Christmas Activities to do With Children this December

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When it comes to the Christmas season, there are a number of fun and affordable activities that you can do as a family. Many of these can be done from the comfort of your own home, but there are also tons of things to do out and about, which are certain to bring the festive vibes this December.

1. Making Gingerbread Houses

Making gingerbread houses is a fun and inexpensive way to get your kids into the Christmas spirit. There are a number of supermarkets that sell gingerbread house kits, or you can make them yourself if you’re feeling particularly creative. To spice things up, why not organise a gingerbread house decorating competition with your family to add an imaginative element to this festive activity? 

woman decorating a gingerbread house with her two children infront of the christmas tree

2. Christmas Workshops

There are a number of Christmas themed workshops throughout the UK, ideal for families who like to get creative. If you’re in the London area, Old Spitalfields Market is hosting a Santa’s Grotto and card making workshop on selective dates from the 3rd to the 24th of December. This event is ideal for children who like to get stuck into arts and crafts, and gives them the opportunity to meet Santa Claus! 

To find out more about the Old Spitalfields Market Santa’s Grotto and Card Making Workshop, visit this link

photo of christmas arts and crafts on a table

3. Visiting Garden Centres

Taking your children to garden centres is a fun and budget-friendly way to occupy them, due to the glittering range of decorations that they tend to stock. Additionally, there are typically some impressive festive displays and wintry animatronics in garden centres, making them an excellent place to visit on the weekends. Many of these shops also feature a Santa’s Grotto where kids can go and meet Father Christmas and get a present.

photo of christmas ornaments on a shelf

4. Christmas Arts and Crafts

There are plenty of Christmassy arts and crafts that you can do with your children as an exciting after-school or afternoon activity. From cutting out paper snowflakes to making festive posters, these kinds of hobbies really encourage children to use their imaginations. 

photo of a paper snowflake

5. Festive Baking

Baking in general is a great way to bond with children and teach them how to make delicious treats! Whether you make something traditional like a Christmas cake or a Yule log, or you get inventive create something original, baking is a wonderful way to teach kids important life skills while having fun. 

photo of a woman and her two children doing christmas baking in the kitchen

6. Christmas Light Displays

Going on a winter walk to see some of your local Christmas lights is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon, plus it can make for a cute and wintry photo opportunity! After you’ve been to see some twinkling light displays, why not stop at a cafe for a warming hot chocolate?

photo of a house covered in extravagant christmas lights

7. Pantomime’s

Pantomimes are undoubtedly popular amongst families and make for a fun day out during the Christmas season! If you’re not sure whether a theatre near you is putting on a pantomime this December, then give it a quick Google search. Pantomimes are particularly popular on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, so make sure to secure your tickets early.

photo of actors bowing at the end of a show at the theatre

10. Christmas Markets

Christmas markets can appeal to people of all ages, and with a range of stalls and delicious street food, you can rarely go wrong. Many Christmas markets also feature onsite activities like live entertainment, workshops, or even an ice rink! Check out our blog about the best Christmas markets in the UK by visiting this link.

photo of a wooden christmas stall at a christmas market