Less than £200... Plan ahead for an atmospheric escape. Cresta has three nights in Bruges – home of one of Europe's best Christmas markets, from 23 Nov to 1 Jan – for £189pp. The price gets you B&B at the Brugge Centrum Hotel and Eurostar from London St Pancras on 16 Dec. Crestaholidays.co.uk

Less than £500... Inghams has added a new component to its ski packages for 2012/13: a bar tab of €150 for couples at the company's five "Chalet Hotels". As an example, a week at the Chalet Atlanta in Zermatt, with meals, bar tab and Monarch flights from Gatwick to Geneva on 8 Dec is £399pp.Inghams.co.uk

Less than £1,000... Go posh on a city break to Boston. Virgin Holidays is offering three nights at the Ames Hotel – one of its "VHip" properties – for £699pp, on a room-only basis with flights from Heathrow between 22 Oct and 11 Dec – including the Thanksgiving period, when the city will be at its festive best. Vhiphotels.co.uk

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