From ice skating to Christmas-film nights, this time of year is all making memories with your nearest and dearest, these five things are sure to spark festive spirit.
With December fast approaching, we are looking forward to spending quality time with our families during the festive season. With many indoor and outdoor activities for all of the family to enjoy, here are just a few of our favourites to get you feeling Christmassy.
1. Outdoor ice skating
Don your skates and enjoy an enchanting hour or two on the ice (or hold onto the sides if you are unsteady on your feet). Remember to wrap up warm, and then grab a hot chocolate (mulled wine for the grown-ups) afterwards as an indulgent treat. If you’re London-based, you can’t beat Ice Skating at The National History Museum, a truly remarkable backdrop festooned with twinkling fairy lights, and framed with icicle-covered trees.
2. Building a gingerbread house
The ultimate family construction challenge, this is no easy feat, but the look and taste is worth it. The Christmas holidays provide the perfect excuse to while away an afternoon in the kitchen. Although they can be tricky, we have found this simple design that looks great and will taste even better (if you can bear to eat it after all your hard work).
3. Watching Christmas Films
Snuggle up and have a family sofa session, enjoying some classic Christmas films to get you in the festive spirit. Here are just a few of our favourites: Elf, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street – what are yours?
Snuggle up with a selection of cosy throws.
4. Decorating the tree
Put on some festive tunes (look out for our Christmas playlist, coming soon to the blog), put on your best knitted jumper and spend an afternoon decking the halls. Decorating the Christmas tree is a fun activity for all of the family to take part in, and something little ones will love. Watch our inspiring get-the-look videos, and find further ideas in our how to decorate your tree blog post.
5. Visiting Christmas markets
A trip to a glittering Christmas market will help everyone feel festive. From delicious food to fun rides and games for little ones, there’s something to entertain the whole family. With Christmas markets in most towns and cities, it’s a great idea to tie in some Christmas shopping – view our UK-based round-up for ideas.
Do you and your family have any festive traditions you enjoy every year? Share them below.