Fun things to do with the kids this Christmas
1. Lapland UK
Oh the dream! Lapland UK must be the UK's biggest Christmas secret. Imagine a snow covered forest, elves, huskies, snow ...........The Christmas Edits official number one Christmas grotto. We're all about the magic of Christmas and this place has it in abundance! Be warned though, tickets are pricy and they sell out quick!
2. The Snowman: The Peacock Theatre, 23rd November 2016 - 1st January 2017
The Snowman is definitely up there with the most traditional and magical Christmas stories there are, I'm sure everyone remembers watching this when they were little. I know that at our house it's something we sit down to watch every year so the fact that The Peacock theatre are showing The snowman for the 19th consecutive year has got us very excited! Aimed at all ages from babies to grannies get ready to be transported into a wintry world of a boy and his magical snowman. Top tip: Bring food snacks to keep the little ones still! That's what I'll be doing when I take my toddler!
3. The Hungry Caterpillar 2nd December - 7th January
This has got to be every toddlers favourite book right? Well imagine their faces at the show coming to life through a menagerie of 75 colourful puppets. Running time is 60 mins (again bring snacks!) And theres a buggy park!
4. Skate at Somerset House: 17th November 2016- 15th January 2017
Skate makes a double appearance in our list of lists! It's on our 'Romantic things to do this Christmas' but it's not just for couples, they have catered for the little people too. They are offering 30 minute single lessons for 4-8 year olds at The Polar Cub club, they can be booked on Saturdays and Sundays at the following times: 08.30 - 09.00 or 09.10 - 09.40. Ticket prices are £8.50 per lesson.
Polar bear shaped skating aids, which are designed exclusively for Somerset House, are also available daily for under-8s to use on the ice. These are free.
5. Hogwarts in the snow: 19th November 2016 - 29th January 2017
Definitely one for the older kids, if you've never done the Harry Potter Studio Tour then there is no better time to do it than when it is covered in Snow. The utterly magical setting adds an extra dose of wonder to the tour. And for an added extra (It's a pricy added extra) you can sit down for a Christmas dinner in the Great Hall. One not to be missed.
The O2 Arena
21st - 30th December
Need we say more? In our household the Frozen obsession continues, when does it end? Be magically whisked away to wintry Arendelle by dazzling special effects and astonishing skating as you sing and dance along to inspiring songs including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all! With special appearances by Mickey, Minnie and some of the Disney Princesses.
Admission is Free
20th November 2016
After last years success Hamley's Toy Parade is back for it's second year. I can guarantee that your little ones will LOVE seeing their favourite characters come to life. You can expect to see favourites such as Barbie, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Optimus Prime and Mr & Mrs Potato Head. Make sure you wrap up warm and bring lots of snacks!
26th November 2016 - 24th December 2016
Have you heard of The Enchanted House? Well neither had we until a few weeks ago and now we're not sure how we ever missed it! The Enchanted House is a three hour interactive theatrical extravaganza and this years show is: Santa's Pink Pigeon and the Glitter Snatchers. Expect arts and crafts, gingerbread decorating, singing, games and lots more as you make your way around the Enchanted House on a Christmas Adventure! (And for the parents there are mince pies and mulled wine along the way...yes!!) They've thought of everything here with a personalised meeting with Father Christmas, he will know their name, age, likes and dislikes (thanks to a clever questionnaire when booking). There is even a chill out room for smaller babies or for when it all gets a bit too much for the bigger ones.
30th November 2016 - 1st January 2017
We're so excited to have just discovered the Travelling Light Theatre Company who's mission is 'to create outstanding theatre for and with young people that inspires their thinking, engages their emotions and fires their imaginations.' If that's their motto then they have new fans over here at The Christmas Edit! This Christmas they are bringing Boing! to the Unicorn theatre. An enchanting piece of dance theatre, set on Christmas Eve that captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive. It sounds utterly magical and we can't wait to take the little ones to see this!
Discover Children's Story Centre, Stratford
Weekends from the 3rd December / Various time slots
If you haven't visited Stratford's Discover Centre before then we can promise you will be in for a surprise! The centre itself has a brilliant in door and out door play area and a separate story garden. At Ready Stead Colour's Christmas Feast, your little ones will be invited to a Christmas banquet with a difference. An interactive show with singing, story telling and comedy where children get to decorate their dinner plates with glittery salt and pepper pots and red paint cranberry sauce. A musical adventure for the whole family to enjoy.