It’s the most wonderful time of the year! All around the UK, places are preparing for a magical Christmas and there are so many fantastic family events to join in the festive fun.
Marwell Zoo’s winter wonderland
Step inside the winter wonderland at Marwell Zoo. To celebrate its 10th anniversary Grade 1 listed manor house will be decked out like Wonderland complete with a Mad Hatter to meet you on arrival, a Cheshire cat trail, as well as refreshments with the queen of Hearts. Create a magical elf door and don’t miss your meet and greet with Father Christmas. This Christmas experience includes entry to the zoo.
Penguin Skate Club at Natural History Museum Ice Rink
London is awash with ice rinks at the moment, but the Natural History Museum is a firm favourite. This year it’s topped off with a sparkling 30ft Christmas tree. NHM offer skating courses and support aids to get everyone enjoying the ice rink. The Penguin Skate Club takes place each Saturday morning for aged 4 to 8 years. Bring your toddler along to skate on weekday sessions.
Book tickets on NHM.ac.uk
Sign up for the Santa Dash
Pull your Santa suit out of the cupboard (we know you have one!) and sign up to London’s Santa Dash. Join hundreds of fellow Santas as you walk, run or jog 5 or 10k around Brockwell Park, London to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). The event is open to everyone of all ages (including fancy-dressed dogs!) and includes a mince pie and non-alcoholic mulled drink at the end to celebrate. The event takes place 8 December, so sign up as soon as you can.
Find out more on GOSH.org
The Ascot Racecourse Family Raceday
Ascot is the perfect lead up to the big day, taking place on 21 Dec, a couple of days before Christmas. It’s not just about the horse racing on family day, Father Christmas, Mrs Claus and the reindeer will be in attendance heading up a magical Christmas parade. They’ll also be a festive animal extravaganza complete with an animatronic polar bear and plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained.
Book your tickets now on Ascot.co.uk
Take your family pet to visit Santa Paws at Drayton Manor
Wrap up warm and meet Father Christmas in the Castle of Dreams. They’ll be live Christmas shows, falling snow, fireworks and magical character parades. With 25 Thomas & Friends themed attractions and a visit to the 15-acre zoo, a day out at Drayton Manor this Christmas will be truly memorable.
To find out more visit DraytonManor.co.uk
A winter storytelling adventure
Sign them up for a winter storytelling adventure at Darling and Edge, the immersive events studio at Waterloo. Ideal for 7-11-year-olds, Lost in the Frost, a story from Patchlarks will come alive as an interactive escapade across the different levels of Hello Darling. Takes place 7th-22nd Dec 2019 at 131 Waterloo Road, London.
Book a place now on LineUpNow.com
Eclair decorating workshop
Have your little ones team up with the Maitre Choux eclair specialists to decorate their own edible Christmas trees and personalise their own eclairs with edible decorations. Minimum age 5 years old. Takes place at Maître Choux Kings Road, 7th-22nd Dec, every weekend (9am-1pm).
Book a place now on EventBrite.co.uk
Be transported to the forgotten land of Dinotropolis. The Kent-based dinosaur adventure park is a chance for your little ones to play, learn and discover dinosaurs through meeting the animatronic dinosaurs, the Dino Jungle, the Raptor Run, and digging for fossils in the Discovery Cove.
Organise your visit now on Dinotropolis.co.uk
Step into Christmas at London Zoo
Watch London Zoo come to life with its festive trail of light. The landmark location will transform into a fairyland of twinkling decorations with illuminated animal sculptures, light tunnels and Christmas surprises, after all the animals have gone to bed. Glowing fountains at the penguin pool, singing trees and 100,000 glistening lights will make this a yuletide stroll like no other.
Book now at ChristmasAtLondonZoo.co.uk
Kew Gardens at Christmas
Winter is a fantastic time to visit the botanical gardens at Kew. During the Christmas holidays, families can enjoy the light installations around the gardens on a winter walking tour.
Plan your visit on Kew.org
One for the adults: Christmas wreath making
Make a beautiful arrangement for your mantelpiece, Christmas table or front door in this festive workshop in the Cotswolds. Join the Daylesford expert florists in designing seasonal wreaths and garlands using natural foliage and blooms from the Daylesford farm. Workshops take place throughout December, see website for details.
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