Christmas is all about good family times to remember,
So together why not enjoy these festive days out in December.
Meet mischievous elves, watch pantomimes or visit Santa in the zoo
Here are some fun festive things for families to do!
KidZania Christmas Around the World!
Until 31st December
It’s Christmas time in KidZania so in addition to more than 60 role play adventures, children can enjoy seeing how different countries from around the world celebrate their traditions at Christmas. The can enjoy finding out lots of fun facts as they follow a festive trail to fascinating countries including Germany, China, India, Ethiopia and Mexico. There will be ‘Frozen’ face painting and a lovely Christmas parade! Buy here.
Christmas at Holkham, Norfolk
This sounds like a truly wonderful festive occasion with a candlelight tour, beautiful seasonal music and mischievous elves! Father Christmas will be there of course to greet the children making this a truly magical visit. Look out for the special event ‘An Audience with Father Christmas’ which includes special tales, dancing and singing! Find out more.
Wild Christmas at Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch
Until 23rd December
Bring the kids for some fantastic festive fun. With a Nativity Cuddle Corner and a seasonal pantomime in the Happydrome Theatre, together with guaranteed fun in the playcentre. Father Christmas, Rudolph and his elves will be waiting in his log cabin with presents for all the kids. Don’t miss the brilliant Christmas panto, Dick Whittington, which promises to be a treat for everyone….oh yes it does! Find out more.
Christmas at Kew Gardens, Surrey
Until 1st January
Come and see these spectacular gardens after dark this Christmas, which will be illuminated with thousands of sparkling festive lights. Visit the scented Fire Garden, look for Christmas gifts and enjoy all the regular vintage fairground rides. Find out more.
Santa’s Grotto at Chill Factore, Manchester
Until 24th December
Why not bring the kids here to experience Santa’s magical Grotto this Christmas, where they can have fun in Mini Moose Land with real snow and beautiful festive lights before wrapping up warm ready to meet Santa in his magical castle grotto! Find out more.
Meet Santa at the ZSL London Zoo
Until 24th December
Before his busiest day of the year Santa is going to be spending time at the zoo ready to meet girls and boys in his festive grotto! Every child will receive a special gift and be able to give him that all important Christmas list! There will be some festive themed activities to enjoy and of course the chance to look around this amazing zoo and all it’s wonderful animals. Find out more.
Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield
20th December to 24th December
Santa and his mischievous elves are waiting to meet and greet the kids in your family this Christmas in the Enchanted Grotto. Some of the centre’s fantastic animals are taking part in a brilliant Nativity scene and there is an entertaining free-flying bird show to see too. Kids will love the festive crafts and activities and the chance to write a letter to Santa. Find out more.
Father Christmas at Farmer Palmer’s, Poole, Dorset
2nd – 17th December
Throughout December Santa will be waiting in his festive grotto ready to greet boys and girls. It is the perfect time to give him that very important present list! You don’t even need to pre book as the elves have a great booking system already sussed! Find out more.
Christmas at Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Until 20th December
Spend a festive day with all the family at this brilliant theme park which has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. There are plenty of rides and shows for the kids and don’t forget to enrol them in Elf School or visit Mrs Christmas in her kitchen who is sure to be cooking up some tasty treats! Find out more.
An Adventure in Wonderland at Hughenden, High Wycombe
Until 3rd January
Celebrate the festive season following a delightful Alice in Wonderland adventure trail that will take you around the wonderful house and grounds of this stately home. Find out more.
A Christmas Carol at Tredegar House, Newport, Wales
Until 17th December
This sounds like the perfect time to visit this historic mansion over the festive period as it will be decked with lavish and very traditional decorations. All the family can explore and find out about traditions from years gone by and there will be entertaining activities with a definite yuletide feel for kids to get stuck into while grown-ups enjoy a mulled wine and a mince pie! Find out more.
Santa Safari at West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Bewdley
25th November – 24th December
A safari with a difference! This Christmas all the family get’s to enjoy a 4 mile self-drive safari with a visit to Santa along the way! Grown ups get a mince pie and a drink and kids get a lovely gift from Santa! Find out more.
Winter Wonderland at Conkers, Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Various dates throughout December
At this Winter Wonderland Santa and his team of elves will lead you through the enchanted forest and the valley of Christmas lights to his woodland grotto. Say hello to his reindeer and enjoy mince pies and hot drinks. Take a trip on the Conkerchoo Christmas trainl through the tunnel of Discovery and meet the balloon Modeller and other great street entertainers. New this year are singing reindeer and a special festive Christmas train display not to be missed! Find out more.
A Winter’s Trail at Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey.
Until 24th December
This great festive event will entertain all the family and give everyone that special Christmas feeling! Kids will love meeting the reindeer Willow and Drizzle and of course a visit to Santa in his grotto! Don’t miss a ride on the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure and visit the Gruffalo’s kitchen ready to decorate festive treats. All this as well as everything else Chessington has to offer guarantees a very special family day out! Find out more.
Santa and the Elves Christmas Experience at the Winchester Science Centre, Winchester
Until 23rd December
Even Santa loves Science! Families can enjoy a very exciting tour of his Elf Invention Studio and then meet Santa, joining in with science themed activities in his toy making workshop. Look out for the Elf Trail and a special Elf led planetarium show. Kids get to take home the toy they created in the workshop. Find out more.
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