Christmastime truly is the most wonderful time of the year for your little ones. They’ve (hopefully) been on their best behaviour all year to earn a place on Father Christmas’ nice list, so why not treat them to some fun festive activities before the big day? There are an abundance of family-friendly Christmas things to do across Staffordshire throughout December. Read on to find out the best activities you and your kids and enjoy this festive period.
Sandon Christmas Fair
Sandon Hall, Sandon
£4 for adults, under 16’s free
The Sandon Christmas Fair is the perfect place to get you in the festive mood and start the Christmas period the right way. Taking place at the breathtaking Sandon Hall, one of the most historic stately homes in Staffordshire, you and your kids will marvel at the hall’s stunningly opulent decorations. You’ll be able to keep yourselves entertained for hours walking around the fair’s array of stalls, which sell everything from jewellery and children’s toys, to artisan cosmetics and kitchenware.
Once you’ve finished shopping, you and the family can lose yourself singing along with the fair’s carol singers and watching the live entertainment on show. There’s even the chance for your littluns to meet Father Christmas himself with a visit to Santa’s Grotto, where they can also participate inseasonal craft activities and hunt for elves around Sandon Hall’s mammoth gardens. If you work up an appetite during all of this, fear not, for the Sandon Christmas Fair sells a huge selection of festive food and drink, including traditional Hog Roast baps and mulled wine for the grown ups.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland
Up to 31st December
£17.95 per person
A favourite amongst Staffordshire families, SnowDome’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland returns for its 14th year this Christmas. The day is a three part experience, which begins with Santa’s Christmas Snow Trail. Here, you and the kids walk through an enchanted forest and play around in real snow, slide down snow slides, ride on sledges, and more, with the forest’s authentic decorations and displays creating the perfect wintery backdrop.
Next, you’ll experience Santa’s Show, a stage show featuring Father Christmas himself and a whole host of other famous faces (we’ll let you find out who). Finally, your children will explode with excitement at the last part of Winter Wonderland experience, as they’ll get the opportunity to meet real reindeer whilst exploring the animal village. Your beaming kids will also be able to visit Santa’s house and send a letter to him through his talking postbox. Bringing alive the magic of Christmas, Santa’s Winter Wonderland is simply a must-visit for families.
The Snowman Tour
Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield
Tickets from £11
Experience the spellbinding The Snowman like never before with Carrot Production’s The Snowman Tour, a screening of the classic Christmas film accompanied by a live orchestra. You’ll get to hear some of the country’s best musicians perform Howard Blake’s iconic soundtrack—including the moving ‘Walking In the Air’—in perfect synchronicity with the famous festive film.
Also performing music in synchronisation with two other exclusive Christmas movies, A Donkey’s Tale and The Bear and the Piano, with the latter narrated by Joanna Lumley, The Snowman Tour is an enchanting festive experience that will appeal to both children and adults alike. Performed in the wondrous Lichfield Cathedral, there will barely be a dry eye in the house once the hour long show draws to a close.
Alton Towers, Alton
2nd, 9th, 16th-20th December
From £208 per family of four
For those wanting a full-on festive experience, then Alton Tower’s Santa’s Sleepover is the way to go. With an overnight stay at the resort, your kids won’t get to experience quite as much fun in such a short space of time anywhere else. The Christmas escape includes tickets to an Alice in Wonderland pantomime, entry to the theme park, nine holes of Crazy Golf, a visit from Santa and much more.
What’s more, families are treated to a festive evening meal and a mouth-watering breakfast buffet, as well as a choice between four of the resort’s themed accommodation, including cBeebies Land Hotel and the Enchanted Village Luxury Treehouses. A jam-packed Christmas getaway that your kids will never forget, Santa’s Sleepover is the ideal family Christmas break.
From Christmas fairs to the delights of one of the UK’s best theme parks, Staffordshire has all you need for a fun-filled festive period with your littluns.
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