November - the heat is on!
The cold weather has usually arrived in the UK. The children are now kitted out in warm winter coats. There is excitement in the air as Christmas is looming.
Back to our checklists with a bump... so how is it going?
My birthday is the beginning of November, so these items are all completed in the last 3 weeks. This month, the things I usually get sorted are as follows...
- Purchase last minute gifts
- Finalize any visitor's for Christmas day
- Plan our present runs
- Write out the Christmas Cards
- Buy postage stamps and check my postal deadlines
- Arrange our visit to see Santa
Remember you are only looking at approximately 6/7 weeks before Christmas Day is here.
What children don't enjoy visiting Santa? Over the years, we've done the big supermarket visits, the ones in the garden centres, and special events/days out.
The ultimate would be visiting Lapland, but we haven't got there... yet!
One thing I would say is the children have remembered the events more and more. So we've made these trips family days. If you are struggling for ideas, here are a few family favourites...Rushden Historical Transport Society
These guys run their steam train up and down the line. You get First Class tickets, usually a festive snack and some craft activities too. You can then visit Santa in their grotto. It's a lovely couple of hours to spend at this festive station, especially when you have a train mad son!
Booking is essential.West Lodge Rural Centre
Absolutely fun on the farm here. The children enjoyed making Reindeer food and seeing the animals before visiting Santa a Santa school! This was a group booking, so you saw Santa with more than one family, but it was great. The children are all in awe, and even those that would normally be challenged to sit still, were mesmerized.The Centre:MK, Middleton Hall
We've taken our children a couple of times to this venue. It has a great atmosphere, and usually the hall is decorated like you wouldn't believe.
My daughter still remembers seeing Cinderella's glass carriage and mentions it every Christmas. Given we went about 5/6 years ago, that is quite something for her!
If you are heading to Milton Keynes, you can make this a perfect family trip by also visiting the Panto. As with other days, booking is essential. :-)
Do you have favourite places to take your Children to see Santa? We'd love to hear from you...