It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas. And with the dark nights cutting in, it can be hard to keep the kids entertained in the build-up to the big day. To help you and your little ones get into the festive spirit, we’ve rounded up our top picks for Christmas activities for December 2018. From festive tea parties to magical train rides, these activities guarantee smiles all around.
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Tea with Father Christmas, Lake District
If there’s anything better than a tea party, it’s one where Santa Claus is invited too! This year, the festive folks at The World of Beatrix Potter are swapping out their famous Peter Rabbit Tea Parties for a Father Christmas Tea Party! With a Christmassy showing of The Tailor of Gloucester, a delicious party lunch, presents - and even the chance to meet Father Christmas himself - it’s a truly magical afternoon. Better yet, tickets also include entry to The World of Beatrix Potter attraction!
Running from the 15th to the 23rd December for children aged 3 and over, the Father Christmas Tea Party takes place at 1pm every day in the English Tea Garden in The Laundrama, opposite The World of Beatrix Potter. Children’s tickets are £15, with adults at £20 – book yours today to avoid disappointment!
Image courtesy of The World of Beatrix Potter
Christmas Owl Show, Wales
Do you want to do something different this year as part of your Christmas celebrations? If you’re looking for a unique festive activity to keep you and the kids out of trouble, the National Botanic Garden of Wales Christmas owl display is just the ticket. Little ones and grown-ups alike will be amazed. There are festive music and games on offer too, and you can even meet Santa Owl. It’s guaranteed to be a hoot!
You can watch in wonder every day at 1 pm from 5th-23rd December. The Owl Shows will take place in the marquee and cost an additional £3.50 per person with free parking. Visit the garden’s website to find out more and to book.
Image courtesy of Tim Jones and the National Botanic Garden of Wales
The Santa Train, Cornwall
If riding a magical steam train to Santa’s Grotto sounds like something your kids would enjoy, they’ll love Lappa Valley’s Santa Trains! Starting with a festive steam train ride into Lappa Valley’s leisure park, the Santa Train event includes a return train journey, a visit to Santa’s Grotto (and a specially selected present!), while mum and dad will be greeted with warm mince pies and mulled wine. As well as meeting Santa, there are plenty of other Yuletide activities taking place, including live entertainment, balloon making and Christmas card colouring.
Located just outside of Newquay, Lappa Valley offers plenty to see and do, with woodland walks, a toddler’s maze, children’s play area and even a miniature railway to ride through the woods. Running on selected dates throughout December, tickets for the Santa Train are £12.95 per person – find out more and book yours today.
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Christmas at Beamish, County Durham
Beamish is a magical day out at any time of the year, however, when it comes to Christmas, they pull out all the stops. Kids will love stepping back in time and exploring the sights and sounds of this open-air museum. As well as all of the museum’s regular attractions, little ones can also enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto where they’ll get to meet Santa, receive a gift, feed his reindeer and enjoy a hot chocolate while trying out some arts and crafts. If that wasn’t enough excitement, a spin around the ice rink is sure to get them feeling festive. Don’t forget to stop off at the Beamish Bazaar to pick up some charming last minute gifts.
Open from 10am-4pm from the 17th November through to the 24th December 2018, Beamish is home to a whole host of activities. General admission gives you access to the whole museum, with more to see and do than you’ll ever be able to squeeze into one day, while tickets to Santa’s Grotto are an additional £5. Explore the range of festive events on offer and book your tickets over at the Beamish website.
Image courtesy of Beamish Museum
Scottish Santa, Pitlochry
For a taste of tradition with a Scottish twist, a visit to Blair Castle is a must. Situated on the edge of Cairngorms National Park, this majestic white castle has stood for over 700 years. It’s also a great chance for your kids to bring history lessons to life, with the castle having hosted some of Britain’s most famous figures, including Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria. On selected dates in December, the castle will host a bagpipe-playing Santa where little ones can tell Santa what’s on their wish list and receive an early gift. As well as Santa’s Grotto, the castle will also be open for a Christmas themed Sunday lunch in their beautifully decorated ballroom. With a delicious festive menu, including a special kid’s menu, it’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
While the castle is closed to the public during the winter, it reopens its doors on the 9th and 16th of December for Christmas lunch and Santa’s Grotto – making for an extra special visit. Tickets to Santa’s Grotto are £10, while Christmas lunch starts from £10 for children and £22 for adults for two courses. Visit Blair Castle’s website to find out more and book your space.
Image courtesy of Blair Castle
A Magical Festive Break, Nationwide
Christmas is all about spending quality time with your family in warm and cosy surroundings, and what better way to celebrate than with a festive holiday with Parkdean Resorts? With a number of our holiday parks across the UK decked out for Christmas, Twixmas and New Year breaks, it’s the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of home and enjoy some family time.
With festive entertainment for all ages and even Christmas dinner taken care of in the restaurant, it’s a chance for mum and dad to take a break and sit back and enjoy Christmas morning smiles as the little ones wake up in an exciting new place. No more sweating over the consistency of your mash or fretting over the turkey roast – put your feet up and let us take care of you for a stress-free festive break. With a wide range of cosy caravans to choose from, as well as luxurious lodges for an extra festive treat, you’re sure to find your perfect Christmas break with Parkdean Resorts.