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Top ten family outings over Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And we will all be spending more time with our families than at any point across the year. Something to look forward to! But it can also lead to frustrations, as you spend all your time together inside. What better way to get some fresh air and clear your head than with a nice family outing. Here are our top ten picks for a festive excursion.

Winter Wonderland

Taking place in Hyde Park every year, Winter Wonderland is a magical way to get your friends and family excited for Christmas. Filled with festive delights, you can go ice skating, ride one of the fairground attractions, or simply bathe in the Christmas spirit. Make sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

A Dickensian Christmas

A name closely associated with Christmas is Charles Dickens and his stories, especially the iconic Christmas Carol. A visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is a trip back in time to a Christmas like those written in his tales.

Blackpool Illuminations

Take a trip to the seafront and see the spectacular Blackpool Illuminations. Running along the seafront, the bright lights take on a festive theme for the Christmas period. And while you are there, pay a visit to Blackpool Tower or ride the Big One at the Pleasure Beach.

Ice Skating in Brighton

In the Christmas period, Brighton’s famous pavilion becomes a wintery palace where you can go for an ice skate in its spectacular surroundings. A magical setting for some festive skating.

Festival of Light

Famous for its safari park more than its Christmas celebrations, the Festival of Light at Longleat House is a spectacle rarely seen elsewhere in the UK. From illuminated floats to Chinese lanterns, it’s a clash of cultures that is a spectacular sight to behold.

A fairytale forest

Christmas is about bright lights and spectacle, and Alnwick Castle has a magical, enchanting quality that makes it feel like something out of a fairytale. Run between the illuminated woods and be filled with Christmas cheer enough to last you a whole year.

Family fun in Scotland

Edinburgh really knows how to celebrate Christmas. Get lost in the tree maze, or take your young ones to a silent disco, a fun event that needs to be experienced to fully understand just how fun they can be. For those bolder, you can give climbing the ice wall a go!

All aboard the Polar Express

Dartmoor railways put on a train to Christmas Town, where you get onboard a train full of elves and Christmas treats as they transport you from the real world to a Christmas wonderland. Meet Father Christmas and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice.

Visit a Christmas market

For last minute Christmas shopping or some inventive gift ideas, head to your local Christmas market. You’ll find some spectacular German themed ones in your nearest city. And many will have stalls by local and small businesses who will benefit most from your support this year.

Visit a New Year’s firework display

Finding something to do on New Year’s Eve can be difficult if you haven’t planned in advance. And if you have a young family, attending a party might not always be suitable. A fireworks display is a great family friendly way to see in the New Year. Search in your area for any big celebrations, or buy a ticket for the spectacular display on the Thames in London.


Offbeat  12/12/2018 08:51:55

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