Five fun festive activities for children to get into the Christmas spirit

Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year – so here are five festive activities for your children to do this December.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:00 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 1:30 pm
Christmas Party in Sunderland. Picture by Tom Banks.

As a parent, it can be difficult to think how to entertain your children during the holiday season. While there is no snow to play in (yet) here are five festive activities to keep your little ones smiling.

Saturday, December 14, 1pm to 3pm

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Darcey Snowdon meets Father Christmas following the opening of Santa's Grotto at The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland Picture: David Wood

Make amazing blueprint Christmas cards and calendars with artist Jo Howell.

Entry is free, but a donation of £2 is suggested.

Sunday, December 15, 3pm to 4pm

Pallion Christmas light switch on.

Creative story telling, and live Christmas carols as well as a kids Christmas party. There will be fun, games, competitions and a creative retelling of the Christmas Story. There will also be hand crafted drinks and seasonal snacks.

Tickets are free but you must pre-register.

Saturday, December 14, 12pm to 2.30pm

Children can come in their PJ’s for a ‘cozy time’ to watch the Polar Express with their family.

Ticket prices for Nissan employees £3 per ticket and £10 for a family ticket, for the public £4 per ticket and £12 for a family ticket.

Which includes nibbles for during the films, hotdog with onions and sauces and refreshments available from the bar.

Saturday, December 14, 10.30am

Children can mess around with fun activities like reindeer dust, Brussel sprout rolling and candy cane rice, or get messy with angel foam, Santa goo and Christmas pud.

Pre-booking is essential and tickets cost £6 to £10.

Tuesday, December 17, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, Christmas carols, fairy lights and most importantly - a visit from Santa!

All children will receive a small gift from Santa which will be personalised with their name and age (specify this on booking).

Only children need a ticket and two adults go free with each paying child, ticket price is £17.

Inbox The Play Cafe Facebook page to secure your place.