Fun for all the family

Stuck for things to do with the kids this holiday season? Be inspired by our top ten list of family-friendly festive activities across the UK to help you get into the Christmas spirit

Christmas Racing Saturday at Ascot

Christmas-Racing-Saturday-at-AscotThe day kicks off with a Christmas parade featuring Santa and a full marching band. Then step into the winter wonderland where children can meet Santa’s reindeer, hear Mrs Christmas tell some special Christmas tales and meet Santa in his grotto. If that’s not enough, there’ll also be Christmas-themed fairground rides, face painting, pony rides and Christmas crafts to entertain. Round off your day with the uplifting traditional Christmas carol sing-a-long. Grandstand £20/£25; Premier £27/£30 (advance/full price); under 18s go free.


Santa by Steam

Santa-by-SteamAll aboard a steam-hauled train, where elves will bring your children to visit Santa in his grotto – to share their wishes and receive their first Christmas present – while you relax with mince pies and mulled wine. £12.95 per person.


The Reindeer Parade

The-Reindeer-ParadeWatch Father Christmas parade through the town, surrounded by live reindeer, a marching band and other Christmas characters. Then stop to meet him and have a festive photo taken on his magical sleigh! Free of charge.


Christmas at Kew

Christmas-at-KewGuided by snowflakes, follow a new one-mile glittering trail through the world-famous botanic gardens, the Tunnel of Lights, Mistletoe Moments and more. Stop by Santa’s grotto to share your Christmas wishes and receive a special gift. You can enjoy vintage fairground rides and traditional snacks en route. Admission: Adult £15/£17, Child (4-16 years) £10/£12 + £4 for the grotto.


Christmas at Dan Yr Ogof

Christmas-at-Dan-Yr-OgofExplore the beautiful caves, decorated for Christmas by ‘Cave Bears’, to find Santa’s hidden grotto! There, you can share your Christmas wishes, take pictures and receive a special present. You can even see the huge collection of dinosaur models, visit an Iron Age farm and museum and take a tractor down to see the Shire horses. Adult £10 (including hot drink and mince pie), Child (3-16 years) £10, under 2s free.


Real Food Christmas Market

Real-Food-Christmas-MarketA treat for foodies of all ages, this mouth-watering market features a stunning range of high-quality treats ­– from cakes to charcuterie – including plenty of tasty Christmas gift ideas! Free of charge.


Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh-Christmas-MarketThe traditional and romantic Christmas market in the heart of Edinburgh offers a unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of various crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. Free of charge.


Mother Goose

Mother-GooseThis reimagining of a classic tale boasts larger-than-life characters, loads of laughs, outrageous costumes, dazzling dance moves, incredible live music and of course… plenty of heroes to cheer and baddies to boo! £10-£32 + £1 per ticket booked online, £1.25 per ticket booked over phone. £1-£2 discount available for certain performances; £3.00 discount for groups of 10+; for school groups one free teacher per 11 students paid (applies only to certain performances).


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

_Snow-White-and-the-Seven-DwarvesRichmond Theatre patron Jerry Hall brings a touch of glamour to this year’s pantomime as she takes on the role of the Wicked Queen in a show bound to dazzle with outrageous characters, side-splitting jokes and a fabulous musical backdrop. £10-£52.50 + £1.90-£3.90 booking fee.


Courtesy of Here&Now – the new swipe design, geo-based app for parents, which offers the most comprehensive (usual and unusual) list of family activities in the UK.

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