Christmas is coming!

The countdown to Christmas is nearly here & this special time of year offers the chance to build wonderful memories for your children – plan early & enjoy some of the best festive days out on offer around the UK…


The Polar Express Train Ride

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Inspired by the run-away hit movie & the award winning book, this very special train ride from the USA returns to the UK this year. Join the magical ride at Dartmoor Railway make it your new annual Christmas family tradition. The Polar Express train makes a mystical round-trip journey to the North Pole, where the characters of the story come to life; with the conductor punching away at the golden tickets, chefs dancing & delivering hot chocolate & cookies, & the doubting hobo wandering through the train. The story is read aloud & the music from the movie plays for all the children to sing along. At the North Pole, Santa awaits the children amongst the sparkling lights of his little city & climbs aboard to give the classic silver bell to all the believing boys & girls.


Lapland UK

Xmas - Lapland UK

Imagine the excitement on your child’s face when Father Christmas invites them personally to come & help in his Toy Factory this Christmas!  This Christmas treat your family to one of the most magical Father Christmas experiences in the UK at LaplandUK, an authentic award winning immersive theatrical production which magically transports your child to Father Christmas’ arctic homeland for a personalised daytrip they will cherish forever.  You must book your family visit in advance & provide details about each child, which allows Father Christmas to deliver a believable & personalized meeting – pure Christmas magic!


Kew Gardens – Christmas After Dark, the Illuminated Trail

Xmas - Kew Gardens

Before you start the illuminated trail, begin your adventure at the Christmas village where there’s something fun for all the family from Santa to festive nibbles, Christmas shopping & nightly live Christmas carols.  Take the kids to Santa’s Woodland Grotto before popping along for a spin on the Victorian carousel & family rides.  Then follow an illuminated trail as it winds its way through an enchanting winter landscape, taking you off the beaten track to hidden parts of the Gardens.  Afterwards warm yourself with a mug of mulled wine & some tasty iced cinnamon stars.


Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland

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This year promises even more thrills, spectacle & Christmas magic at Hyde Park!  Winter Wonderland is free to enter, so you can wander through the park, soaking up the festive atmosphere & enjoy all the free entertainment on offer. However, if you want to go Ice Skating or book a show, these attractions sell very quickly so advance booking is highly recommended!  At Winter Wonderland there’s something for everyone, whether you want to make your child’s dream come true at Santa Land, brave the exciting thrill rides, or just warm up on a mulled wine & join in the fun in the lively Bavarian Village.


Days Out With Thomas – & Meet Father Christmas too

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If you have an avid Thomas the Tank Engine fan in your household, why not combine the two & visit Thomas & Santa at the same time!  Didcot Railway in Oxfordshire & Quainton in Buckinghamshire are both host to Thomas the Tank Engine & his Friends in the run-up to Christmas, offering unlimited rides, meeting Father Christmas & of course, the Fat Controller will be welcoming you!  Your family can join him for storytelling time & interactive re-enactments with Thomas & other characters throughout the day.


Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo

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Experience an unforgettable night time journey through the zoo – you’ll try lantern making, meet friendly festive characters, sample deliciously tasty treats & can add your Christmas wish to the Giant Wishing Tree.  Then turn the corner & outside the zoo’s magnificent manor house you’ll see beautiful animal lanterns – magical!  With the nocturnal sounds of the zoo, a little bit of festive cheer & a visit from Santa will ensure that your family enjoy a Christmas treat that they won’t forget!


Christmas at Longleat

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Board the Santa Special Train at Longleat Central bound for the enchanted snow-covered woods. Ho! Ho! Ho! Father Christmas is waiting in his log cabin to welcome every child with a special present. Experience the thrill & fun of outdoor real ice skating in the festive winter wonderland! Grab your woolly hat, wrap up in a cosy scarf & glide round the shimmering ice rink.  Join family & friends for skating every afternoon or after dark against the spectacularly floodlit backdrop of Longleat House. You can visit many of your favourite Longleat attractions too – go on a Safari Drive Adventure, get up close to the animals in Jungle Kingdom & so much more!

Legoland, Windsor


Journey to the heart of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort aboard the Bricksmas Express and discover a Christmas land with rides and attractions…Families can help build a giant festive LEGO model in the park and marvel at the stunning LEGO Christmas Tree.  Legoland elves will be looking for little helpers to help build LEGO gifts to take home and write letters to Father Christmas! The highlight of your day will be meeting Father Christmas in his magical grotto, where every child will receive a LEGO® gift… just follow his trusted elves!






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