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It’s time to plan the entertainment for the festive period

Now is the perfect time to start planning your Christmas entertainment so that you can enjoy the festivities with friends and family. Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, which means making plans can be quite difficult, so let’s take a look at what you can get up to in the next two months.

Santa Grottos

Any parent will know that meeting with Santa can be tricky business due to his popularity. It seems to be that the earlier you book the better, especially as there may be limited time slots. In case you haven’t booked yours yet, we’ve picked some of the top places to visit Santa.

Plan now so you can enjoy the magical experience with your loved ones and capture life-long memories.

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Winter Wonderland
Frosts Garden Centres
Skylark Garden Centre
Edinburgh Zoo

Light it up!

In the last few years illuminated trails have become increasingly popular for both family and friend get togethers. In most cases, your four-legged fur friend can also join you! Going to see Christmas lights and walking amongst the lit up trails is a fantastic way to celebrate the festivities and is perfect for everyone in the group!

Most trails will also have Christmas stalls, which are fantastic for finding unique, one of a kind gifts that you may not find on the high street. During your trail, make a stop and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine, or better yet, enjoy some toasted marshmallows or food from independent food stalls.

You can find illuminated trails all over the UK, however we’ve picked our top 5 for you!

• Christmas at Stourhead: 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022
• Christmas at Bedgebury: 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022
• Christmas at Belton: 25th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022
• Christmas at Delamere Forest: 26th November 2021 – 31st December 2022
• Christmas at the Botanics: 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Panto time

Everyone knows that Christmas time is pantomime time! If you’ve watched The Snowman or The Nutcracker 700 times then this is your sign to ditch the TV, and try a night at the panto instead.

With theatres re-opening and getting rid of the lockdown cobwebs, we’re definitely ready for some fantastic Christmas memories at the panto with our friends and family. Whether it’s a classic to spread the festive spirit, or a new family favourite to greet the Christmas season, seeing a show is going to raise your spirits and release any stress that the holidays are bringing you!

Party time

Christmas 2020 was the one that wasn’t. As events were cancelled, the amount of people we could see was limited, many of us unfortunately were not able to see our loved ones over the Christmas period. This year, let’s turn that around and make it a celebration to remember, and create memories to treasure forever. Now is the perfect time to get something put in the diary with your friends and family!

Whether it’s a big get together or something low-key, we’ve got you covered no matter how you like to celebrate!

Have a tree party

Decorating doesn’t need to be a challenging task, make it an event this year!

Choose a date and start time and get everyone involved. You could divide the tasks by room and once that’s done, all come together at the end to decorate the tree. If you really wanted to push the boat out, invite extended family members too, the more the merrier they say!

Personalising your decorations adds something extra special to your home. Whether that’s festive family photos in your living room or baubles with everyone’s name on the Christmas tree.

If you live alone or as part of a couple, inviting friends over to help decorate the tree can be just as exciting. You can put on a Christmas playlist and prepare some festive treats to have whilst you decorate and make it an occasion.

Organise a big get-together

Why do we just see our friends and family on Christmas day? Spread it over a few weeks and make the most of the festivities this year – we’ve earnt it! Whether it’s family or friends (or both!), invite them round earlier and have a celebratory meal together.

Maybe you’re doing Secret Santa this year with friends? Plan a date to exchange gifts and set a dress code to ‘Christmas’ to make it extra special. Who knows, someone might dress up as Santa!

If you’re not doing a Christmas dinner for this party, try an alternative dinner or even a take away of what everyone likes and relax with some mulled wine and a movie!

Alternatively, for those that like to get dressed up, book a venue and get dressed up to the nines and party away. This is a fantastic way to get together, especially for larger groups of people that may be tricky to fit in one house! Hurry though, as restaurants and venues tend to book up very quickly over the Christmas period.

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