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Need some amazing ideas for family days out in December? Join the elves at London Zoo, take a tour of Hogwarts or head to the UK's very own Lapland! You'll find spellbinding Santa's Grottos, festive ice rinks and real reindeer in our list of the top yuletide experiences to take the kids to during Christmas 2016...
A very special guest is visiting Legoland Windsor this year (clue: he has a big round tummy and says ho ho ho!) Yes, that's right, you can meet Father Christmas at the magical land of Lego this season! With plenty of exciting rides and attractions, Santa's Grotto, an elf workshop and 8m high lego Xmas tree, it'll be a truly festive day for everyone involved. Save up to 5% when you book before the end of November.
Cast a Christmas spell on your kids this winter and head to the magical festive attraction that's home to real reindeer, hardworking elves and a very special Santa's grotto that will bring Lapland to life! Make gingerbread men, put toys together and meet Father Christmas himself at this wondrous attraction. Tickets start at £65.50 per person and are available online or by phone.
Their night time lantern magic show may sadly already have sold out this year, but there's still plenty of fun to be had. Enjoy lunch in the historic Oakfield House, have Father Christmas himself read stories to your little 'un or walk around an enchanted torch-lit forest. Prices range from £24-£20 for children and adults. Families can make even bigger savings - up to 16%. Just add at least three Adult/Child tickets and we'll work out the saving for you.
The supermarket is set to launch Specialbuys Ski lessons for the first time as part of its Specialbuys Ski offering. As part of its ‘Ski For All’ campaign, which aims to make skiing more accessible to all, Aldi will offer ski lessons, passes and equipment hire at top UK resort, CairnGorm Mountain Resort, for just £74 for adults and £53 for kids – available to book on Cairngormmountain.org from 27th November. Picture: Aldi
London's Winter Wonderland is a magical park of Christmas fun. From ice kingdoms to fairground rides, Santa Land, German-style markets, Zippos Circus and a fab ice rink, there's something for everyone. So let the kids play, tuck into a strudel and get dad a stein, because Christmas isn't Christmas without a trip here in December. The attraction itself is free but tickets are needed for ice skating, the circus, rides and the ice bar. Note: The Magical Ice Kingdom goes down to -8 degrees!
Take the kids on a time travelling adventure in the stunning location of the New Forest. In Palace House, Beaulieu, children can celebrate Christmas the Victorian way in period costumes as they stand round a grand piano to sing carols, drink fruit punch by the fire and take in one of the largest Christmas trees in the world! Tickets cost between £12-24 for kids and adults respectively, but only £19 and £9 respectively if booked in advance.
The Harry Potter Warner Bros studio tour has had a Christmas makeover! Hogwarts will be filled with festive decorations including the actual golden partridges, baubles and props seen in the Philosopher's Stone as well as a fire in the Great Hall all the presents the characters received including his invisibility cloak. To hire the whole package for your exclusive use costs £125.
There's nothing like an afternoon of ice skating to get you into the Christmas spirit. Yorkshire's very own Winter Wonderland has opened up the north of England's largest outdoor ice rink surrounded by an illuminated forest and cosy alpine cabins for extra festive cheer. You can skate, shop and dine at the festive event. Tickets cost £10.45 for kids, £9.45 for adults, plus family and group packages are available.
If your little ones love being outdoors, this attraction makes the perfect Christmas trip! The nature trail at Westonbirt Arboretum has been lit up by a whopping 1,000 twinklers creating a mile-long illuminated walkway that looks truly magical. Santa and his reindeers also put in an appearance at this day out with a difference. The trail opens at 5pm from 25th November. The last entry to the car park is at 7pm and the last entry to the trail is at 7.30pm. Adult cost £12.
Edinburgh's Santa Land is a fab day out for the family on the run up to Christmas. Watch their headline circus show 'Beyond', take your turn on the Princes Street Garden's Ice Rink, scale and ice wall of visit Santa's Grotto and the Children's Market, you could spend all day exploring the magic of the city's attraction. What's more, EH postcode holders get 20% off all shows, rides & attractions!