you can see some 180 breeds of dog - and their owners - at the Discover Dogs show at London Olympia on 7-8 November. This is also the place to buy the latest canine accessories for your pooch's Christmas stocking. Children's admission costs pounds 4. London Travel Service (tel: 01992 456178).
you can drive your 4WD to the limit at the four-wheel-drive family safari at Wiltshire's Longleat estate. And if the children get bored of that, they can try quad-biking or karting. The price is for a weekend ticket for four, including free on-site camping and admittance to Longleat House, the safari park and other attractions. Longleat (tel: 01985 845400).
you can take the children on a three-day "Bonfire Night Spectacular" at Disneyland Paris. Departing on 5 November, this per-adult price is based on two adults and a maximum of two children sharing (under-11s pay pounds 39, 12-16s pay pounds 69), and includes return coach travel, two nights room-only accommodation at the Hotel Santa Fe, one full-day pass to the Disneyland Paris theme park and visit to Paris. Leger (tel: 01709 839839).
take a stress-free three-day Christmas break just north of Paris at the two-star Hotel De La Paix et Albert 1er in St Quentin. This per-person price, based on self-drive and two sharing, includes ferry crossings on 23 December, Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch, as well as evening entertainment in the hotel's "Le Prive" nightclub. Bridge Travel Self- Drive (tel: 01992 456049).
feel the benefits of alternative relaxation and enjoy views of the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain. This per-person price includes full-board accommodation at the Cortijo Romero villa, set in a walled garden, with courtyard and pool, and includes workshops in creative music, yoga and rest and renewal. Flights excluded. Neal's Yard (tel: 07000 783 704).
escape the autumn chill and spend 10 days cruising the Med, sailing from Venice with stop-offs in Egypt and Israel. Departing on 9 November, the per-person price is based on two sharing a twin cabin and includes return flights, transfers and all entertainment and meals on board. Seafarer (tel: 0171 234 0500).
meet Santa in Lapland on a seven-night skiing holiday at Pyha, Finland. Departing on 12 December, this per-person price is based on four sharing a log cabin and includes return flights, full-board accommodation, a cross- country ski lesson, snow-shoe trek and snow-scooter safari. Crystal Ski (tel: 0181-399 5144).
hear Etta James, Roberta Flack and George Benson live in Jamaica at the 1998 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, on 6-8 November. Departing on 1 November, this per-person price, based on two sharing, includes return flights, 13 nights all-inclusive at the Shaw Park Hotel - and a free 20- minute massage. A three-night pass to the festival costs pounds 85 per person. Tropical Places (tel: 01342 825123).
soak up the sun on the white-sand beaches of Mauritius. This per-person price includes return flights and accommodation at the Le Prince Maurice Hotel, staying in a senior suite set on stilts over a lagoon or sea-facing with private swimming pool. Premier Holidays (tel: 0870 900 0214).