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Free Festive Activities for Families

Lucinda Fox·Dec 9, 2022

Get into the Christmas spirit without breaking the bank!

Take part in some free festive activities that all members of your family will love.

With the holiday season in full swing, many families like yours are searching for ways to participate in the Christmas festivities without breaking the bank.

Also, with the kids breaking up from school in the next few weeks, you amongst many other parents are probably wondering about how to keep them occupied!

Here at NetVoucherCodes, we appreciate that budgets are tight during this time of year, so we’ve put together a range of festive activities that the whole family can enjoy for free!

Bake some Christmas Cookies

Bake some Christmas cookies

Do you want to leave out some treats for Santa? Treat the big man to some homemade cookies this year. You will probably already have the ingredients lying around in your cupboards, so all that’s left to do is bake away! 

Add some festive cookie cutters to your collection to create some goodies that the whole family can get involved with and decorate. This is a great activity to enjoy with the family and will create some magic for the little ones.

Go on a Winter Walk

There really is nothing better than a winter walk during the crisp, colder months. Whether you want to treat your dog to a festive outing or get your children to enjoy some time outside, this is a great option for those looking for free activities over the festive period.

Here in the UK, we are blessed with some beautiful scenic spaces to enjoy whilst exploring the great outdoors.

With many spots such as national parks, forests and beaches dotted around the country, there is a range of free places to choose from. 

If you don’t want to venture far, then why not take a walk around your local high street or village? As well as taking a look at the beautiful Christmas displays in shop windows, you can look around at the twinkling lights down the streets and spot the best-decorated house this year.

Visit Santa

Visit Santa with the kids at a free event.

There are many Santa meet & greets around the UK that are completely free of charge! Take your kids to go and see the big man himself and tell him what’s at the top of their wish list this year.

Simply type in ‘meet Santa near (your local area)’ into Google and a selection of events will appear. Choose a free one to enjoy a magical day out without breaking the bank!

Visit a Garden Centre

Do you want to get the kids out of the house? Visit your local garden centre to wander around and enjoy the winter plants and lights.

Most garden centres also have seasonal events such as crafts, Santa’s grotto and even wreath making! Check out what is on near you over the next few weeks to plan a day to remember, or even make some new annual traditions for your family.

Have a Christmas Games Night

Let your competitive spirit go wild with a fun family games night. Dig out your favourite board games from the cupboards and let the hours fly by as you bond with your relatives. If you have a games console, you could also play against each other on that, whether it’s a one-to-one driving race or some dance battles.

Games night at Christmas

Why not add some Christmas-themed snacks and drinks to your games night to load your fun-filled activity with some festive spirit?

This will channel the magic of the big day in the lead-up to Christmas without breaking the bank.

Check out Museums

Take a look at some of the museums near you as they often host activities and events  to keep families occupied during the holidays.

Whether it’s arts and crafts or themed exhibitions, it’s worth looking into as it costs nothing to go to most museums.

Go to the Christmas Markets

If you want to get into the festive spirit, then this is the option for you! There are Christmas Markets in many cities across the UK, including the famous Winter Wonderland in London and ones in Manchester and Birmingham. 

Most of these are completely free to enter, so it is worth wandering around them during off-peak times to soak up the atmosphere of decorated markets and Christmas-themed lights.

Boasting a range of charming stalls selling delicious festive food and drink, the Christmas vibes are sure to get your feeling merry.

Be mindful, the stallholders will try to tempt you to buy the products on offer, but these can be expensive and ramp up the cost of your visit.

Simply pack some drinks and food for you to snack on throughout your visit so you can enjoy the experience completely free of charge!

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