With spectacular ice rinks, panto, and craft ideas galore, it’s hard to choose our favourite things to do this Christmas, but we’ve had a go! Have a look at our Top 5, and let us know what we’ve missed!
1. Make the most of your National Trust Membership
There are hundreds of Christmas activities at heritage sites across the country, including festive food events where you can make your own Christmas sweets, beautiful Christmas markets, and Santa’s Grottos where the children can meet Father Christmas. Also on the National Trust sites are historic properties offering early Christmas lunches in an unforgettable setting, and a selection of lovely local spots for a winter getaway.
2. Make your own Christmas decorations
If you’re prepared to cover your house in glitter glue, there is nothing better than making your own toilet roll crafts and paper Christmas tree baubles. Baker Ross has some fantastic and incredibly affordable Christmas craft kits to get you up and running, including colour-in window decorations (only £2.99 for a pack of 12), and some lovely Christmas tree scratch art decorations… if you’ve never tried scratch art, I can guarantee even the smallest children will LOVE it.
3. Get your skates on
There are some superb ice rinks around London and across the UK, and many of them have ‘skate aids’ to help the little ones enjoy skating without you putting your back out. One of the best is the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, where you can skate in beautiful surroundings and then go warm up amid dinosaur bones in the museum. It can get a little crowded, so we’d recommend taking advantage of the fact that children tend to spring out of bed while it’s still dark… grab an early slot before the rink gets too busy. In addition to the main rink there is a children’s rink especially for younger skaters.
4. Out-shout your kids at the Panto
We’ve got nearly 100 pantomimes across the UK listed on our What’s On for Families section, including Dick Whittington’s Pocket Panto, Peter Pan, The Adventures of Sinbad, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Puss in Boots. We’ve even spotted a Snow Queen panto, perfect for children who are desperate to see Disney’s Frozen. We love Potted Panto, a fun and frenetic performance of seven classic pantomimes in just 80 minutes.
5. Go back in time
This Christmas there are some lovely historic events across the UK, where children can enjoy old-fashioned an Christmas Fayre or festive carol singing, or see how Christmas was celebrated in Victorian or Medieval times. We’ve found a whopping 1500 historic Christmas events, including a Dickens Christmas re-enactment at Edinburgh Castle. The list keeps growing, so there is bound to be something happening in your town.