It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

With just five weeks until Christmas, I thought I’d get into the festive spirit with a spot of outdoor ice-skating at London’s Natural History Museum. get into the festive mood There are lots of places dotted throughout the UK, some set amongst the splendour of stunning old buildings and quirky surroundings. You’ll find outdoor skating at Brighton's Royal Pavilion, Winchester Cathedral, Cardiff’s City Hall Lawn, Glasgow's George Square and even in the heart of the Eden Project. These are just a few of the wonderful spots where you can lap up the surroundings whilst gliding around by moonlight. If ice-skating doesn’t take your fancy then here are a few of other ideas to get you in the festive mood...  

Book a Christmas Show

get into the festive mood We are really fancying 'A Christmas Carol' here in the office. With an all-star cast including Jim Broadbent, this fresh stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens' novel is on at the Noel Coward Theatre in London for a limited time. Or if it’s instant family fun you’re looking for, then of course it has to be a panto. Big Panto Guide lists every single one throughout the UK including how long it’s running for and where to buy tickets – Oh yes they do :)  

Feast on festive delights at a Christmas market

get into the festive mood Mulled wine, street food, arts, crafts and all things ‘Noël’ – there’s nothing like the wrapping up warm and savouring the smells, tastes and wares of your local Christmas market. Lincoln is the longest standing one in UK – now in its 30th year. Its perfect location in the medieval square - between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral - is magical and makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. For this and many more listings for this years Christmas markets check out this website.  

Sing your heart out at a carol concert

get into the festive mood All around UK, choirs and orchestras are practicing for the festive season - most churches, cathedrals and minsters will have a carol concert that everyone is able to attend. All you need to do is check out their websites or local noticeboards. Or, if you want to join in - on a mammoth scale - then the Christmas Carol Singalong at The Royal Albert Hall is something I can personally vouch for. It leaves you with that lovely warm feeling for hours after.  

Write a letter to Father Christmas

For the children, of course... get into the festive mood I know this is what I am going to be doing this weekend. It’s something that reminds me of when I was a child and tried to stay awake all night to see Father Christmas – I never managed it though. Now’s it’s my chance (and yours too if you also have little ones) to see little eyes light up at the prospect of a peek of Mr Claus. Be sure to write and send your letter by 6th December to get a reply. For more information and the all-important full address, take a look here.   Well, I hope you’re all now feeling Christmassy, I am just from writing this post. If you have more suggestions to get in to the festive mood then we’d love to hear about them. And of course, don’t forget our post last week on homemade Christmas presents – an afternoon of mixing, baking and decorating is great fun too! Love Emma

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