There is so much going on over the Holiday season that it’s hard to know where to start with events, experiences and Christmassy day’s out but here are some of my favourites!The Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens this Friday and is jam packed with things to do this Christmas. From rides to a circus there is something for all the family. There is a brilliant Christmas market, a big wheel, an Ice Rink, a Zippo’s Christmas Circus, a Zippo’s Cirque Extreme and Santa Land where you can visit the man himself. Entry to the park is absolutely free but tickets are required for the activities. Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax are offering children an interactive experience with their Journey to the North Pole. Children are asked to help the elves before they will show them a secret route to the North Pole where Santa is waiting to meet them and give them a gift. Ticket prices start at £9.95 for a trip around the whole museum with an extra £3 for entry to the Grotto (the gift they are given is worth £3.) Now Santa AND a steam train would turn Spud into an extremely excited toddler so we are heading to Dartmouth Railway this Christmas for one of their Santa experiences. They are running a Santa Express where you receive a trip on the steam train, festive refreshments, a lolly for the kids and a visit from Santa aboard the train. The Santa Special includes a stop to see a Pantomime and a visit to Santa at a Grotto. Check out your local railway because a majority of them offer a Santa experience. Prices for the Dartmouth Railway start at £6.50. If you are looking for inspiration close to home then find out about your Town’s Christmas light switch on. They are usually run by local Radio stations and often have special guests. I know that Swindon have Cheggers this year and that Plymouth have Britain’s Got Talent runner up Ronan Park. Last year Plymouth town centre was buzzing and the Christmas market was a huge attraction whilst we all waited for the lights to be switched on. This is one of my favourite events this year. At Westfield London you can experience Santa’s FREE Grotto and in a UK first watch a 5D film with each child’s name and photo appearing in the film! The story is about Elbow the Elf who saves Christmas and every child will be displayed throughout the story (more than once) as an integral part of the plot. Pre booking enables you to choose when you go because it’s expected to be extremely popular. Tickets can be booked here and with Westfield’s indoor ice rink and massive amount of shops will be a perfect day out this Christmas. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a good Pantomime. For the past few years the kids have been a bit too little so I have caught a few on the TV. Spud especially loved the CBeebies Panto which was fab! I can’t wait for them to be old enough to experience it properly and be sat shouting “it’s behind you!” Different Panto’s cover the country and you can find your nearest on this website.
For more of Spud & Spike’s 12 Days of Christmas please visit the Advent Calendar!