I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas, like seriously, if I could decorate my whole house and make it all twinkly and festive I would but Mr H is a bit of a Grinch so he kind of reels me in!
Last year I had all these fun ideas of things I wanted to do and places I wanted to see, I didn’t do too bad but with being back at work and trying to keep on top of well life we didn’t manage to do everything. So this year I’m determined to complete everything on our ‘Christmas To Do List’ and with baby K being 2.5 years old and being more aware of what Christmas is all about I’m extra excited!
☆ Magical Children’s Christmas, Forty Hall & Estate
I came across Forty Halls Magical Children’s Christmas and Santa’s Country Cottage and Woodland Trail whilst having a little nose on their website and couldn’t resist.
The Magical Children’s Christmas is a fun, free family day out at Forty Hall and even though it’s very local to me I’ve never actually visited it but what better time than to go at Christmas. The day promises to be full of fun festive activities with the Hall being transformed into a walk through the Christmas ages with twinkly lights and fun characters to meet as you discover this grand Hall. Along with all the fun activities available, which cost £3.50, you can also take a ride round the grounds on a horse and cart for £1.50 per person , I’m especially looking forward to that!
☆ Santa’s Country Cottage and Woodland Trail, Forty Hall & Estate
I’ve had this booked since July, yes Christmas in July, at £6 per child I couldn’t resist! Santa will be making an appearance at Forty Hall & Estate at the beginning of December on the 3rd, 10th and 17th and tickets have to be booked in advance. I booked our tickets for the 3rd of December which is the same day as the Magical Children’s Christmas event, the plan is to take baby K to the children’s event followed by a visit to the man in red in cosy cottage in the walled garden. A great start to my favourite time of year!
☆ Put the Christmas Tree Up
My tree usually goes up on the first weekend of December and this year it’ll be the 3rd right after our day out at Forty Hall & Estate. This is more of a thing for me than for baby K, for the time being the tree is my domain, baby K will be tucked away in bed and Mr H and myself will put the tree up and decorate ready for little man in the morning! This usually consists of Mr H putting the tree up and the lights on then he retreats to the sofa and I continue with decorating, maybe I can even sneak on some Christmas songs.
☆ Visit Springtime Nursery in Crews Hill
I love going to Crews Hill over Christmas, especially Spring Time Nursery with their Christmas decorations and displays. We didn’t get a chance to go last year but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit this year, they usually have live reindeer’s, snow globes and dancing polar bears on display. The plan is to take baby K to soft play in Wyverdale, have a bit of lunch and then go across to Springtime Nursery and get in to the festive spirit, I may even be able to talk Mr H in to buying a few more decorations!
☆ Visit Santa Spectacular, Willows Activity Farm
Last year I took baby K to the Harrods Christmas Grotto which was great, the Santa is definitely one of the best I’ve seen, but this year I’ve decided to visit Willows Farm for their Santa Spectacular.
☆ Visit a Christmas Parade
I really wanted to go to this last year but the date didn’t work for us so am hoping to be able to take baby K this time around. Our local parade is in Enfield where stall are erected brimming with Christmas nik-naks and treats, aswell as a lovely parade full of fun characters and reindeers for you to pet. I can also get some shopping done beforehand and maybe stop for afternoon tea in Pearsons.
☆ Bake Christmas Fairy Cakes
I love to bake, I usually make my Christmas cake at the beginning of October so I have enough time to feed it with rum so it’t nice and moist by Christmas day. This year I’d like to bake some fairy cakes with baby K to see if he has my love of baking aswell. I’ll probably cheat though and buy a boxed Christmas fairy cake mix as it’ll be easier to do with him being so little, last year ASDA had some cute snowman ones which will do me just fine. If I have the time I’d also like to bake some Cinnamon Rolls and Christmas Cookies, here’s hoping!
☆ Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
I haven’t been to Winter Wonderland for two years, so I’m adding it to my list this year. I usually like to go pretty late but I suppose going with a toddler we’ll have to go pretty early and maybe even during the week so we’re not confronted with a mad rush of people on the weekend.
☆ Visit a Christmas Market
Last year I spotted some Christmas Markets popping up which were local to us as well as the bigger ones in Central London. This year I’d like to visit a few and see if we can pick up some cute uniqe gifts aswell as enjoy the festive atmosphere and lights, hopefully baby K will also enjoy being outdoors.
☆ Walk around the West End and see the Christmas lights
We did this as a family when it was baby K’s first Christmas, we specifically drove down to Oxford Street had some dinner at Pizza Express and then spent the evening walking around. Seeing all the lights and the rush of people wrapped up warm and carrying their shopping is one of the reasons why I love London at Christmas. I’m hoping we can turn this into a little bit of a Christmas tradition.
☆ Make a Christmas decoration out of salt dough with baby K
Now that baby K is a little bit older and in to arts and crafts I’d like to make a Christmas ornament out of salt dough which he can then decorate. I’ve seen some great ideas on Pinterest which I’ve saved on to my Christmas Crafts boared ready to go, these are also great gift ideas for the grandparents. I’ll probably keep this one to the side for a day where we don’t have much going on.
So there you have it, a list of all the fun things that I would like to do over Christmas. What fun festive plans do you have over the Christmas period?