Center Parcs has today announced it will re-open Center Parcs Longford Forest from December 18 until January 3 to welcome families for festive short breaks.

Families wishing to get together over the festive period will receive 50% off the cost of their break, Center Parcs said.

Social distancing and safety measures will be in place to protect the guests and the company's 1,000 employees.

The company said its restaurants will be open for groups of up to six people and will also offer a full takeaway and delivery service for guests who want to dine in their lodge.

Center Parcs' Aqua Sana Spa will be open for treatments but in line with government guidance, its swimming pool will not reopen over the festive period.

Santa Claus will also be there in his Woodland Workshop to meet families in a socially distanced setting.

Longford Forest closed its doors in October after Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions were introduced nationwide. 

Center Parcs Longford Forest Village's director Daragh Feighery said that 2020 has been a really difficult year and people are looking forward to spending time with their loved ones over the festive period. 

"The team have been working hard to create a magical experience for our guests, as well as making sure all the latest safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe," he added.