When it comes to doing stuff for Christmas, there is no such thing as too many activities. I love Christmas, and love everything in the lead up to it, from baking to visiting Santa. I have decide to compile a quick list of all the things that you should do if you are local to Peterborough through November and December.
Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 19th November - Cathedral Square
Last year was the first time we took our daughter to see the lights be turned on and she absolutely loved it. As I'm on bed rest now until Little L is due, I'm not sure if we'll make it this year - but maybe I'll sneak out with R to it anyway!
Join Heart Breakfast's Kev & Roz again this year for the annual Christmas light switch on... alongside great music and fun, as always!
Heart's website has all the details you need.
Nene Valley Railway Santa Specials
Saturday 26th November to Christmas Eve
With everything from a visit to Santa with a gift included to a steam train trip with Santa walking through the train, this is an awesome, 'must do' activity for anyone with train loving children this Christmas.
Prices range from £20 depending on what type of experience you're after, and you must pre-book your tickets!
Pick Out Your Christmas Tree
This year, as I probably won't be up to trying to keep a real tree alive (or clear up the occasional mess caused by my toddler or the cats playing with said tree) we will be using an artificial tree.
If you're more inclined to dress a real fir tree this Christmas however, you can purchase them from a number of places locally.
Last year we purchased a beautiful tree from Peterborough Christmas Trees, which set up beside the Gordon Arms on Oundle Road. They vary in price depending on size, and also offer a potted version which can be planted in your garden and used again for years to come.
If you fancy travelling out of town a little way, Nunton Lodge Farm offer a wonderful selection of real trees and also offer a delivery service to get your tree home if you can't fit it in your car.
As always, the local garden centres including Van Hague, Dobbies and Notcutts also offer a selection of real trees - and here you can also find some new decorations and pick yourself up a coffee while you're out.
Visit Father Chrismas at Van Hague
Weekends from Saturday 3rd December and Weekdays from Monday 19th December to Christmas Eve
For just £5 take your little one to visit the man in red at his grotto at Van Hague. With the added bonus of the Gruffalo themed play area and the cafe for parents to get that all important cup of coffee, this is a great choice of destination to visit Santa. Book your tickets on their website early to avoid missing out.
They also offer the chance to have breakfast or tea with Santa and his elves.
Visit Father and Mother Christmas at Sacrewell Farm
Saturday 3rd December to Christmas Eve
We absolutely love Sacrewell Farm, and once again they are hosting a Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their elves!
Under 2s are £6; children are £11; and adults are £7 but with Christmas activities, crafts, a gift, a visit to Santa and full access to the farm and facilities this price is pretty awesome. If you book a weekend slot you also get the chance to meet the reindeer too!
It may be worth prebooking your visit, as it gets very busy, very quickly!
Coca Cola Truck Stop
Tuesday 13th December - Serpentine Green Shopping Centre
Last year the truck stopped off in town, however this year it is heading to Hampton instead!
It is completely free to visit - although having been last year my suggestion is you arrive early as the queue can get a little crazy!
Clay Christmas Decoration Making
Thursday 22nd December - Ferry Meadows
Another free event (with a suggested donation of £2) this is a great way to get the children out and have a bit of fun just before Christmas!
The park rangers help you to make and decorate a clay decoration to take home and hang on your tree.
Sounds awesome, but we'll have to wait and see what happens with Little L due just a couple of days before!