Christmas is inching ever closer and it’s an exciting time for everyone – especially if you’re smaller than one of Santa’s elves. As tempting as it may be to stay indoors and escape the cold, there are so many Christmassy things to do and see that will not only kick start that festive feeling, but will keep the kids entertained and avoid the dreaded cabin fever before the new school term starts.
So, to help you enjoy all the anticipation and excitement of the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve gathered 11 magical and fun-filled things to do over the Christmas break that the whole family will enjoy. From indoor snowboarding, ice skating and meeting Santa, to watching the latest films on the big screen, get ready for a Christmas break to remember…
Go skiing and snowboarding
Hit the slopes with the whole family this winter at the longest indoor snow slope in the UK. Whether you’re a beginner learning how to ski or a pro at snowboarding, there’s an ice wall to be conquered plus an ice bar for mum and dad to chill in while the kids have fun.
Visit Santa’s grotto
Perfect for little kids (and big kids at heart) , plan a trip to meet Saint Nick and share the Christmas wish list that has had them on their best behaviour all year long. Because Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to see jolly old Santa Claus, right?
Find a grotto at an intu centre near you:
Watch a Christmas movie
Grab the kids, grandparents and a large box of popcorn (and maybe some sweets) before sitting down to watch the latest films on the big screen. From Frozen 2 to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the whole family will be happily occupied. Check out what’s showing at your local cinema:
Attend Elf University at intu Chapelfield
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Come to Elf University and get your children an Elf-ducation in being Santa's little helpers. Today, Elves In Training can get involved in the hat design department to look the part, and tomorrow there will be a musical workshop. Pick up your Elf Passport on lower ground mall to get started. It's time to get your jingle bells on! . . . . #elfuniversity #events #whatson #norwich #shopping #kids #dayout #christmas #fun #weekend
Does your little one have what it takes to become one of Santa’s elves? Sign up to be part of Elf University and learn to communicate through Elf code, see how the North Pole works and learn about Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. Find out if you are a South or North Pole elf, and gain a graduation certificate at the end which you can frame and be proud of.
Walk through the festive forest
Filled with fun and interactive games for children of all ages, intu Derby’s festive forest is not one to be missed. Come the 22 November, kids will also be able to dive into a snow ball pool, zoom down glacier slides and show off at the ice-cool play area.
Dress up a tree with John Lewis & Partners
Fancy learning how to dress the perfect Christmas tree this year? Head straight to John Lewis & Partners at intu Eldon Square for tips and tricks on how to create the perfect Instagrammable tree.
Have tea with Father Christmas
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Someone very exciting is coming for tea! 🎅🏻 . Join us for a jolly Christmas tea with Santa each Thursday, Friday and Saturday. . As you will know Santa is a very popular guy so booking is essential! Visit our customer services on the 2nd floor to book. . Product codes; 60136402 60133809 60136407 68293701 68295306 68290704 . #wearepartners #inspire @johnlewisandpartners #christmas #countdowntochristmas #herecomesantaclaus #meetsanta #teawithsanta #fatherchristmas #feelingfestive #christmasevent #christmasfun #christmastea #christmashome #🎅🏻#christmasexcitment #christmasnewcastle #whatsonnewcastle #johnlewisnewcastle #eldonsquare #intueldonsquare
Not only will you be clinking teacups with Santa Claus at intu Eldon Square, little ‘uns will also take part in special arts and craft activities, and will receive a goodie bag at the end of the day. It’s Christmas day come early.
Visit the upside down house
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Get ready to see things from a different perspective with the Upside Down House - opening this week at intu Lakeside! You’re going to love our brand new optical illusion attraction. It’s the perfect opportunity for super cool selfies! Check out our website for more info 👀🏠 #upsidedownhouse
Defy the laws of gravity when you and your family step inside the Upside Down house currently at intu Lakeside and intu Trafford Centre. You’ll find the house lying on its roof, and once you step foot inside you’ll realise that everything isn’t what it seems.
Get immersed in the Arctic Experience
intu Metrocentre has brought the outdoors in this year with their magical Arctic Experience. Whether you can triple pirouette or simply slip and slide around like Bambi, soak in the festive atmosphere on the ice rink. Watch the snow fall indoors and visit Santa at his new grotto or dip into a ball pool and snap an adorable family photo for the mantelpiece.
Join the Once Upon A Time Christmas Parade
Ready for a magical and festive day out for the whole family to enjoy? Good, because intu Trafford Centre’s Once Upon A Time Christmas Parade will have you singing and dancing all day long. Meet character favourites like Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, Paw Patrol, The Clangers and more, as well as Santa himself. Oh, and the Grinch will be there on his best behaviour (fingers crossed).
Watch West End Kids Christmas show
Having wowed audiences all over the world, intu Trafford Centre has a special treat for visitors this Christmas holiday. West End Kids, an elite song and dance troupe, will be performing for one day only. Get ready for a show that the family won’t be forgetting in a hurry…