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LittleBird’s Christmas Bumper Guide

15 December 2021 - 16 January 2022

LittleBird rounded up some great activities and events to help you and your family stay entertained, inspired and active throughout the festive holidays with the only problem, how to fit it all in!

There’s plenty of festive fun to be had from Ice skating to Christmas films, from meeting Santa to seeing fantastical light festivals! Plus if you can’t get anywhere or prefer the comfort of home, why not check out A Christmas Carol – The Virtual Performance by Charles Dickens Museum or an online panto! Plus there’s Christmassy crafts galore including elf baubles, how to make your own wrapping paper and reindeer sprinkle dust as well as our top picks of festive podcasts, with something for everyone.

TOP PICKS OF THINGS TO DO 

Christmas lights and winter illuminations at the National Trust, UK Wide

Explore the grounds of your favourite National Trust garden, park and estate after dark and see dazzling winter light displays throughout the Christmas holidays that promise to lift your spirits.

If you prefer to cozy up at home in the evening, there’s plenty going on in the day with Father Christmas visits, Christmas markets and fairs, plus there’s a Percy the park Keeper Trail.

Find out what’s on this Christmas near you here.

The Luna Cinema’s Winter Season, until 23rd December, various locations

There’s no better way of getting into the Christmas spirit than cosying up to watch classic films alongside family and friends in fittingly festive surroundings. With a selection of drive-in and indoor screenings at venues including Kensington Palace, Battersea Arts Centre, the NEC and Brands Hatch, you can expect all the classics with Luna Cinema’s Winter season.

With Christmas-themed food and drink items available at both the drive-in and Luna indoor venues from mulled wine to hot chocolate, there’s also a limited-edition Festive Box, which contains sweet treats, mince pies and popcorn.

Join the Family Pass and get 10% off your tickets, to find out more, click here.

Find out more here!

The Gingerbread City, Belgravia, until 9th January 2022

Expect the unconventional and mesmerising from this mini edible city. The Gingerbread City™ is an annual exhibition where architects, designers and engineers create an entire city made of gingerbread. Aiming to connect the public with architecture through an innovative display designed for the holiday season, the exhibition raises money to support the Museum of Architecture as a charity and helps to create programming, exhibitions and events. There are workshops running too where you can make your own gingerbread house.

Tickets are £14 for Adults, Under 12’s – £8.50.

To find out more and book tickets, click here.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, until 3rd January 2022

This year, you must book your tickets in advance to keep everyone safe. Immerse yourself in all things festive with Santa Land, ice skating, Zippos Circus, Christmas Markets, an ice slide and ice Sculpting, fairground rides,  entertainment, food, drinks and so much more.

Entry is free during off peak periods with tickets £5 & £7.50 in peak period. Rides are  an additional cost.

To find out more & book tickets, click here.

The Fir Tree at Shakespeare’s Globe, London,  20th – 30th December

Enjoy a festive treat in the outdoor Globe Theatre for a magical re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Fir Tree.

Let imaginations run wild as the Globe transforms into a forest, take part in carol-singing and tree-decorating, and enjoy a tale that reminds us that we all have a part to play in taking care of our planet.

With a hot chocolate (or mulled wine!) in hand, join Shakespeare’s Globe under a wintry sky for this wonderfully festive dose of storytelling, puppetry and hope.

Tickets from £5. Find out more here.

From 27th December, you can get 30% off tickets (excluding £5 standing tickets) exclusive to LittleBird using code: 73253. Click here.

Lightopia, London, Manchester & Alton Towers, until 2nd January 2022

An award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival. Explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations, and the magical illuminated trails. Each location promises a unique themed Christmas light trail for you to experience.

Tickets from £20 for adults, £13.50 for kids (may vary depending on location)

To find out more, click here and for 20% off London tickets, click here.

Epping Ongar Light Fantastic, Essex, until 9th January 2022

A train with a twist – adorned with hundreds of colourful lights and specially illuminated lineside displays, on board narration and music it promises a magical experience. With a specially designed show to highlight Epping Ognar Railway stations, rural setting and woodlands, that you can experience from the comfort of a train carriage.

Tickets are £20 per person inclusive of train travel.

To find out more, click here.

Circus 1903 at Royal Festival Hall, London, 16th December – 2nd January 2022

Circus 1903 is back this Christmas, bringing all the spectacular thrills and daredevil spills of the golden age of the big top. Expect acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, a death-defying high-wire act and sensational life-sized elephants, created by the puppeteers behind War Horse.

To get up to 35% off your tickets click here.

Meet Santa and help fix his sleigh! At the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, until 23rd December

If you’re heading to Covent Garden for some Christmas shopping, make time for a visit to the London Transport Museum. With tons of festive fun promised including the brand new interactive ‘Fix Santa’s Sleigh!’, the chance to meet Santa and his Elf in a magical winter garden (from 11am-3pm until 23 December), plus a festive trail around the Museum galleries with weekly prizes up for grabs.

Adults £18.50 with tickets valid for a year – children go free, plus all events are free once you’re in.

To find out more and book tickets, click here.

While you’re in Covent Garden, make sure you grab a selfie in front of this year’s pink Christmas Tree

The Snowman, Sadler’s Wells (Peacock Theatre), Holborn until 2nd January 2022

Delighting audiences for 23 years, this magical stage adaption of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book, and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery wonderland of a boy and a snowman that comes to life.

Tickets from £17. Check it out here.

Queen’s House Ice Rink, Greenwich, until 9th January 2022

Get your skates on at the Queen’s House Ice Rink, Greenwich. Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the spacious grounds of Royal Museums Greenwich, the Queen’s House Ice Rink is a magical place to skate. Enjoy unbeatable views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink.

Tickets from £15 adults and £8.50 kids

To find out more and book tickets, click here.

Palace of Stardust, Hampton Court, until 3rd January 2022

This Christmas, prepare to be swept up in a whimsical world of planets and stars on an enchanting new light trail at Hampton Court Palace. As dusk falls across this magnificent former royal home, an atmospheric, fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials is just waiting to be discovered.

Tickets Adult £12.50, Kids £8.00, Under 5’s go free and do not need a ticket.

Find out more here.

Christmas Adventure Quest, English Heritage, various locations, until 2nd January 2022

Explore English Heritage historic places with a festive family-friendly adventure quest. Follow the trail, find the clues and discover amazing stories and secrets.

To find out more, click here.

Christmas at St Paul’s Cathedral, until 9th January 2022

Enjoy family trails and multimedia guides, sparkling Christmas trees, and amazing views from the Dome Galleries.

Tickets: Adults £17.00 and kids go free from 17th December 2021 – 9th January 2022.

Click here for Kids Go Free.

Christmas Past at the Museum of the Home, Shoreditch, until 9th January 2022

The Museum of the Home has reinstated their Rooms Through Time that are dressed to show how people have celebrated Christmas and other Winter events in their home over the past 400 years.

From the Midwinter festival to the Millennium party, enjoy the chance to explore and learn how and why homes were decorated and winter events celebrated. Find out where Boxing Day got its name from and why the Christmas tree first appeared in our homes.

To find out more, click here.

The Ever After Garden, Grosvenor Square, throughout December

Throughout December London’s Grosvenor Square will be illuminated with thousands of white roses. Visitors can dedicate their own illuminated rose to a loved one online or in person at the garden, in return for a donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

To find out more, click here.

Gruffalo in the Forest and Festive forest fun activities

When it’s time to get out and enjoy some fresh air, head to the deep dark wood to discover orienteering trails and giant Gruffalo sculptures, plus an augmented reality app.

Before you go, check out Forestry England’s Festive Family Activity sheets. From making the perfect decorations to getting arty with leaves collected from the forest floor, enjoy craft ideas here.

OUR VIRTUAL TOP PICKS CALENDAR DATES

Father Christmas Reads The Polar Express, every Saturday & Sunday in December at 5pm

Storystock – in association with Andersen Press – presents a live streaming from Father Christmas’s fireside chair straight into your home. Sit snugly in your pyjamas and listen to Father Christmas reading you his favourite story, The Polar Express, and personally sending you his Christmas wishes.

This online immersive experience aims to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and Storystock has been working closely with Santa’s elves to put together a truly festive bundle of fun. Tickets from £3.50 per household

Find out more here.

The Bird and Sealion Show Christmas Party Live, 12pm, Saturday 18th December @ 12pm

You’re invited to the Flamingo Land Christmas party which will be streaming live from the Bird and Sealion show. Join via the Attractions Near Me Facebook Page at 12.00pm when a number of stars from the Bird show will be making an appearance. There’s lots of interactive fun and live entertainment on offer for all the family. Plus you can join in the fun and let the team know if your children have been naughty or nice and they’ll read out their names and their Christmas wish list – which one of the birds will then drop into Santa’s postbox! Fill out the form here.

Watch the live event on the Attractions Near Me Facebook page here.

Doodling Stars, Saturday 18th December @ 11.30am

Join Maths On Toast this festive season for some star gazing in this interactive live make-a-long event. Enjoy drawing or doodling your own stars! Did you know that we can use 2D shapes to help create stars with varying numbers of points? Join in to find out how!

Maths On Toast is a UK charity with a mission to make everyone, kids and parents too, positive about maths.

To join the event for free and find out what you need to take part, click here.

Onceupona Children’s Christmas Festival 2021, Little Supernovas & Onceupona, 18th – 24th December

Back with another festival for Christmas 2021, join Little Suppernovas & Onceupona for another week of children’s storytelling and theatre! Enjoy stories including The Snow Bear with Hoglets Theatre,  The Gingerbread Man with Above Bounds and  A Winter Wander Tale with Wander Tales with Christmas Eve promising Santa’s Sing-A-Long & Stories.

Tickets £3.50 per household. Aimed at ages 2 – 8

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

A Christmas Carol – The Virtual Performance, Charles Dickens Museum,Sunday 19th December @ 3pm and Wednesday 22nd December @ 10am

Enjoy Dominic Gerrard’s celebrated adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This magical production, directed by the Tony Award-winning Tim Carroll, has been filmed exclusively inside the house where Dickens once lived and wrote.

Shot by candlelight, Dickens’ heartwarming narrative is told with haunting puppetry created by Mandarava and a Christmas soundscape led by Alexis Bennett on the violin.

Tickets £15 per device. To find out more & to book, click here.

And if you have someone at home studying A Christmas Carol for their GCSE, you might be interested in this Virtual Family Workshop, exploring A Christmas Carol click here.

V & A’s Families Online Making Workshop: Paper Creations, Tuesday 21st December @ 11am, 2pm & 4pm

Take part in the V & A’s festive online digital workshop and make your own paper creation with graphic designer Bethan Durie. Let your creativity take over as you craft something beautiful for the whole family to enjoy.

Tickets are £7 per device. To book, click here.

Panto Online, CINDERELLA, until 16th January 2022

‘Blue Peter’ legend and critically acclaimed Panto Dame, writer and director, Peter Duncan is back again this year with even more boos, cheers, ‘he’s behind you’s’, a sing-a-long song and all the classic panto antics that we love.

CINDERELLA will be making her debut this December, in cinemas across the land and online. Tickets start at £25. Once purchased, CINDERELLA (approx. 90 mins) can be viewed multiple times until 16 January 2022.

To find out more and enjoy an exclusive 20% saving with The LittleBird Family Pass, click here.

ONLINE ANYTIME THIS CHRISTMAS 

Little Angel Theatre’s Mother Christmas

Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St Nick… we think we know who’s responsible for delivering our presents on Christmas Eve. But who plots the sleigh’s route, triple checks the presents and manages air traffic control on the all-important night? Mother Christmas, of course!

This light-hearted and lively tale will introduce you to a new festive hero, and bring much-loved Christmas traditions careering into the 21st Century.

The Little Angel Theatre are offering this online show for free, but if you’re able to make a donation it would be much appreciated. To find out more and watch, click here.

National Trusts Christmas crafts how to guides

Learn how to make traditional decorations for a greener Christmas with the National Trusts how to video guides. With simple step-by-step instructions, you can get the whole family involved in the festive fun.

Crafty festive fun starts here.

Beauty and The Beast From Backstage, High Flying Stories

Beauty and the Beast is about to begin, but as you have never heard it before! This interactive online audio experience allows you and the kids to run the lights from the tech box, hear how the Stage Manager keeps everyone in line, help the friendly usher get people to their seats, listen to the football in the green room with a cheeky actor, and find out what they do to make the story come to life. Start at the box office, click to meet our first character, then visit all the different sections and click on them to hear how the story unfolds.

Find out what it takes to put on a show here.

High Flying Stories are offering this online experience for free but if you’re able to support, please do and click here.

Create a Samba Band with the RSNO Challenge

Everyone knows the best parties are always in the kitchen! So grab your pots, pans, buckets, salt shakers, wooden spoons, tupperware or anything that makes a noise and join in the fun with the RSNO percussionists.

Find out how to create your own family and friends samba here.

Advent & Christmas at Westminster Abbey

Make yourself comfortable as you explore the story of Jesus’ birth and create Christmas crafts to bring festive cheer to your home through these festive videos.

Explore here.

Christmas Food: The Medieval Way with English Heritage

Explore five Christmas highlights from the pantries, butteries, larders and kitchens of medieval England. Special effort was made across the social spectrum within Christian households to mark the occasion, whether with very fancy dishes in the wealthiest of monasteries and castles, or simply a larger portion of food and drink (alcoholic and otherwise) in the homes of peasants across the kingdom.

Find out what they use to eat and drink! on Christmas Day here.

WATCH THIS: 

When it’s time to stay and get cozy together on the sofa BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have a host of classics to tune in for over the festive period, while the likes of Netflix, Sky Cinema, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video also have impressive line-ups in terms of their new movies this December. So here are just a few highlights…

MAKE THIS

The Eats Amazing Advent Calendar

Check out Eats Amazing advent calendar of Christmas fun food ideas.  From Snowman Sandwich Balls to Tin Can Mini Christmas Cakes, from Candy Cane Smoothies to Marshmallow Penguins.

All you need to do to find each daily festive fun food idea is click on the numbered ‘door’ for the day. You’ll be taken to the blog post where you’ll find all the details you need to help you make each recipe or tutorial.

Find your edible festive fun here.

Make DIY Reindeer Sprinkle Dust

On Christmas Eve night, as Father Christmas is rushing from house to house to deliver presents to all the good girls and boys, his reindeer helpers often need a quick snack to keep them going on their busiest night of the year. Get ready to guide Santa’s reindeers to your home on Christmas Eve with this RSPCA recipe that doesn’t include glitter, which is very bad for flying reindeer and other garden wildlife.

Find the recipe and how to make it here.

Make Elf Baubles with Derby Museum Christmas Makes

Using found pine cones and craft materials, find out how to make your own colourful Christmas elf baubles. Use them to decorate your festive tree, or to spread yuletide cheer around your home.

Aimed at ages 7+ with their grown ups.

To find out what materials you’ll need and to watch the video, click here. There’s also an activity sheet to download too.

Make your own wrapping paper

Check out Tate Kids ‘Make your own wrapping paper’ activity.  Using potato printing you can create some colourful arty designs or get festive and sketch out some christmassy designs on your potato stamp.

Start creating here.

Make no bake Mini Gingerbread Houses

These no bake mini gingerbread houses look super cool and most importantly, super easy.

Follow the recipe here.

LISTEN TO THIS

Kids Podcasts

Santa’s Daily Podcast Fun Kids Radio, episodes every day

Follow Santa Claus as he gets ready for his big day. Listen as he tells you all about what he’s up to in the lead-up to the big day. Plus he’ll also be chatting about all the things he likes most about Christmas.

Start listening here.

Can’t Wait for Christmas

If your countdown to next Christmas starts at midnight on Dec. 26, then this is the podcast for you. The year-round series hosted by Comedian Tim Babb covers everything that makes the holidays quirky and magical, from obscure holiday specials like Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, to the top Hallmark Christmas ornaments to score this year.

Find out more here.

Christmas Past

If your inquisitive tots have a million questions about why we chop down trees and put fragile ornaments on them every year, or who decided that fruit cake was an edible food, then look no further than the Christmas Past podcast for all those curious answers. This podcast tells the nostalgic stories behind all those Christmas traditions you love.

Start exploring here.

BOOK AHEAD 

Titanic The Exhibition London, Surrey Quays, opens 17th December

Travel back to 1912 through photographs, handwritten letters, wayward keepsakes, and other personal belongings telling countless stories about the fates and heroic deeds on board.

Titanic: The Exhibition is far more than a display of historic items: it is a unique narrative experience, a tale of the people aboard history’s most legendary ship on its maiden and final journey.

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage, Bridge Theatre, until 26th February 2022

Set twelve years before Philip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy, two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future.

Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe to direct a gripping adaptation by Bryony Lavery.

Tickets from £15. Suitable for 8+

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, 9th – 22nd February

Celebrating 20 years of Imagine Children’s Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Children’s Festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together.

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

Beano: The Art of Breaking Rules, Somerset House, until 6th March

Step into the pages of the comic and take a trip into Beanotown to explore this beloved icon of British comics. Come face-to-face with the Beano gang – including Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and the Bash Street Kids – through original comic artwork and amazing artefacts, plundered from the Beano’s archive.

So whether you want to be inspired by fearless artistic mavericks, revisit a much-loved childhood comic masterpiece or explore the Beano’s larger-than-life characters with your own little rebels, this exhibition will prove that there really is no age limit on the art of breaking the rules.

Tickets:  Adults £16,  Concessions £12.50 concessions and Under 6s free

To find out more & book tickets, click here.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, V&A, opens 12th February 2022

Celebrating the life and work of one of the best loved children’s authors of the 20th century, this family friendly exhibition will take visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In collaboration with the National Trust.

Tickets: Adults £14.00, Under 12s go free.

To find out more & to book tickets, click here.

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15 December 2021
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