We couldn’t wait for them to finish school, no more school run, no more homework, no more trying to remember the endless school events and things they need to bring/make/bake/wear/buy for the various events…..and now they have finished, how are you going to entertain the kids for the next three days, while you and Santa still have a to do list the length of your arm?!

I have put together some top tips to help you all make it to Christmas Day in one piece!

If you decide to stay at home, and your sanity allows, you could try some festive baking and crafts!  You could try your hand at a gingerbread house!  This will provide a good few hours of fun.

The easy peasy and fun website provides lots of ideas for Christmas crafts with your little ones.  Most of them aren’t very complicated and don’t require many supplies.  They could be the last minute Christmas presents you were stressing about!

You might want to spend your time doing something festive.  While it might be hard to visit Santa at this stage, there are still other options.  Lotherton Hall still have tickets for the 12 days Christmas experience. at a cost of £7 per adult and £3.50 per child (5-17 years).  If you haven’t already been, you could visit the Christmas Market in Leeds.  It is open from 10.30am until 9.30pm and offers a variety of family entertainment, food and drink.

Christmas Eve

When I was a child, I remember all I wanted to do was stay at home and wait for Santa to arrive but my Dad always dragged us outside for a good walk and run around while my Mum stayed at home to get organised.  Getting outside is always a good idea as it should help promote a reasonably good nights sleep.  There is always the option of Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam or Golden Acre, but you could always venture a bit further.  Harlow Carr has the ‘Glow’ winter illuminations until the 29th December from 4.30pm until 8pm.  Stockeld Park is open until 7pm on Christmas Eve, and they have a range of activities from the illuminated enchanted forrest to ice skating.

Another, more chilled out option is to head to the cinema.  Perhaps book tickets to see Mary Poppins Returns.  I have noted the times for Christmas Eve at the main Leeds cinemas, below:

The Vue, Kirkstall

The Vue, The Light

Showcase, Birstall


When you do come home, don’t forget the obligatory picture by the Christmas tree, once you’ve left out some snacks for Santa and the reindeers.  And before the little ones head off to bed, why not check on Santa’s progress using Norad Tracks Santa.

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However you make it to Christmas Day, I hope you have an amazing time and have a very Happy Christmas.

Jan xx

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