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We all know that the Christmas period is one for a bit of family time, however it can be difficult to find something to do on those weekends leading up to the big day. Luckily, we’ve managed to track down a few festive days out with a difference, so read on to find a bit of inspiration on how to make this December one of fun-filled family activities.

Christmas at Longleat

This year the people at Longleat Safari Park have really got into the Christmas spirit! The whole of Longleat House has been decked out with tinsel and baubles and there will be some ever-popular pantomime characters in attendance throughout the Christmas period. However, this isn’t all as there will also be a fifty foot tall Christmas Tree singing along to your favourite Christmas Carols, an ice skating rink and the chance to meet Father Christmas on the Santa Train. Add to all of this entry in to the Safari Park and you’ll be set for a delightful day out.

Longleat Decorations

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Pay a Visit to Narnia at Chatsworth House

As part of this year’s festivities at Chatsworth House, guests will be invited to step inside one of the nation’s favourite children’s books; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The entire ground floor of the stately home has been converted to recreate various scenes from C.S. Lewis’ much-loved story, allowing visitors to follow in the footsteps of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy from wartime London to the Professor’s house and through the magical wardrobe into the winter wonderland of Narnia. Once there, they will be able to pay a visit to Mr Tumnus’ house, explore the mystical White Palace as well as meet their favourite characters! So for a sure hit with Narnia fans, both old and new, head down to Chatsworth House this December!

Lion at Chatsworth House

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Witness some Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo

Over the past couple of years Chester Zoo has been celebrating the Christmas period in a rather unique way, through Lantern Magic! The guests to this lightshow extraordinaire will be led on a lovely night-time walk through the zoo, guided by countless beautiful lanterns. They’ll then have the chance to visit the giant Christmas wishing tree, have a warming winter supper or even pop in to the lantern workshop where kids, both young and old, can make their own magical lantern to light the way. The Lantern Magic walk makes for a wonderful end to a day at the zoo, however bear in mind that places are limited and the tickets are selling fast so get there quick!

Chester Zoo

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Hopefully reading this will have got you well and truly in the festive spirit and looking to get out and enjoy the build up to the big day. However if you’re looking to take that seasonal cheer a step further why not have a look at the holiday cottages that are still available to rent over the festive period, after all, they’re the perfect way to make this Christmas one to remember!


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