Spending Christmas at home with the family or going out for a festive break? Here’s our round-up of Christmas family entertainment ideas to get you started!
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TRADITIONAL STYLE GAMES
Liven up your dining table during the festive period with this hilarious Mince Spies Dinner Party Game.
The set includes 18 mince pie-shaped coasters, each featuring a secret spy mission. Examples include: ’Your Mission: Take selfies with other people, but only include yourself in the picture’; ‘Steal some food from the plate of at least two people around the table’ and ‘Separately tell three people which animal they remind you of and why’. Can you complete your mission and remain undiscovered?
Price: £9.99 from iwantoneofthose.com
It’s that time of year when everybody loves a good jigsaw puzzle. Trouble is, once it’s been built, the challenge is over. Until now! In ‘Night at the Movies’, what looks like an ordinary drive-in cinema image is in fact packed it with 101 famous movies for you to find while you build.
Challenge the family to find as many as they can – individually or in teams. Can kids beat the adults?!
The stakes are high and the martinis dry in this must-have game for all James Bond aficionados, featuring six 007s and the most memorable arch-enemies of the iconic spy.
The name is Bond. Bond Bingo.
Grab Q’s gadgets and rev up the Aston Martin DB5 in readiness for a high-stakes game. Featuring 64 characters and curiosities from the world’s most famous movie franchise – including six 007s, his most iconic nemeses, and his most innovative cars and devices – this is the ultimate gift for Bond fans.
Snatch victory from the jaws of Jaws and win bigger than Le Chiffre! Be the first to fill your bingo card and shout SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED! to win.
Price: £24.99 from Waterstones.
For families serious about their Christmas games, Aspinal of London offers a luxury range of traditional favourites including Scrabble and Monopoly.
To take a break from technology and entertain yourself and your friends wherever you are, these beautiful leather travel back gammon sets are handmade with the finest calf leather in a variety of signature finishes.
When not in use these complete travel backgammon sets simply roll up and are secured by a removable leather strap and buckle. Inside, the board has contrasting leather points and contrasting stitching, and the checkers and dice are stowed in a round leather case at the side.
Price: £395 from Aspinal of London.
Looking for an extraordinary gift for kids and all the family?
This fun and educational Virtual Reality pack unlocks the secrets of the oceans (getting you close to sharks and whales!) in the ultimate underwater immersive adventure. Explore, learn and discover the oceans like never before with amazing VR adventures and thrilling AR (augmented reality) experiences powered by your smartphone.
Emmy award-winning directors, cinematographers, underwater VR camera specialists and computer graphic artists, together with world-renowned marine biologists, conservation experts and other scientists, have circumnavigated the globe and the far recesses of their imaginations to produce some of the most magical and exciting underwater experiences ever created.
Together, with the single goal of bringing ocean enthusiasts closer to these amazing creatures than ever before in their natural environments, these professionals have created experiences and stories that last a lifetime.
Ideal entertainment for the family. Featured in National Geographic Kids, The Week Junior & The Beano.
Price: £79.99 includes VR/AR Googles, Holographic Explorer Cube, 36 Page Hardback Book Quick Start Guide, from letsexplore.com
Prepare to dance (and laugh!!) with this fun activity for all the family. Play the tunes and follow the moves, see if you can keep up and cheer others on.
With 40 new must-dance songs Just Dance 2021 includes chart-topping hits, great classics for families, viral internet phenomena and emerging artists you need to know!
Use the quick play button to launch a random playlist tailored to your own taste. Use the Sweat Mode for fitness routines to shift the Christmas excess. The Kid Mode has 8 new kid-friendly songs and choreographies for a fun dance experience.
Team up with friends and share the fun thanks to the Co-op mode.
Not enough? Access the Just Dance Unlimited subscription-based streaming service to (re)dance on 550+ songs and more! Every copy of the game comes with 1-month’s access.
We’re exhausted just thinking about it!
Price: from £49.99 from Go2Games.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this Ravensburger World of Creativity advent calendar.
There are 24 daily activities for you to open and explore in the run-up to Christmas, including 3D puzzles, stickers and more. Create your own Christmas fun with Ravensburger!
Price: £11.99 (Regular price £24.99) from Maquio.
An alternative to an advent calendar with 24 Christmas craft activities. Packed with simple craft and cooking activities with a Christmassy theme, using things you’ll easily find to hand about the house. Make everything from garlands and gift tags to reindeer snacks and wrapping paper.
Countdown to Christmas Paperback edition by James Maclaine
Price: £5.99 + FREE delivery from Wordery.
CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES & MINI-BREAKS
Take the stress out of Christmas and take your family for a festive break in one of the Warner Leisure Hotels throughout England, Wales and the Isle of Wight.
Four-night stays, starting 23 December 2021*, include champion breakfasts, lunches and three-course evening dining that showcase festive fayre (yes, we’re talking turkey!).
By day, feel-good movies, afternoon cabarets, quizzes and, of course, panto keep it traditional – Little Red Riding Hood and a Big Bad Wolf are ready and waiting.
The UK’s most talented acts and tributes bring music and laughs every night. There are shows from the Warner Production Team and with fairy lights, Christmas trees and fireworks, who couldn’t feel as jolly as Santa himself (and yes, the big man in red is due a visit).
Price: from £589 per person, see www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk
*Studley Castle is a 3-night break starting 24 December 2021
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