Christmas is soon approaching, and the festivities have definitely begun. After last year’s celebrations were put on hold, this Christmas is even more special. Christmas is the perfect time for being with loved ones and we have the perfect activities for you to do together, both at home Christmas activities and local Christmas events.
Christmas Activities at Home
There are plenty of ways to get creative this Christmas, from making homemade cards to building snowmen in the garden. Being creative can be beneficial for the full family; it can help improve your mood, boost your self-esteem and alleviate stress and anxiety. Christmas crafts are also an amazing way to decorate your house on a lower budget and keep your children busy until Santa arrives.
One of the easiest and most fun crafts is bauble painting for your tree, all you need are plain baubles, acrylic paint and your creativity. Another fun Christmas craft is building gingerbread houses, most supermarkets this year are selling gingerbread house kits if you don’t want to bake your own gingerbread. Building a gingerbread house can be used to start a friendly competition, which will be hours of Christmas fun. Finally, to help guide Santa and his reindeer to your house this Christmas, you can create your own reindeer food. This is a great way to keep the excitement for Santa alive while on a budget. To create reindeer food, all you need is uncooked oats and you can also add other ingredients like carrots or dried fruit. Then, just sprinkle some reindeer food across the garden on Christmas eve night and get ready for Santa and his reindeer to arrive.
Online Santa Tracker
Every year Google have a free online Santa tracker, which allows children to track what country Santa is in and where he is going to next. Google’s Santa tracker also offers games, videos and activities for children to do before Christmas eve. This is an amazing way for your children to get excited for Christmas and learn through the little activities that are added in daily.
Christmas Movie Night
With the dark nights and cold weather, it seems to be the perfect time to wrap up in a blanket, make some hot chocolate and watch Christmas movies. We have recommendations for you, from Christmas movie classics to family favourites.
One of our favourite movies to watch at Christmas is Home Alone. Home Alone follows eight-year-old Kevin who has been left at home, thieves try breaking into his house and Kevin soon realises it’s not easy being home alone. This movie combines slapstick comedy and Christmas perfectly for the full family to enjoy. Another Christmas favourite of ours is Love Actually, this follows eight couples trying to navigate their relationships in the run up to Christmas. Love Actually is the perfect rom-com for Christmas and has an incredible cast, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth and Keira Knightley. Finally, A Christmas Carol (1951) is one of our favourite Christmas Classics. A Christmas Carol follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a spiteful man, who encounters three spirits on Christmas who prompt him to become a better man.
Local Christmas Events
Pavilion Gardens’ Christmas Wonderland
Pavilion Gardens’ Christmas Wonderland is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, it is open from the 20th November until the 5th December. The Christmas Wonderland has plenty of activities, such as ice skating, Santa’s Grotto and children’s rides. There is also a range of food and drink stalls.
Treasure Island at Derby Theatre
From the 26th November until the 31st December, Treasure Island at Derby Theatre starts. A pirate-filled production perfect for the whole family. So, get ready to set sail on the high seas for an amazing adventure.
Meet Santa at Peak Wildlife Park
This Christmas from the 3rd December until the 24th December Santa will be visiting Peak Wildlife Park. Make Christmas magical, meet Santa and receive an early festive treat. The grotto is priced at £8 per child.
Matlock’s Christmas Market & Winter Food Festival
From the 19th December until the 20th December, Matlock’s Christmas Market & Winter Food Festival opens at Hall Leys Park. With over 170 stalls, you will be able to find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones. There will also be festive entertainment, which includes a Christmas parade, Fireworks and Santa’s Grotto.