Winter Activities And Things To Do

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It’s that time of year when the cold weather comes whooshing back as the winter months approach, the nights are quaint as everyone is winding down for the winter and warm coats are an absolute must. You’re thinking what can you and the family do that’s exciting and keeps the family busy? Well, don’t think anymore, because we’ve outlined all the fun winter activities and things to do here.

Whether it’s exploring the wintery outdoors and venturing into winter-themed parks and trails, or creating a homemade winter wonderland.

Whichever the case, we have you covered. So let’s get stuck in, ‘tis the season after all…

22 Winter Activities and Things To Do:

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Play At Wacky Warehouse

This winter, don’t stay indoors with your babies or toddlers. It’s time for some Christmas-themed fun at your local Wacky Warehouse! There’s something for everyone here.

Wacky Warehouse is iconic as its bright and colourful soft play excites little kids. As adults, you can relax outside while your kids have the times of their lives! From climbing, jumping and sliding straight into a ball pit of fun!

For Christmas, the perfect winter activity to do is, sprinkling Christmas magic with the Christmas-themed arts & crafts! A festive way to bring some Christmas spirit to your child’s day. The arts & crafts sessions are available during all Tots Club sessions!

But wait…what’s that sound? It must be jingle bells because Santa Claus is coming to Wacky Warehouse!!  Meet Santa in his grotto at your local Wacky Warehouse – a surefire way to make your child’s day! They may even get a gift too…

If you’re thinking of what to gift a parent with young kids this year, why not gift them Wacky Warehouse’s special edition Play Passes? They’re available in-store and mean lots more play for less – it’s the perfect stocking filler!

Don’t forget to enter their Christmas competition! You can be in with a chance of winning a £250 voucher for The Entertainer!!

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All over the UK

Pricing

Child £5.00
Tots Club £4.00

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Unleash the Spirit of Adventure with a Unique Christmas Gift!

Whether you choose to head out on a Treasure Trail this winter or gift your loved one a Trail they can enjoy as a family!

As the holiday season approaches, the quest for Christmas presents that are both entertaining and unique becomes increasingly challenging… And with the ongoing financial constraints facing many households, finding gifts that encourage fun, thoughtfulness and affordability can be a daunting task.

Enter Treasure Trails… The leading provider of treasure hunt adventures in the UK! With over two decades of experience, they present a solution that continues to captivate, offering an original and exciting gift alternative. With over 1,200 hunts scattered across the UK, Treasure Trails provides an easy solution for locating the perfect adventure near your loved ones!

Imagine this scenario: rather than opting for another conventional physical gift or grappling with the dilemma of selecting a present that embodies care and originality. You can gift a treasure hunt adventure! Picture the joy on their face as they unwrap this unique experience on Christmas Day.

Treasure Trails offers a variety of themes, including treasure huntsdetective challenges, and spy adventures. Whether you want to inspire someone to explore and uncover hidden treasures or engage them in solving a thrilling mystery, the options are endless!

Plus, with a budget-friendly price of just £11.99, including postage. These adventures are as affordable as they are full of excitement! Whether you aspire to be a super-secret Santa or the giver of a gift that combines thoughtfulness, fun, and uniqueness. Treasure Trails might just be the perfect solution you’ve been seeking.

Embark on an adventure by exploring their Trails at www.treasuretrails.co.uk – where unforgettable experiences await!

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All across the UK!

Pricing

Only £11.99!

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Visit Leeds Castle This Christmas

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Calling all winter lovers, does the cold weather bother you? And do you love going for walks in the crisp, winter air? Then yule love coming to Leeds Castle’s ‘A Narnia Christmas At The Caslte’!

A fantastical way to kick off this holiday season and the perfect winter activity for all the family to have a bauble.

Step into the magical world of C.S. Lewis as you push the doors of the iconic wardrobe into a winter adventure like no other. You’ll meet all your favourite characters from the beloved book. From the White Witch and Mrs Beaver to Mr Tumnus and of course, Father Christmas.

Wander through the wintery woodlands, climb onboard the White Witch’s sleigh and learn some combat skills! Then uncover the tremendously decorated Castle with all the Christmas trees and festivities.

You can even enjoy yummy treats!

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Broomfield,
Maidstone
ME17 1PL

Opening Times

25th November 2023 – 1st January 2024

Pricing

Child from £22.50
Adult from £30.00

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Santa's Grotto

Meet Santa at a Santa Grotto

Ho Ho Ho! It wouldn’t be winter without Christmas, and there’s no Christmas without seeing the jolly man himself, Santa Claus!

Create fantastic memories with the kids and watch their faces gleam with happiness after meeting Santa. How? By visiting a Santa Grotto near you!

Remember to wrap up warm and what you would like for Christmas! You may even get a special treat from Santa Claus too…

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Immersive Yourself With Light Festivals

Even though winter has come and the skies are darker, we know one winter activity that will illuminate the night sky… Light festivals!

We recommend visiting The Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park. Why? Because it’s themed like the fantastical world of Narnia! Gaze upon the White Witch and her ice sleigh, wander past dazzling light displays and even sing along with the singing Christmas tree!

Then sip on some sweet hot chocolate!

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Longleat
Warminster,
Wiltshire
BA12 7NW

Opening Times

11th November 2023 - 7th January 2024

Pricing

Off-peak:
Adult £44.95
Child £33.70

On-peak:
Adult £49.95
Child £37.45

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Plan a Christmas Family Day Out

Looking for a way to kickstart that merry and bright feeling? Go on the ultimate Christmas day out for the whole family!

Whether it’s Christmas shopping, watching a pantomime or even visiting a winter wonderland like Hyde Park in London.

Explore different winter activities to do with the family with our guide to the best Christmas days out and events near you!

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Visit a Christmas Market

There’s nothing like immersing yourself in the joyous season, than a trip to one of many Christmas markets this year!

Browse the festive stalls for unique gifts or arts and crafts, indulge in sweet treats and delectable dishes or enjoy warm mulled wine. It smells like festive spirit to me!

Visiting a classic Christmas Market is the perfect family tradition during the chilly winter. You just need to remember to wrap up warm!

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Write A Letter To Santa

For the little kiddies, it’s time to start writing your letters to Santa Claus!

As adults, you can turn this winter activity into a fun arts and crafts activity! Get the glitter and sequins out as they decorate their important letter to the jolly man himself.

If you miss the deadline it just means you won’t be guaranteed a reply, but you can always get creative yourself to keep the magic alive!

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Head To The Free Selfridges Event

This winter season, make your way to the nearest Selfridges for a FREE event!

In London, Manchester and Birmingham, you and your family can enjoy a variety of festivities this Christmas. From an all-singing and dancing extravaganza, meeting Santa in his grotto and all sorts of musical entertainment.

Not to mention the gorgeous decoration Selfridges will put on show! Avoid the chilly weather and come inside for a festive family afternoon.

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Selfridges at London, Manchester and Birmingham

Opening Times

24th November - 24th December 2023

Pricing

Free

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Find Your Christmas Tree

Real or fake? That’s the question…

Whichever you choose, why not make a day of it when you go to pick it up? Wrap up warm and bring the kids along as you pick up your tree either at a Christmas tree farm or at your favourite supermarket!

It’s the perfect time to start looking for your Christmas tree this year. Then why not pick up all the trimmings, like baubles, tinsel and fairy lights?

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Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Thanks to step 7, you’ve got your Christmas tree! Now it’s time for the best winter activity… decorating it!

Gather your kids, stick some Christmas music on and start decorating. Wrap twinkling lights around the branches, dangle some colourful baubles and add a tree skirt to really spruce up your Christmas tree.

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Make Gingerbread Biscuits

Fill your house with the smell of ginger and cinnamon to really add to the Christmas season.

A tasty, warm and great activity to banish those winter blues away and a fabulous way to spend quality time with the kids. You could even have a go at making a gingerbread house!

Why not pair your gingerbread biscuits with some hot chocolate and settle down to watch some Christmas movies…?

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Watch Christmas Movies

When it’s cold outside, indoor activities are a must and nothing beats cosying up on the sofa with a good family festive film.

Whether it’s the Santa Claus, Home Alone and Arthur Christmas or The Santa Chronicles! Kick off your festive season with the most uplifting winter activity. Psst…don’t forget the snacks!

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Gaze at the London Christmas Lights

Anybody whose anybody knows London goes ALL out for Christmas.

From dazzling displays and luminescent lights covering streets all over the capital city. Head to Covent Garden with the beautiful baubles dangling down, delicious sweet treats and entertaining entertainers. Or walk along Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Bond Street and even Carnaby Street, right up to the London Eye, for Christmas lights galore!

Colder months don’t mean you have to stay inside. Wrap up warm, and explore London! You’ll find plenty of festive events happening in London too. From Christmas at Kew Gardens to Somerset House!

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christmas wrapping paper

Make Wrapping Paper Christmas Trees

Feeling crafty and looking for ideas? Watch our video for how to make origami Christmas trees using just wrapping paper and some clever folding. It’s easier than it looks, promise!

We have more Christmas crafts too!

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Be Dazzled By Winter Lanterns

The best thing about the nights getting darker quicker is that it’s prime lantern season!

Whether it’s at Chester Zoo with illuminated animals or a forest trail with lights scattered above you in the trees or on the forest floor.

You’ll be enchanted by the lanterns and will witness a special moment when the kids first spot them! A magical winter activity that will make a lovely me-merry.

An exciting event that all families will be jumping for joy to experience.

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Make Christmas Cards

To give that added personal touch to your Christmas cards, gather the family and have arts and crafts day!

Include any Christmassy theme, like snowmen, angels, reindeer, or even hand-drawn Christmas trees. Add a touch of sparkle and warm the hearts of your family and friends with these hand-made cards.

An intimate winter activity that will bring joy and laughter to the family. Check out these 12 printable Christmas cards for kids by Kids Craft Room!

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Go On A Christmas Decoration Hunt

When December falls on us and the decorations come out to dazzle you, go on a drive with the family and find what houses have the best decorations!

Do they have Santa on their roof, illuminated reindeer at the door or snowmen perched on their lawns?

Go exploring and find out! A fun, outdoor winter activity for all ages, maybe see who can spot the best one first?

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Make Paper Snowflakes

Want to jazz up your Christmas decorations this year?

Well, if you have plenty of scrap paper lying around, why not put that to use and make some paper snowflakes?

You can stick them around the house or on windows and turn your home into its own winter wonderland!

A great hands-on activity to keep the kiddies entertained. And to bring Christmas cheer!

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Bake An Apple Pie With The Kids

The ultimate comforting winter activity is baking!

Whether it’s an apple pie or apple crumble, any appley dessert is a real treat and a perfect activity for the kids to get involved.

Top the pie off with pastry cut out into Christmas shapes, and sprinkle some cinnamon for a real festive touch. Then when it’s time to enjoy it, pair it with some glorious custard.

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Make Calendars for 2024

Prepare for the new year by creating your own family calendar!

Print the best pictures and memories you’ve had this year and DIY! Get the kids involved and turn it into a family occasion. Gather the sequins, coloured paper and maybe glitter, if you’re feeling adventurous.

You can take in turns to decorate a month in whatever way you’d like! Then hang it up and admire the hard work you all put in.

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Plan New Year’s Eve with the Kids

Saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new one with your little ones can be just as exciting as Christmas itself.

The only choice you’ve got to make is whether to go out or stay in…

We have options for both!

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We hope we’ve sprinkled some inspiration on what winter activities and things to do with the kids! Whether you stay at home and enjoy quality time or head out for some festive family fun!!

Wrap up warm and enjoy a winter wonderland or joy!

Looking for more activities? Well, with Christmas coming around the corner, we have plenty! From Christmas Eve Ideas to the Best Last Minute Christmas GiftsLantern Festivals Near Me and so much more!

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