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Festive Feeling: 10 UK Christmas days out for the whole family

Lisa O'Keeffe

13 November 2017

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The shops are stocked, the shopping has begun, and Christmas adverts are the hottest topic of conversation; it’s officially time to start talking about Christmas. For us, the festive season is all about family, which starts with a classic Christmas day out. From the magic of snow to seeing the jolly man himself, here are 10 festive days out in the UK for you to add to your Christmas lists this year!

  1. The Coca-Cola Truck Tour, nationwide

    Nothing says Christmas like the iconic Coca-Cola truck, which is why the festive truck tour makes for the ideal Christmas day out! With 42 locations this year, you’ll have the chance to experience a winter wonderland setting whilst sipping on your favourite drink, plus you could even see your festive photo on the side of the truck. Prepare for this festive favourite to be seen everywhere – the holidays are coming after all!

    Full list of dates for the Coca Cola Truck tour 2017
  1. Lee Valley Ice Centre, Greater London

    Ice skating is always top of our list for a festive day out, but you don’t have to play the weather lottery thanks to Lee Valley Ice Centre. Open seven days a week (and all year round!), the international-sized ice rink has plenty of space for the whole family, whether you’re a figure-skating pro, or a little bit, well, wobbly… With Saturday night disco sessions, skate aids, group bookings and more, get your skates on and pay a visit.

    Two kids ice skating at Lee Valley Ice Centre
  2. Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire

    Twycross Zoo is against the 2-minute Santa visit you sometimes get, instead focusing on a fab festive day out for the whole family! Meet the man himself on his magical sleigh in the Plaza, listen to him read in Santa’s Storytime and don’t forget to write your name on your special key ready to hang on Santa’s Key Tree too! There’s all this, plus lots of zoo fun too, making it a great day out for the whole family.
  1. Winter Wonderland, London

    Billed as a Christmas extravaganza, festive days out don’t come more well-known than London’s Winter Wonderland. Hyde Park is transformed into a host of winter-themed attractions, from the ice skating rink and Zippos Christmas Circus, to The Sooty Christmas Show and the Giant Observation Wheel. It’s Santa Land that is the must-do for families though, where kids can see Santa’s workshop, meet the elves and ride on the Santa Express, before meeting the big man in his grotto. Midweek mornings are best for younger kids, as it can get really busy!

    The observation wheel and entrance to Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park
  1. Piglets Adventure Farm, York

    For a truly unforgettable Christmas day out, we love Piglets Adventure Farm! Book your flight on a magical sleigh ride, then arrive at Elf Airlines to see your name up in lights on the live departure board. Write a letter to Santa whilst you wait to board, before riding through the trees and twinkling lights to the Woodland Village. See Santa in his grotto, unlock Santa’s toyshop and see animals starring in the nativity scene – and there are lots more too! It promises to be a magical day out for the whole family, plus there are free mince pies for grown-ups too!

    The toy shop at Piglets Adventure Farm Christmas day out
  1. Cairngorms National Park, Scottish Highlands

    Head to Britain’s largest National Park this Christmas, for a Christmas day out with Santa, Rudolph and the rest of their reindeer friends! Daily trips run to visit the herd of reindeer who roam freely around Cairngorms National Park, and we hear they’re all really friendly and like to be hand fed! A truly magical way to see the majestic animals in natural surroundings, and with Santa checking in to regularly to make sure they’re ready for the biggest job of the year, it’s a great family festive day out.

    Santa and his reindeer at Cairngorms National Park
  1. Drusillas Park, East Sussex

    There’s loads of festive fun at Drusillas Park this December, making it a great choice for a Christmas day out with the kids! Visit Santa’s Christmas Cottage where kids can tell him all about their list this year, then visit the Husky Cave, where visitors can come face to face with the cuddly canines. With Santa’s Reindeer and the spectacular Winter Wonderland Illuminations too, it’s a magical day out for the whole family.

    Winter Wonderland illuminations lighting up Drusillas Park this winter
  1. Drayton’s Magical Christmas, Staffordshire

    Drayton’s Magical Christmas is exactly that; magical fun for the whole family! The popular Thomas Land is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, with live shows, carols, light shows, festive food and of course, Father Christmas himself! Each day ends with a fabulous fireworks display, plus there’s a selection of Thomas Land rides open, along with the zoo and the 4D cinema, showing the fantastically festive Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Over at the Castle of Dreams, all children receive a free gift and there’s the fab Slide & Glide rink – lots of festive fun to celebrate the 10th year of Drayton’s Magical Christmas.

    A festive Thomas the Tank Engine at Drayton Manor
  1. Mead Open Farm, Bedfordshire

    Visit the Christmas Kingdom at Mead Open Farm, for a fab family day out this Christmas. All under cover and heated, use your magical boarding pass to get access to the festive fun, including a 3D film, the Elves’ Christmas Village, real reindeer, Elf Academy, and meeting Santa in his grotto. Plus, with autism-friendly sessions too, it’s one of our favourite Christmas days out this year.

    Elf Academy at Mead Open Farm
  1. Santa Special Railways, nationwide

    When we asked you for your favourite festive days out, Santa steam trains were top of the pile! Adding a touch of festive magic to a classic steam train ride, kids will love the whole experience, and with so many classic railways around the UK, chances are you won’t be far from the festive fun. Some of our favourites are Severn Valley Railway in the West Midlands, Llangollen Railway in North Wales and Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough.

    A Santa themed steam train at a station

Looking for even more Christmas ideas and inspiration? Take a look at our Christmas blogs, and stay tuned for our guide to grottos and ice rinks, coming soon!

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Lisa O'Keeffe

13 November 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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