The Purple Vouchers guide to Christmas. Running out of ideas on where to take your family this Christmas? Read our handy Christmas guide!
Santa in the Shambles
As part of York Christmas Festival, Santa will be at home in his cosy log cabin just off the beautiful Shambles.
Children and families are invited to Santa’s ‘old fashioned sweet shop’ where they can take part in some fun chocolate themed activities. They’ll then head in to meet the big man himself in his cosy study, where they can make their Christmas wishes and check out Santa’s list.
Included in the price is a commemorative photo with Santa which will be printed there and then and a special present for each child to keep as a reminder of their visit.
The grotto will be open 3rd – 24th December.
Christmas at Normanby Hall
Visit Normanby Hall Country Park this Christmas time and be captivated by all there is to see and do. Whether you’re walking around the park, meeting Father Christmas in his grotto, watching the rangers feed the beautiful deer, or dining in the Hall, it will be truly magical.
Children can meet Father Christmas in his grotto at Normanby Hall on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 December between 11am and 2pm. It costs £6.50 per child; this includes meeting Father Christmas, a special gift, a ride on the miniature railway and a Christmas activity sheet. Buy your tickets from the Gift Shop on the day. It is advised you buy them early on the day to avoid disappointment.
Why not tie in your visit to see Father Christmas with watching the deer being fed? You can do this on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December at approximately 11:45am. This is a unique opportunity to see the animals up close as the rangers feed them near the Hall. (There is no access to the deer park).
Tinsel Tots sessions will once again take place in the Hall on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December at 10.30am and 1.30pm. This popular activity for children aged under 5 and their grown-up offers the chance to take part in a Christmas themed activity and listen to a festive story in front of the twinkling Christmas tree and crackling open fire. Places must be booked in advance by calling 01724 720588 and cost £4 per child.
Meet Santa Shrek at Shrek's Adventure
From 1st December during this holly, jolly season DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure will be full of festive cheer (with some ogre-ish touches!) offering guests an exclusive Christmas experience!
With over 20 live actors and 10 separate shows, Shrek’s Adventure! London is the perfect family alternative to a Christmas Panto. There are laughs and jokes for all and even a chance to take a starring role in the action at London’s latest attraction!
At the end of the adventure guests will be welcomed back to London by Shrek himself, dressed for the occasion in his festive best. Why not take a selfie by his Christmas Tree - you can tell he decorated it himself!
Stories with Santa at Warwick Castle
Settle in for our ALL-NEW Stories with Santa, running on selected dates in December (every weekend and every day from 19th - 24th) and included in the price of entry!
Taking children on a magical twenty-minute journey through three fully immersive and interactive Christmas themed areas where they will sing with Mrs Claus, help Elves prepare for the big day and join Santa for a joyous seasonal tale in the Library!
Winter's Tail at Chessington World of Adventures
Open on selected dates from 26th November 2016 - 2nd January 2017. With Father Christmas’ festive grotto, The Elves' Kitchen, Christmas Pandamonium Live Show, plus our amazing animals, have a wild Christmas at Chessington!
The Resort gets a sprinkling of Christmas magic for Winter’s Tail.
Along with Father Christmas’ grotto, families will be fully immersed in the festive atmosphere with our giant Christmas tree, cookie decorating and real reindeer!
There's a whole host of festive activities at Chessington this Christmas
Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland
On 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th and 17th – 24th December 2016, wonder at the twinkling lights, snow dusted pine trees, exciting seasonal festivities and see the Park as you have never seen it before ….all with a sprinkling of magical LEGO® delights.
Journey to the heart of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort aboard the Bricksmas Express and discover a Christmas land with 20 rides and attractions...
Magical Family Christmas at Alton Towers
With only one month to go until Christmas, if you can't wait, why not book one of our Christmas short breaks where you can meet the man himself, Father Christmas? Join us this festive season and enjoy a combination of rides, including CBeebies Land, a magical Aladdin pantomime and the splashtastic waterpark!
Christmas Wonderland at The Blackpool Tower
Fancy a full festive day with the whole family this Christmas Eve-Eve 23rd December... well we have the perfect event for you in the stunning Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
There is so much to do to prepare for Christmas and Santa needs your help! Come along to the beautiful Ballroom and take part in an exciting number of festive activities throughout the afternoon, including: Join Mrs Claus in her kitchen; Post a letter to Santa with the elf post master; make reindeer food at the elf workshop; learn how to wrap presents and make decorations at the elf school; enjoy a magical Christmas story; Meet Father Christmas and sing with Elsa around the Christmas Tree.
Enchanted Christmas Garden at Brodsworth Hall
A magical experience awaits at Brodsworth Hall this Christmas on 16th - 23rd December when our gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland. As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth for our biggest event of the year.
Wander our illuminated trail to explore multi-coloured displays bringing our tree canopies, plants and iconic garden features to life through beautiful light. Come with hungry tummies to enjoy seasonal fayre including mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies, a festive BBQ and more.
Families also have the chance to meet Father Christmas at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm, and enjoy yuletide stories before receiving a present from the jolly man himself. An additional £3 will apply on the night.
Wrap up warm, pack your camera and enjoy an enchanting Christmas experience for all the family. Booking highly recommended. Last admission 7.45pm.
Santa, Elves and Sleigh Bells at Tropical Butterfly House
On the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th - 24th December 2016 experience a classic family Christmas: meet Santa in his new Grotto; take a magical sleigh ride through the wintery woods; see the Farm Barn Nativity Scene and take part in animal encounters; visit the Elf Workshop for Christmas Crafts; enter the Christmas Jumper competition; enjoy festive food in the Butterfly Café; browse a selection of stocking fillers in the Jungle Gift Shop, including great value Animal Adoptions and Experiences.
Normal admission charges apply. If you would like your child to have a present in Santa's Grotto, please advise at the kiosk, the cost will be £5 per present.
Fast track tickets can be purchased, just click 'Buy Fast Track Tickets' or click here: http://butterflyhouse.merlintickets.co.uk/product/EVT000007
Santa Special at Cannon Hall Farm
Our Santa Specials are one of our most popular yearly events - so come along an join us for some festive fun. Meet Santa and his reindeer; take a tractor and trailer ride and enjoy a Christmas singalong with Rudolph and the elves.
Our delicious Santa Specials include the chance for your family to join us for breakfast or lunch and enjoy the Christmas spirit - with a ho-ho-ho surprise arrival from the big man himself.
Sessions are available at selected dates and time throughout December (3rd December-16th) but we recommend booking early on this link as they fill up quick.Your ticket includes all day admission to the farm and indoor play and free parking.Tickets for our Santa Specials are priced at £15.95 per person. All people attending the session must have a ticket.
To view the full menu, and available session times, go here: http://cannonhallfarm.co.uk/events/santa-specials-breakfast-or-lunch-with-santa/
Eat with Santa at Boston Park
Join us at the farm for our Eat with Santa events. Held on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th. Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st December.
You can choose to eat at either 11am or 1pm, session lasts for 2 hours.
Included is a set lunch for each person in the tearooms followed by warm mince pies or cake and hot/cold drinks. Then everyone goes on a tractor and trailer ride to Santa's grotto where each child will recieve a special gift.
Tickets are £10 per adult and £12 for Children, Under 1s £5 (without food but with gift). Booking is essential.48 hours notice for cancellation required for refunds.To book please call 01302 844818
Santa's Seasons Greetings at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
Join us on the 10th-11th December for a fun weekend for all the family with lots to see and do!! FREE park entry for all children, all weekend! Santa's grotto at just £5 per child with real reindeer, traditional market stalls including food stalls and festive treats.
Standard adult/concession admission prices apply. Park opening times are 10am - 4pm with last entry being at 3pm. Free Children admission ages are 0-15 years. Santa's grotto is £5 for children of all ages including under 3's.