1. Read a Christmas story together

Get in the Christmas spirit with a Christmas story (or two!). Whether it’s the beginning of December or Christmas Eve, fantastic festive stories like A Christmas Carol, The Chronicles of Narnia or Christmas with the Savages will help you spread a little festive cheer and spend some quality time together.

Read a Christmas story together

2. Send some Christmas cards

Send some season’s greetings to your friends and families - nothing says Christmas quite like an intergalactic Dr. Tenth card from the Whoniverse, or a Christmas wishes from a Christmas dinosaur.  Send to your nearest and dearest using our printable cards, just make sure you don’t miss the last post!


3. Watch a Christmas film at home

Nothing says Christmas like a good ol’ Christmas movie. Grab a hot chocolate and a sweet treat from a selection box and pick a spot on the sofa. Look out for the latest listings – there’s always some well-loved Puffin classics on like The Snowman or Little Women.

 Watch a Christmas movie at home

4. Meet Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher, author of The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch and There’s An Elf in Your Book is heading to Edinburgh to talk all things Christmas. As well as sharing what inspires his characters, he’ll also sing a song from The Christmasaurus musical! Stick around after the event as Tom will be signing copies of his new books which you can buy on the day. Book your spot now!

Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR – 12pm-1pm (1 December 2019)

Or at the cinema

5. Craft some Christmas decorations for your tree

Get crafty and make some homemade decorations for your tree with a little help from some of our favourite characters. We’ve got tips, tricks and plenty of printables: make some comic-like baubles with Wimpy Kid, create some simple snowflakes to hang, or craft some Victorian-style Hetty Feather tree decorations to make your Christmas extra special.

Craft some Christmas decorations for your tree

6. Bake some Christmassy food

Nothing says Christmas like some brilliant bakes. So get your pinny on and flour those work surfaces, because it’s time to get messy! Make some delicious Chelsea buns, some fun The Snowman-inspired cookies or some Christmas tree-shaped biscuits using our easy-to-follow recipes - just try not to eat them all at once! 

Bake some Christmassy food

7. Celebrate a classic Christmas story

It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Snowman! And old and young fans will find there are lots of magical family events happening up and down the UK this season to celebrate Raymond Briggs’ beloved character. From an afternoon tea inspired by The Snowman to wandering along festive trails featuring the characters, don’t miss fitting these fun outings into your calendar.

The Snowman Afternoon Tea at Café Rouge (13 November 2019- 5 January 2020)

Walking with The SnowmanMiddlesbrough (2 November 2019-4 January 2020) and London Bridge (26 November 2019-5 January 2020)

The Snowman and The Snowdog Brick Trail – Banham Zoo (30 November 2019-5 January 2020) and Leeds White Rose Shopping Centre (23 November 2019-3 January 2020)

VUE Cinema screenings of The Snowman & The Snowman and the Snowdog - showing in 20+ locations across the UK (14-15 December 2019)

River & Rowing Museum exhibition of The Snowman and The Snowdog (23 November 2019-19 January 2020)

festive things to do at christmas

8. Have yourself an enchanted Christmas

Wander around a winter wonderland inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies artwork at the National Trust’s Mottisfont. View original illustrations in the art gallery, head out to the grounds to venture along a fairy-themed activity trail, and then explore the festive forest in the Cellarium. Be on the lookout for Father Christmas too, you might come across some signs that he’s around…

Mottisfont, Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP – 11am-4pm (23 November 2019-5 January 2020 – excluding 24 and 25 December 2019)

festive things to do at christmas

9. Explore Peter Rabbit’s Christmas grotto

Stop by the intu Trafford Centre and experience your very own Beatrix Potter Christmas adventure with Peter Rabbit and his friends. Meet Squirrel Nutkin, decorate Christmas elf biscuits cookies with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, watch out for the crafty Mr. Tod, and finally, meet Father Christmas and take home a memorable photo.

intu Trafford Centre, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA (14 November-24 December 2019)

festive things to do at christmas

10. Build a snowman

If you’re lucky enough to get some snow over the Christmas period, make sure you take a trip outdoors to make a magical snowman together. Grab those mittens, pull on those wellies, wrap up warm and get building! Make sure you take a carrot for a nose and an extra scarf to keep your wintery creation nice and warm. Brrr! 

Build a snowman

11. Or see one live on stage

Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring the classic song Walking in the Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage at Birmingham Repertory Theatre over 25 years ago. Be a part of the magic!

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A 2HT (21 November 2019-5 January 2020)

Or see one live on stage

12. Hang up your stocking like Peter Rabbit

On Christmas Eve, it’s time to hang stockings up, ready for Father Christmas.  Make like Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail in Peter Rabbit: A Christmas Wish and spend some time choosing the perfect spot to hang them. As Mrs Rabbit says: “Father Christmas only comes when every little bunny is fast asleep!”.

Hang up your stocking like Peter Rabbit

13. Make a Christmas Eve box

Follow our step-by-step guide and make Christmas Eve extra special by handcrafting a box of treats for everyone to enjoy together. This favourite holiday tradition is a great way to get everyone excited for the big day, pack in some new PJs, a Christmas story and some homemade goodies to get everyone giggling with joy as you get ready for the next morning.

Make a Christmas Eve box

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