It is true what they say: you may never truly appreciate just how magical Christmas can be unless you are a child, have children of your own, or spend time with those of friends and family. There is something inherently enchanting about planning the perfect Christmas for children, enabling you to recapture that sparkle for yourself. Are you ready for a little festive inspiration?
Christmas magic – wherever you liv
The great news is that it doesn’t matter where you live, there is bound to be a Christmas day out for your whole family to enjoy just beyond your front door. Winter Wonderlands, for example, crop up each year. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is often touted as the country’s best for good reason; it features fairground rides, an ice rink, a magical ice kingdom, and circus shows throughout the day
Christmas markets are also a fantastic way to spend a cold winter’s day, and Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is, again, one of the country’s best. Imagine, a pop-up village dedicated to Christmas, with traditional food and drink, gifts, entertainment, and an atmosphere that is like no other; you’ll keep the magic with you long after you’re tucked up at home again. There’s something magical about steam trains regardless of the time of year, so imagine how enchanting a heritage railway Santa experience would be for visitors of any age. The Polar Express Train Ride, which takes place on the Weardale and Dartmoor railways brings the incredible story to life
If you’re struggling to get into the Christmas spirit, can we suggest filling a day with lights and sparkle? Attending a Christmas light switch on event is one of the very best ways to get ready for the festive period, and, with towns up and down the country adopting the tradition, you’re bound to find an event near you. London’s illuminations are world-renowned, with the shop windows of Oxford Street and Regent Street, among others, making an extra-magical effort each year. Children will love the anticipation that accompanies light events, while adults will be able to combine Christmas spirit with last minute shopping. Perfect.
Christmas magic as it should be
For a Christmas that is filled with magic it’s about time to you took your family to experience Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. Whether you’re a huge fan of the books and films or not, everything that you need for a truly spectacular festive visit is here; a Great Hall decked out with trees, decorations, and a roaring fire, a Christmassy platform from which to board the Hogwart’s Express, a cosy common room to enjoy a beverage or two with friends, and a castle dusted with snow. The studio tour features everything that you may remember from the film series, including film sets painstakingly brought to life, animatronics to wonder and delight over, outdoor sets to explore, and a huge gift shop stocked with mementos. Hogwarts in the Snow runs from the end of November until the end of January – book your tour date today.
Whatever you decide to do this Christmas, do remember to conduct your research; where is your event taking place? How will you get there? How much is it likely to cost? Pre-book your tickets to events to avoid disappointment, and remember to take your Christmas spirit with you!