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Christmas 2017: To Do / To Eat

December is the most magical time for your little ones. They’ve been eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival all year and what better way to make the season even more special with some festive activities to further feed their imaginations and channel that extra energy. Plus, there’s nothing more Christmassy than getting all wrapped up and heading out and about, surrounded by sparkling lights and an air of festive cheer.

From a visit to Santa’s Grotto (after all, children need to get their order in ahead of the big day!) to ice-skating with the penguins and creating your very own Christmas wreath, we’ve picked out the very best Christmas activities the UK has to offer –  with our own twinkly AK twist. You can guarantee that all of the excitement will make for some hungry little tums so we’ve paired our favourite activities with some yummy yuletide recipes. From North Pole Penguins, to Strawberry Santas, kids will love this selection of Christmas creations.

Whatever your family tradition, we’ve got some of the top places to go and most Christmassy things to do and see, all topped off with the most perfect of recipe pairings.

So what are you waiting for? Plan a magical day of wintery family fun then head home, pop on those Christmas tunes, dig out those aprons, roll up their sleeves and away you go ho ho.

Visit the Serpentine Swimming Club

If you don’t feel like braving the chilly UK seas for one of the many traditional Christmas Day swims, why not visit the Serpentine Swimming Club to watch the 9am Peter Pan Cup instead? The members only race has been an annual fixture since 1864.  If you’re more inclined to stay cosy on Christmas Day then toast the swimmers from the comfort of your home with these bathing snowman beauties

Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day

Join in with Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December. Persuade your colleagues and your children’s classmates to part with a few extra pennies for this fantastic charity by holding a Christmas jumper-themed bake sale.

Visit the Biggest Living Christmas Tree

Visit Britain’s biggest living Christmas tree at Wakehurst in West Sussex. The 118 feet tree is decorated with more than 1,800 lights. When you get home, treat the kids to Britain’s tastiest Christmas trees.

Go and See Rapunzel at the Theatre

From Rapunzel at the Chickenshed Theatre to the Velveteen Rabbit at the Unicorn Theatre there are Christmas shows galore this year which will thrill the kids and bring the house down. Talking of bringing the house down…

Learn How to Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

Learn how to make your own Christmas wreath at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers – one of many courses around the country. Alternatively, stay home and try your hand at an alternative wreath which may not last as long but will taste amazing

Go Ice Skating with Penguins at the Natural History Museum

Ice skate with the penguins at the Natural History Museum… then try your hand at AK’s North Pole Penguins for a post-skating fun treat

Join a Magical Adventure to Find the Key to Santa’s Grotto

Visit the Royal Albert Hall and join a magical adventure to find the key to Santa’s Grotto, we’re sure he’ll thank you with a gift. After all that excitement it will be time for a snack, why not try these adorable Strawberry Santas?