LaplandukFun Festive Outings this Christmas

Make Christmas even more magical this year, with these fun Christmas events and activities for kids:

LaplandUK, Windsor

LaplandUK promises a truly magical and unforgettable Christmas experience for young children. After receiving a personalised invitation from Father Christmas requesting their help in his toy factory this year, children are transported into a fairytale world of wonder. Having travelled along the Elves’ magical forest pathways with their LaplandUK passports freshly stamped, visitors arrive in the snowy wonderland where first they visit the Toy Factory to help the Elves, before moving on to Mother Christmas’ Kitchen to decorate gingerbread and gather for storytelling. It’s then skates on for LaplandUK’s ‘Ice’ Rink before meeting LaplandUK’s resident huskies and reindeer. A very special personalised meeting with Father Christmas in his snowy woodland home is the highlight of this magical daytrip that families are sure to treasure forever.

LaplandUK, now in its 7th year, will open its doors to the public on 30 November until 24 December. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.laplanduk.co.uk

Meet Father Christmas at Legoland

From 7th to 31st December Father Christmas will be spreading his Christmas magic at LEGOLAND Windsor. The resort will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with a Santa’s Grotto, elves and a LEGO Christmas tree.

Embark on a polar adventure aboard the Hill Train to a charming Christmas land filled with a thousand twinkling lights, decorated log cabins, sleigh-bells, and carol singing. At the heart of the park, you can meet Father Christmas in his very own home and you may even find a LEGO gift under the tree! Other attractions include meet and greet the elves, cookie decorating, LEGO bauble building, and festive food and drink.

Tickets are only available for purchase in advance online from www.legoland.co.uk

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This winter the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio is having a festive makeover. The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees, festooned with holly and filled with turkeys and plum puddings (plastic ones unfortunately). Visitors can see the jumpers Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry and Luna Lovegood’s Slug Club Christmas party dress and find out how a little bit of movie magic can make salt look like snow. Book online in advance, family and group tickets are available. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/tour/whats-new

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

From 23 November 2013 to 5 January 2014, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns for six exciting weeks of winter festivities and admission is free (charges apply for rides, ice skating, big top shows and the observation wheel). Attractions include big top shows, the observation wheel, a huge Christmas market, an ice rink plus gentler rides for younger children. Children can meet Santa in his grotto every day from 10am to 6pm. Entry is free but the queue will close at 4pm on busy days.
There will also be over 200 chalets in the beautiful Angels Christmas and Yuletide Markets offering unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
For more information visit www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Christmas at Kew

This Christmas, for the very first time, Kew Gardens will open their doors after dark for you to discover an illuminated trail through their enchanted winter landscape. During the evening openings there are also plenty of family-friendly attractions including a Victorian carousel and vintage rides, Santa’s grotto, a boutique Christmas market with foodie treats and live festive music. Christmas after dark will run from 28th November to 4th January, opening at 4,30om until 10pm.
For more information visit www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas/

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Uxbridge Ice Rink

Once again the ice rink returns to the Civic Centre in Uxbridge over the festive period, from 29th November to 5th January. This year the council has introduced penguin stabilisers for children on the ice. The penguins provide support for small children and help to boost confidence and reduce the risk of injury. The cost of the stabilisers is included in the ticket price. (Limited number and subject to availability. Cannot be pre-booked.) For more information visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/icerink

Natural History Museum

Go ice-skating at the Natural History Museum and experience a magical winter haven in the heart of London.T he spectacular rink is set within the beautiful surroundings of the iconic South Kensington Museum beneath 76,000 twinkling fairy lights. There are also plenty of stalls to buy gifts and food from. Enjoy a beautiful fairground carousel, a sumptuous food, warming drinks and creative cocktails. The rink caters for both beginner and advanced skaters with a junior rink for younger skaters. The ice rink is open now until 5th January. For more information visit www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/

Westfield London Ice Rink

Kick off your Christmas festivities and skate in style at Westfield London’s indoor ice rink. There are themed sessions including weekday morning for children (who can use a penguin or seal for support), DJ evenings, and ‘date’ and ‘Christmas jumper’ nights so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone. Pre-booking your tickets online is highly recommended – not only to avoid queuing but also to ensure you get to skate, and to get the discounted rate. Along with the skating rink, Westfield also has a Christmas Grotto and the whole shopping centre is decked out in Christmas lights and decorations.

For more information visit www.uk.westfield.com/london/news-and-events/ice-rink/