Another school break is on its way and so is Santa! Time off during the Christmas school holidays can get booked up pretty quickly with friends visiting from different areas. But maybe you’re looking for something to do just as a family while you have a moment to yourselves, or if you’re hosting extended family you might need a form of entertainment to get yourselves out of the house and keep the kids preoccupied.
As the Christmas school holidays approach faster than Father Christmas’s sleigh, we’ve compiled a full list of things to do, including some freebies for those who are watching pennies as we know it’s an expensive time of year!
Despite the colder weather, we can still enjoy the beautiful great outdoors together. Head out and keep active, but make sure you also keep safe.
There is something so magical about fairy lights at Christmas, but the events we’re about to list aren’t just fairy lights! Some have huge illuminated sculptures and full pathways of twinkling lights. If you’re based in West Yorkshire, visit Stockeld Park this winter for a dazzling display of illuminated woodland animals and fairies in the Enchanted Forest – there’s a magical surprise at every turn! If South Yorkshire or Derbyshire is where you’re from Chatsworth gardens are a beautiful way to see the magic of Christmas. One for our Lincolnshire friends, visit Lincoln Castle at nighttime this Christmas and walk the illuminated castle walls with fantastic views over the Christmas markets! Finally, if you’re near Hull we challenge you to find a better Christmas lights house display than this one on Rosmead Street! In total there are 3,000 lights – 2,000 on a terrace and 1,000 in a gazebo and now they even have a snow machine!
Sometimes all we need is some fresh air to energise ourselves and our little ones, and as a result, we feel a little less claustrophobic. Wrap up warm and go for a wintry walk. You might even see some seasonal wildlife, such as Robins! Walking is great activity to do with just the kids, or you could show your visiting friends and family the local countryside near you on New Years Day. Don’t forget to visit your nearest cafe and grab a coffee or hot chocolate to warm up with.
Finally, Christmas Markets. We may be stating the obvious but Christmas markets are 100% the ideal way to get yourselves in the Christmas spirit. Originating in Germany, Christkindlesmarkt not only sells a magnitude of delicious homemade cakes, brownies, pies, and decorations, but there are plenty of small businesses desperate to sell their handcrafted work to you like artists, jewellers, embroiders and more. The markets at Christmas are a great way to get out of the house and experience the warmth of the yuletide season with (or without) the kids.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
With the winter weather setting in, we understand that outdoor activities may not be on your radar. Enjoy spending quality time whilst staying warm at home.
Write a letter to Father Christmas
Windy, cold afternoon? Need an activity to keep the kids quiet while you work from home? Did you know, you can actually send letters to Santa at Christmas? Just pop them in the post box and Royal Mail will deliver them to his address in Reindeerland (aka Lapland). So pull out your best paper and favourite pen and get scrawling all your Christmas wishes! Bonus idea for extra quiet time: get them to draw all their Christmas present requests and colour them in, you can thank us later…
Find Father Christmas’s address here.
Make Christmas Cards
Another rainy day activity, and something for them to post along with their letter to Santa – Christmas cards! Fill some time this Christmas school holidays, get the craft box out and let them go wild! Some ideas for them to draw are; a snowman, Santa, Rudolph, a tree with presents under it, baby Jesus in the stable, the Three Kings and the North Star, an angel, a Christmas cracker. Saves you money buying cards and will put a smile on their Grandparent’s faces!
A Family Day Out
With a lack of holidays due to continued restrictions, round off 2021 with a trip out as a whole family! This could be somewhere outdoors like we suggested above, but if the weather is too bad, why not Jump Inc! We’ve got plenty of deals on to keep a spring in the kids step and a smile on your faces (saving some dosh) like our Eat, Drink, Jump deal; an hour on the park, a soda and a huge slice of pizza for just £14, or Group Deals; saving up to £26 on your next family outing. You’ll be sure to impress those visiting family and friends with a trip to Jump. They’ll wish they had one near them!
We hope the above things to do can not only fill some time this Christmas school holidays!
Find our Christmas opening hours for our parks on the location pages here.