Father Christmas, ice rinks and reindeer: 12 best festive days out for the family in the UK

Fill the holidays with festive fun this winter

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Afraid of finding yourself stuck indoors with the kids over the entire school holidays? Whether you want to ice skate with the family with a spectacular backdrop, bounce your way to see Santa on the world’s biggest underground trampoline or go on a mystical advent trail through breathtaking gardens, our festive days out offer something for everyone.

From Cornwall to Edinburgh, there's a range of places covered - and we’ve thought of all budgets too. And perhaps most importantly of all, we’ve only included days out that involve plenty for the family to do over several hours. So even when the main aim is a visit with the man in red, our suggested days out don’t stop there. There’s either build-up or heaps to do afterwards – or both..

Some events are running daily, whilst others run on selected dates through December and January. And remember, if you can book online, we’d strongly suggest you do to avoid disappointment.