Things to do between Christmas and New Year

Well, I don’t know about you, but every year in December I find that I have my head so full of Christmas that the day itself comes and goes and I’ve sort of forgotten that I still have two children to entertain for another week of school holidays with very few ideas of things to do!

This year I thought I’d get smart and get a list of ideas together so when the inevitable question of ‘what are we doing today Mummy?’ comes I might just have an answer:

1. Pantomime

Ok, so this probably does need a bit of planning ahead but get organised and book some tickets now so that you can continue the festive fun with some classic Christmas entertainment! Regular followers will know that I wrote a blog on this a while ago but here’s a link in case you need it!

2. Parks

Well this definitely doesn’t need any advance planning! Wrap everyone up in coats, scarves, gloves and hats and get out for some fresh air and exercise and let the kids burn off some of that excess excitable energy. As luck would have it, I also have a blog on great local parks too if you need any inspiration…..

3. Museums

A museum can make a great day out in the lull between Christmas and New Year and yep, you’ve guessed it, I’ve got some great suggestions on my recent blog!

4. A Good Walk

If your kids are older or you have some child free time and could do with some air, take a look at this selection of walks in and around London from The Londonist. Some of the routes are very local (The Pymmes Brook Trail and Dollis Brook, for example) or you could head into London and explore a different part town.

5. Christmas at Kew

A bit of a journey but Kew Gardens fills its grounds with a beautiful festive trail of lights until 1st January. It looks magical and is definitely on my list of things I must do!

6. Conservatory at the Barbican

This is the second biggest conservatory in London and yet I never knew that it even existed until recently, despite many years of working in The City! Only open on selected days you can join a tour on Wednesday 27th December or book for Afternoon Tea on 31st December!

7. A Christmas Carol at The Museum of London

Introduce little ones to the classic Dickens tale of A Christmas Carol with this family friendly storytelling session at The Museum of London on 27th and 28th December. The event is free but you will need to pick up a ticket from the front desk as spaces will be limited.

8. Swings at The Tate Modern

Now this looks great fun! My kids love the swings at the park, I wonder what they would make of these huge swings filling the turbine hall at The Tate Modern?! A chance to teach kids about art in its many forms, this exhibition is open until 18th April so plenty of time to give it a whirl!

9. London’s New Year Day Parade

Finally, on New Year’s Day itself, head into town and watch the fantastic New Year’s Day parade. It kicks off at 12 noon from Piccadilly and proceeds through Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, ending in Parliament Square. There will be an anticipated 10,000 performers in the parade from the UK, USA and Europe ready to entertain!

If you have any other winning ideas of great things to do at this time of year, please let me know and have fun!