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Activities to do in the Christmas Holidays!: A Christmas Vacation

By Shivani Ladwa
Posted 2 December 2021
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The kids are on their Christmas holidays now and it’s time for the festivities to truly begin, the quality time with the family is the best way to spend Christmas too! But what can you do during the holidays? Whether you want to venture out or stay in, we’ve got you covered. 

Things to do during the Christmas holidays

Make a Christmas Eve Box - 

To further expand your festive spirit, create a Christmas Eve box to excite your kiddies. Use any box you want and pack some Christmas PJs, some homemade goodies, maybe some mini-games, Christmas DVDs (if you have any) and anything else Christmassy that you can think of. That your kids can open up on Christmas Eve and enjoy! 

A kid opening a Christmas Eve box

Book a Staycation -

If you’re looking to get away for a few days before Christmas comes, then you can book a staycation at many family parks such as Butlins, Center Parcs, Bluestone Resort and many more. A getaway from the work and school life and a treat for you and the family to spend together. 

If you do want to get away, it’s best to book now rather than later, because places are getting booked up!

Take a trip to London - 

London is a magnificent city to travel to during the Christmas holidays. Everywhere you go, you’re met with magic and the glistening of Christmas lights, the hustle and bustle of Christmas crowds and the delicious smell of festive treats that you can indulge on. There’s an entire day worth of activities and things to do in London for Christmas, whether you go to Winter Fest or Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Grotto. But if you just want a low-key, inexpensive trip, then hunting for the Christmas light installation are the perfect activity to fuel your festive spirit. Here are the best locations for the Christmas lights this year: 

  1. Carnaby street
  2. Covent Garden
  3. Marylebone 
  4. Belgravia
  5. Regent street
  6. Oxford street
  7. Bond Street
  8. Mayfair
  9. Greenwich market 
  10. Seven Dials
  11. Chelsea
  12. The Shard
  13. Trafalgar Square

So, have the most magical time with your kiddies, London is the best place to be. 

Christmas lights in London

Watch The Gruffalo - 

Where: Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton
When: 13th December 2021 - 2nd January 2022
Price: Individual from £14.50

Join Mouse on an adventure through the deep, dark wood, in the marvellous musical adaptation of The Gruffalo book. Meet the cunning Fox, Owl and Snake as Mouse tries to evade their hungry bellies. Will the story of the Gruffalo scare them away? Let’s see! A family-friendly musical with songs, laughter and monstrous fun!

Book tickets here

Video Chat with Santa Claus! 

This is an exceptionally special treat for your little ones and the perfect way to get them excited and filled with Christmas spirit. You can have a private video call with either Santa Claus, Mrs Claus or one of his Elves from the North Pole through Santa’s Calling You! Simply book a time and date, tell them some information that you want them to know prior to the call, and wait for the magical day where your kids can talk to any of them! The Christmas spirit will truly be alive with this magical experience.

Check availability here

A family video calling Santa Claus

Make a Christmas Card Tree - 

If you received lots of Christmas cards this year, a great way to showcase them can be by sticking them on the wall in a Christmas tree shape. Start from the bottom with 6 cards, then the next row will be 5 and so on until you reach the top! A jolly fun thing to do in the holidays and a lovely way to display your Christmas cards. 

Create your Christmas Centrepiece -

During the holidays, a great activity to help with the Christmas Day meal and to involve/occupy your kids is to give them the important task of creating the centrepiece for your Christmas Day meal. Whether they fill a jar full of red, white and green chocolate balls and top it off with some tinsel. Maybe it’ll be a wintery jar, with a fake snow blanket, some paper snowflakes stuck to the sides of the jar, white/silver tinsel and add some white flowers to the top. Or just a mini Christmas tree and fairy lights! Whatever they feel like creating, get them involved! Just provide them with the materials you’d like and let’s see what they come up with. A cute and interactive thing your kids can do in the Christmas holidays, in preparation for the big day.

A Christmas centrepiece

Get Your Skates On!

If you have an afternoon or evening that you’d like to fill with a winter activity that gets the heart pumping and excitement building, then ice skating is a brr-illiant thing to do. It involves the whole family and occupies you for hours, making a fun and cherishable memory to brighten your Christmas this holiday season. Check out our list of Ice Rinks near you! 

Visit Alton Towers Christmas Market

Where: Alton Towers Theme Park, Stoke on Trent
When: 3rd - 5th, 10th - 12th and 17th - 23rd December 2021
Price: Infant (under 3) free and Individual (3+) from £16.00

There’s no better way to build excitement for Christmas than a trip to a theme park and its Christmas market. You can get the thrill of specially selected rides, including CBeebies Land and Gangster Granny, as well as the magical feeling of the holiday season with the 60 Christmas market stalls that are waiting for you! 

Book tickets here

Alton Towers Christmas Market

Looking for more things to do with the kids this Christmas? We’ve got a few more ideas for you:

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