The Christmas holiday is almost upon us and with presents already under the tree, cash-strapped parents will be wondering how they are going to keep the kids entertained throughout December.
To help families save a pretty penny this season, Voucherbox.co.uk has collated activities for a group of four* to do for under £40 in Edinburgh and Glasgow, London and York. From visits to Lapland and showcasing artistic flair… this money saving website has the holidays covered.
Treat the little ones to the ultimate festive day out at the UK’s biggest winter wonderland which is located in Hyde Park. On entering which is free you will enjoy a sprawling celebration of all that is Christmas, at Winter Wonderland 2017 you’ll find winter markets, festive fairground rides, ice skating, warming winter street food, cosy wooden grottos and, of course, gallons of glühwein.
Cost: Free to enter, pay for activities as you go such as ice skating, food stalls and visits to see Father Christmas. Seats for the shows and tables in the bars can be booked in advanced on the Winter Wonderland website or on arrival.
Sing along songs
You and the children can enjoy hearing festive songs ring out across the iconic Trafalgar Square during the annual Christmas carol performances.
In the build-up to Christmas, 40 carol groups each sing for an hour beneath the world-famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree (an annual gift from Norway since 1947). These free Christmas carol concerts in Trafalgar Square raise funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.
Cost: Free, a donation to charity is recommended
See the Snowman
Taking place this weekend – 16th December there will be a special screening of The Snowman in York Minster – accompanied by a full orchestra – how magical will that be? Absolutely perfect for York at Christmas. Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are bringing their Snowman magic to York Minster on 16 December with two performances. They will also be showing The Nutcracker. I suspect tickets will sell out for such a unique event, so do get in quick. There are screenings at other cathedrals throughout the UK, including Liverpool, Lichfield, Durham, Worcester and Coventry Cathedrals – as well as the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom and beautiful Hull City Hall.
Cost: Tickets range from £12 to £24
Santa Claus is coming to town
Bringing the North Pole to the capital, Santa Land in Edinburgh is the perfect day out to into the spirit of things. With a number of attractions on from a Christmas Tree Maze to the Reindeer Ride, the enchanted winter wonderland is not short of excitement. Of course, the little ones also get a chance to meet the main man himself to tell of all their Christmas wishes inside Santa’s Grotto, meet his helpers and even get their hands on a wee gift.
Cost: £29 – entrance into the park is free with tickets for the Grotto costing £8 per child, maze entry £3.50 for persons under 13-years-old, and £3 for the Reindeer Ride.
See a show
Pay a visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland which is located in Glasgow nd enjoy the magical story of One More Sleep ‘til Christmas. The play tells the tale of seven jolly sibling tucked away in a cosy bed who can’t sleep knowing Santa’s on his way! An intimate setting for children between the ages of 3-6 years old, the Guys Holland production is a fun filled show to get everyone in the festive mood.
Cost: A family ticket for four people is priced at £32.
Hollywood from home
Glasgow’s classic cinema, The Grosvenor is the gateway to all the latest blockbusters in 2D or 3D at a competitive rate. Whether it’s a film to have the whole family laughing or an action-packed flick to keep you on the edge of your seats, there’s a film for everyone this Christmas. The movie hub even hosts children’s screenings every weekend, which offers discounted tickets for the little ones with tickets at just £4 per child.
Cost: The average entrance price for a family of four is £25.