4 Christmas Holidays in the UK for Kids

With the Christmas holiday season here again, it’s time to think about what family activity holidays to do over the festive break. Luckily, the UK is packed with places where the whole family can enjoy wonderful Christmas family holidays. Here are four holidays in the UK that both kids and parents will find as enjoyable as a meeting with Santa himself. Though in fact… you can do that too!


Pantomime fun in London

Of all the UK’s many and varied Christmas traditions, none is more popular with kids than the pantomime. Affectionately known throughout the country as “panto” and part of the British Christmas tradition for hundreds of years, these comic plays are guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s face. The best of them, like the extravaganza at the Hackney Empire theatre, will be remembered for a long time. They include comedy, drama, excitement, celebrity appearances and plenty of audience participation! Staying in London is an exciting experience in itself, with literally hundreds of attractions to explore, especially along the River Thames.

Shopping for crafts in Birmingham

England’s second largest city has completely reinvented itself in the last few years, and it’s now a must-see destination for everyone. The weeks leading up to Christmas see Birmingham host one of the largest outdoor markets in the country, with stallholders flying in from Frankfurt and joining local traders to sell a huge variety of crafts, toys and food. There won’t be many kids who can resist a delicious slice of Stollen cake, or a wooden model frog that makes realistic croaking sounds! The city is also home to a funfair throughout the Christmas holiday period, and a trip on the big wheel is definitely one for the whole family to enjoy.

Sleepover with Santa at Alton Towers

Alton Towers, one of the most famous and popular theme parks in the UK, runs a series of Santa Sleepover parties over the Christmas period. You can stay in one of the attraction’s range of themed hotels, enjoy a mouth-watering Christmas dinner and keep out the cold by watching Ice Age films in the welcoming, cosy cinema. The big draw, though, is the chance for your kids to get to meet Father Christmas himself! After a meeting with Santa’s reindeer, they’ll be taken to Santa’s hidden grotto – an experience they’ll never forget! Parents aren’t forgotten either, with plenty of entertainment laid on in the evenings.

The great outdoors – indoors! – at Center Parcs

Although the British weather is not usually at its best in December, that doesn’t mean you and your kids have to stay inside all day. Center Parcs’ four UK locations, ranging from Cumbria to Suffolk, are all set in beautiful woodland scenery, and all offer plenty of options for a fun, active break. Cycling trails are laid out within the grounds, as well as a huge, heated pool where the kids can splash around to their hearts’ content. There’s also plenty to do, with activities galore laid on, some of which have a special Christmas theme. All the venues are decorated for the holidays, so relax and enjoy!

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