In the run up to Christmas there is a bounty of festive events happening in Harrow (North West London) and the surrounding area. These events are lots of fun for the whole family. They are sure to make you feel extra Christmassy!

Best activities for the family this Christmas in Harrow and surrounding area

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets selling festive treats and gifts.

Christmas in Harrow (30th Nov-3rd Dec) – Christmas traders @ St Ann’s shopping centre.
Duck Pond Ruislip Christmas Markets3rd Dec Foodies Christmas market and 16th/17th Dec Christmas Artisan market.

Christmas Festivals/Events
Keep your eye on dates for Christmas Festivals in the area for a fun day out.

Pinner Panto (30th Nov) – a pantomime theme evening on Pinner High Street. Expect entertainment, late night shopping and lights (including fireworks).
Coca Cola Truck Watford Tesco/Asda (6th/7th Dec) – see the Coca Cola Christmas Truck.
Santa Dash Northwood (9th Dec) – watch or join in with this Santa dash race in aid of Michael Sobell Hospice.
Santa Dash Pinner (10th Dec) – Santa dash race in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice. 
Headstone Manor Frost Fair (9th/10th Dec) – celebrating the grand opening of the new museum. Event will include stalls, entertainment and food.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh Pinner (13th-21st Dec) – yearly event where Santa’s sleigh travels the streets of Pinner collecting for charity.
Rudolph Rave Watford (7th Dec) – Christmas themed family Rave.

Visit Santa
There are lots of interesting options for seeing the big man this Christmas

intu WatfordSanta’s grotto with reindeer.
Squires Stanmore Christmas Circusa Christmas themed circus and meet and greet with Santa.
Willows Farm St. AlbansChristmas spectacular on the farm.
Odds Farm Christmas FestivalSanta and Elves full festival at the farm.
Santa Train at Ruislip Lidotake a trip on this magical train ride to see Santa.
Santa Narrowboat Canal Tripride on a Narrowboat to visit Santa.

Children’s Parties
Fun childrens Christmas themed events/parties

Christmas Sk8 Party (16th/17th Dec) – roller skating disco at Harrow Leisure Centre.
Jimmy Jamtots Christmas Party @ The Windmill Studios (15th Dec) – Christmas themed party for pre school children.

Pantomimes/Theatre
Lots of theatre fun during the festive period 

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood @ Claremont High School
The Wizard of Oz @ Harrow Arts Centre
Peter Pan @ Wembley Arena
Aladdin @ Beck Theatre, Hayes
The Nutcracker @ Watford Colosseum
Aladdin @ Watford Palace Theatre

Aldi have a number of special craft kits in store for Christmas, they are a great activity to do with the kids. We recently decorated and reviewed the Aldi Christmas Fairy and Elf doors. The other kit we picked up in store was the paint your own Christmas baubles set. Like the Fairy and Elf doors, these sets are in store for £1.99 with all profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Included in the Christmas bauble kit

In the box you get six ready to paint baubles, two packs of glitter (silver and gold), a paint brush, some hanging string and a set of paints (mainly in primary colours).

Rose and I took the opportunity whilst the youngest was asleep to get cracking on them. We painted them using the colours in the pack and then whilst still wet we covered them in glitter.

Decorating them would be a fun activity for any age, but probably best from two and half years old up, as the glitter does get everywhere!

We are using the ones Rose decorated as a nice Christmas present for the grandparents, as they love a handmade gift (so I haven’t included a photo). However I kept two aside to personalise with the kids names, for our own Christmas tree. This kit could make your own personalised baubles for the whole family at next to nothing.

 

Christmas Eve boxes have been increasing in popularity each year.  A Christmas Eve box is a festive tradition where you take a box and fill it with goodies to enjoy on Christmas Eve. The trend started in the states and has been picked up around the world.

Now my eldest daughter is almost three we are going to start this tradition in our house. I got our boxes this year from Sue Ryder charity shop, £2.99 for two small boxes, perfect size for some pjs, treats and new Christmas books.

If you are looking for ideas to what you should put in your box this year see below my recommendations.

Christmas Eve Boxes

What should I include in my Christmas Eve Boxes?

There are so many creative ideas for what you can fill them with.
These are some favourites I’ve found;

  • Christmas PJs and socks – perfect for snuggling in together as a family.
  • Christmas book/story or film – something to watch together on Christmas Eve.
  • A family board game – perfect to share as a family across the holidays.
  • Snow globe or tree decoration – start a tradition to add a new one each year.
  • Sweet treats for the kids – most children love sweets or chocolate.
  • Hot chocolate powder – warm drinks to have while watching Christmas TV
  • Treats for Santa and his reindeer – a tipple for Santa and food to leave out for his helpers.
  • A plate for Santa’s treats – children will love leaving out the treats.
  • Bath bomb – encourage the children to have a bath before Christmas Day.
  • Letter from Santa – if they haven’t recieved one already.

Whatever you choose to fill them with, the children will enjoy the anticipation and process of opening them.
Christmas Eve boxes can also be sourced in places such as Home Bargains and Not On The High Street.

If you are looking for other traditons to enjoy over the Christmas season see my post on festive traditions.

I am always looking for new craft ideas to do with my toddler, so was pleased to find Aldi are selling small craft kits for Christmas.

All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and at £1.99 per box you can’t complain.

We completed ours over two days with the painting and decoration. This is a fun low cost crafting activity for any age 2+.

There is nothing better than seeing your child’s face on Christmas morning. However as each year passes our houses slowly start filling up with more toys. This made me think of the presents I like to call Christmas crap.

Christmas Crap

Oh please don’t give her that,
Our house is already full of crap.
We already have a gigantic bear,
He’s so big he needs a chair.

A trampoline takes up so much room,
A box that big fills us with doom.
Plastic bits all over my floor,
Makes cleaning up such a chore.

One small gift is enough,
We don’t mean to be so tough.
But we are running out of space,
Money as a gift would be ace.

The Mummy Bubble