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Five under £50, 23 Dec

Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less

For most people, the holiday season is now in full swing -- a time for eating, giving, eating, receiving, eating, bickering with siblings and, perhaps, eating just a little bit more. Of course, one of the annual quandaries is what to do on those days between Christmas and New Year. You could always open another bottle, fire up a James Bond film and carry on filling your face with turkey. Alternatively, you could gather up the troops and head off to a festive family show. “The Nutcracker”, which returns to the London Coliseum on Boxing Day and 27 December, has discounted tickets by up to 70% -- best-available seats in the Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle are now available for £20.

Perhaps you’re already way beyond that, thinking about the January sales? Well, if you’re heading into central London, prepare for a battle -- everyone’s after a bargain this year. What better way to reward yourself for that hard work than with some bubbly and gourmet nibbles? For £18, Travelzoo subscribers can get two glasses of champagne matched with two gourmet tartines at French Bubbles’ pop-up champagne bar in Covent Garden. Just one caveat here -- no champagne until after the shopping, OK?

For the equivalent of £34 per person, per night, this deal at Budapest’s 4-star Hotel Regnum Residence is hard to top right now. For half the usual price, you get accommodation in a suite, breakfast, welcome drinks on arrival, tickets for a Cityrama sightseeing tour and tickets for the 16th-century Király Thermal Baths next to the hotel. There’s a 2-night minimum stay, but then, you’ll need plenty of time if you’re going to make use of those freebies.

Bondi Beach, Waikiki, Fistral Bay and now…Milton Ernest. That’s right, surfing (or flowboarding to be exact) has come to Bedfordshire, and with this offer from Virgin Experience Days, Travelzoo subscribers can save over 50% on an introductory class. For £17 per person instead of the usual £40, you get an hour of action on this indoor surfing simulator. Wetsuits are provided and no previous experience is required.

Random things we know about Copenhagen: It’s the capital of Denmark, it’s home to 1.2 million people and a Little Mermaid (a statue, not a real one) and it’s the birthplace of supermodel Helena Christensen. Thankfully, we have something new to add to that list: You can now fly return to this beautiful city from London Stansted for £36, with easyJet. We found great availability during January using Fly.com -- click here to see some of the best fares.

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Rory

Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 22 December 2011
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