Monthly Parenting Magazine

What’s on: Christmas Round up


Christmas performances, festive fun and visits with Santa await your little elves..


Bath Christmas Market

22 November-9 December  Bath, Somerset
Sustainability lies at the heart of the market this year, with decorations forged from empty plastic bottles. On Saturdays visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including a special kids’ café, festive storytelling, Christmas arts and crafts and face-painting. With over 160 chalets, you’re sure to find something for everyone.



On the menu this month: Grimm Tales and well-loved classics


Once Upon A Christmas…

13 November-6 January

Weston Theatre
Enter a perilous world of murderous stepmothers and fearless children. Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales are suitable for ages eight and up.




The Nutcracker

28-31 December

Royal Albert Hall
Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its specially created version of this classic to the Royal Albert Hall. An enchanting, quintessential Christmas treat.




2-29 December

The Albany
A jaw-dropping circus, hilarious puppets, and a magical set and soundtrack combine  in this new look at the well-known story. Plenty to keep adults and children engaged.



Legoland Christmas

Throughout weekends in December

Legoland Windsor Resort
Discover an enchanted Christmas land where little ones can meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto. In Miniland, Christmas comes to life while elves are on the lookout for little helpers to write letters to Father Christmas, and build candy canes and festive decorations.



The Snowman

20 December

Royal Albert Hall
Now in its record-breaking 21st year, this twinkling production of Raymond Briggs’ beautifully illustrated book is a magical mix of exquisite dancing and live music. It’s an essential part of London’s Christmas calendar (featuring the timeless Walking in the Air) and a perfect introduction of dance to young children.




Outer space adventure

Throughout December

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Santa and his elves are back at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium and this time they are joined by Jack and the Beanstalk. This is a Christmas experience like no other, with a live science show inspired by the classic children’s tale, an elf-led activity, Christmas planetarium session and chance to meet Santa. Tickets are expected to sell quickly.


3 Places for Festive Fun


Create Christmas

Throughout November and December

The Geffrye Museum
An array of exciting events is on offer at The Geffrye this festive season. We love the look of the screen printing workshop – print your own wrapping paper! Equally tempting is the Make A Winter Wellness Survival Kit.



Take to the ice

23 November-6 January

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Returning to Hampton Court is not only the Ice Rink, but the popular Festive Fayre. The building’s courtyards will be filled with 80 stalls featuring mince pies, mulled wine and a host of treats guaranteed to set mouths watering.



Christmas at Kew

22 November-5 January

Kew Gardens
Kew’s spectacular after-dark landscape is transformed by a host of newly commissioned artworks of light and sound. Highlights include 300 glowing origami boats on Kew’s glistening lake.