As the snow starts to fall (hopefully) and shops filled with the sound of Slade and Michael Buble, and the smell of mulled wine and baked mince pies start to fill the air, you may be starting to wonder what kind of family Christmas breaks are out there. Therefore, we’ve put together a list of some classic and some more quirky things to do over Christmas break with family.
There is so much to do with your family this Christmas Break in London 2017! The obvious one is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. There’s something for everyone! You can enjoy the rides and experience the fun houses or you can run away with the circus and see Cinderella on Ice. You can also please the little ones by taking them to meet Sooty and Sweep at the puppet show or visit Santa’s toy-making shop in Santa Land.
There are ice rinks aplenty in London with outside ice skating available in Hyde Park, The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, Canary Wharf and Greenwich.
If you want to get the family singing then Disney Frozen on Ice at the o2 might just be the thing to help you let it go. For something less modern, you could join The Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Walk. With Victorian costumes, you and your family will be able to walk through the very streets where the festive favourite A Christmas Carol were invented.
And of course, Harry Potter fans can visit the Warner Brother Studios in the snow. Muggles step through to the Great Hall, which is dressed for Christmas and lined with Christmas trees. The entire set receives a festive makeover with props including handmade Christmas cards, which were created by the cast members during production.
When thinking about family breaks at Christmas, the woods may not be your first thought, but is there anything more magical then heading through the big trees and getting back to nature with a Christmas woodland experience.
Families can enter the Enchanted Forest at Blakemere’s in the Cheshire countryside. Kids will embark on a magical journey to find Santa Clause with the help of the head elf, Ferfal. They will face tasks and enjoy a woodland theatre performance before meeting Santa and after they can enjoy fairground rides and even an ice rink.
Anyone looking for family Christmas breaks in Cornwall this year can enjoy an immersive theatre experience in the woods. Rogue Theatre presents Winter Wood for families, children and adults who still believe – telling Christmas stories from the forest and traditional tales from times gone by.
In Yorkshire, little ones can prepare for Christmas with a trip to Stockeld Parks Illuminated Forest. Over the holidays, thousands of twinkling lights and illuminated sculptures will light up the park. Aiming to capture the very young mind, so a great place for a Christmas break with toddlers. Families can tackle the enchanted forest before trying not to get lost in the illumined magical maze. There is also a Nordic Ski run aimed at small kids and even an ice rink to keep everyone entertained.
The main ingredient for your family Christmas break has to be a trip to meet Father Christmas. So why not choose your break based on the best Santa’s Grottos?
For a unique Santa experience, you could go to the Clearwell Caves in Gloucester This quirky attraction allows visitors to explore the 4,500-year-old underground mine caves that have been transformed into a magical Santa’s Grotto.
Take kids on a magical 3D film sleigh ride at The Santa Spectacular in Willows, Hertfordshire. This activity experience is packed full of fun for families, with a key to Santa’s workshop where they can meet the reindeer, make their own husky dog and even go on a festive wood ride.
Meet Santa when you climb aboard the Santa Special Express train with Brecon Mountain Railway in Cardiff. The steam train will fill kid’s hearts with magic as it takes them along the tracks to Santa where they will each receive a special gift.
Set sail with Santa! A unique opportunity to climb aboard Father Christmas’ boat from Poole Quay for a 1-hour 15-minute sail past Brownsea Island. Adults are entertained with mulled wine and mince pies whilst the kids can enjoy a magic show and balloon modelling.
If your family love a trip to the zoo, they are going to love Christmas at Chessington. Not only can they have a wild Christmas with the lions, gorillas and zebras, they can even meet the Gruffalo! They can go on a festive treasure hunt that includes a magical riverboat journey before they decorate treats in the kitchen and hear a Christmas story from the Gruffalo’s child. Families can also enjoy a Father Christmas sleepover at Chessington! Where they can stay in one of the hotel’s resorts.
Pack the kids off to Elf School at Marsh Farm in Ferrers this Christmas. Apart from saying hello to the farm’s cows, pigs, goats and sheep, families will be put through their festive paces at Elf Academy and when they graduate, they head through the snow tunnels to meet Mrs Claus for gingerbread making, before meeting Father Christmas himself. New elves will get to try out their new skills by making their own fluffy toys in the workshop.
Obviously, we don’t mean that you should grab a bucket and spade to set up camp on the beach in the freezing cold weather. However, there are so many seaside towns that go above and beyond to provide spectacular family breaks at Christmas time.
Blackpool is absolutely brimming with things to entertain the entire family this season. They offer a jam-packed month of festivities including a Winter Wonderland, the chance to meet Santa in his grotto and a breakfast with Santa event! You can even party with your toddler at the Raver Tots Christmas bash! There is literally something for the whole family!
Those looking for adventure this Christmas could make their way to The Frosted Fairground at Dreamland in Margate. They have a ‘light switch on’ every day as well as stage shows with Jack and Jackie Frost where everyone can join in the sing-a-longs. When you’re not enjoying the rides, or gliding around the ice skating rink, you can meet The Snowman and The Snowdog, or even the man himself with the Father Christmas Grotto Experience.
There is so much more you can do with your family from now until Christmas and New Year. We love all the traditional things like meeting Santa and pantomimes but there are also some other unique and quirky Christmas events that may be of interest.
Take the family for a day of festive racing at The Great Christmas Pudding Race in London on the 2nd December 2017, where you will see people dressed up as superheroes, Santa’s, elves and even Disney characters racing the desert over the finishing line.
The Grand Lantern Parade in Alnwick, Northumberland on the 21st December 2017. Where the can see the magical parade that lights up the dark streets, which are so beautiful, that people travel for miles to see them.
Go back in time to The Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on the 1st to the 3rd of December where snowy Dickensian streets will welcome the family. Whilst adults can enjoy the festive markets and the many festive tipples on offer, kids can enter the Nutcracker colouring competition and meet a traditional Green costumed Santa and his elves.
Those looking for Christmas breaks with toddlers need not look further than The Christmas Tales – by Chickenshed in London. This quirky panto has a whole host of colourful and crazy puppets to entertain children aged 1-6 with lots of interactive silliness too.
Nothing gets kids in the Christmas spirit like one of their Christmas films. But why watch it when you can experience it instead? Now the children have a Polar Express experience by tram in Seaton, Devon. Kids are encouraged to come in their pyjamas just like the film and sing along with the songs whilst the chef’s dance and serve you up hot chocolate and cookies. The trams destination is The North Pole where kids can meet Santa and receive a special present!
There are so many wonderful places in the UK for magical family Christmas breaks. So there are many fun things to do over Christmas, and we have covered some of them within here. Let us know in the comments where your favourite unique Christmas break is.