days of food and entertainment, with details including options to join carol services, enjoy Christmas Eve buffets, Christmas Day mimosas, lunches, brunches, festive walks, and event gifts from Santa himself. Lots of destinations continue the celebrations with Boxing Day traditions, from games, quizzes and entertainment to even more food and drink including afternoon teas and hot toddies.

You might like it so much you continue the merriment and stay for New Year as well!