The Most Wonderful Things to Do This December

Whether you’re looking for family fun or a little festive peace and calm, we’ve got plenty of great suggestions to help you get the most out of the Christmas period! Find your perfect yuletide experience below, wherever you are in the UK.


1 December, 2023

Christmas, with all the trimmings

Just like Andy Williams crooned, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s all about sharing the love with our people.

Make it a December to Remember

Making memories and putting a smile on our loved ones’ faces is what Christmas is all about. Everyone has their own traditions, so do what makes you and yours happy! It’s all too easy to get caught up in the festive hype. Be mindful of yourself, it’s all too easy to burnout by trying to be all things to everyone – we need to remember it’s okay to take a moment for ourselves. Here are some of our top tips on things to do at Christmas, be that at home or out and about.

The magic of the season

Santa might be very busy, but he always makes time to meet those on his nice list and reward our best behaved of kids. There are still lots of grottos around – search online for ones in your local area – but remember some need booking in advance to guarantee your place. Fun fact: the world’s very first Christmas grotto was established near Park HQ in Liverpool – at the famous Lewis’s Department Store! (Not to be confused with John Lewis.)

Indulge yourself in joy

Attending a carol concert will get you into a Christmassy mood too. Many are free with the option to donate to a nominated charity. Sing the night away and get into the festive spirit until it’s time to partake of a mulled wine (or two, to help soothe the vocal chords). There’s also the option to take in a pantomime, which still offers laughs for young and old!

 This Christmas is orna-meant to be the best one yet

There are plenty of things to do on Christmas Eve, without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Sit back, wear your matching pyjamas and put your feet up before the big day.

  • Watch a Christmas film. Choose a heart-warming classic like It’s a Wonderful Life, or go for something with a little more excitement like Die Hard (which many at Park HQ insist is most definitely a Christmas film).

  • Check out neighbours’. There’s always one neighbour in the street that goes OTT, but just remember to wrap up warm if you pop down for a visit.

  • Bake for Santa. The jolly man in red has a sweet tooth, but don’t forget his reindeer need a snack too – we’ve heard Rudolph is partial to a carrot.

  • Secret Santa. Opening one gift on Christmas Eve is nothing new, but Secret Santa adds some fun to long-standing traditions. It’s a fun way to gift within a stress-free budget.

Yule be sorry you missed out

Up and down the country, there are lots of things to do with friends and family. Here are some of our favourites, but please make sure you check as some need pre-booking and not all will run throughout the festive period. (You’ll find dates in the links below.) Also, keep an eye on the weather – poor conditions may mean some experiences close.