Wiki-d Christmas weekends for you and your little ones!

Local mum Susie Lodge, owner of, is bursting with excitement about Christmas this year now that her children are a bit older. She suggests some fun ideas for festive family days out…

Yipppeee, Christmas is here… and I for one have been in the festive spirit of things since at least mid November!

I feel so excited about it this year now that both my little ones are enchanted by the magic of it all.

So, for this festive issue I wanted to highlight some of the amazing places you should visit to get into the Christmassy mood.

Here are some alternative ideas for the weekends that lead us up to the big day…

Tucked away in lovely Whaddon is the wonderful Thrift Farm, and if you didn’t know, they are having visits from Santa for the first three weekends of the month.

Not only do you get to meet the big man but you will decorate a Christmas cookie, make and take home your own reindeer food and also receive a Christmas pressie too!

At only £7.95 per child, it’s a perfect day out as you can also visit the farm as part of your ticket.

Waddesdon Manor as always will be enchanting… continuing their magical Winter Light theme, the grounds will literally light up this Christmas.

And with Christmas fayres through to December 10, an illuminated lantern walk, the electric menagerie and of course the Christmas takeover of the house, this is one place not to miss.

Get your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

For something totally unique, you should head down to the Boat Inn at Stoke Bruerne where they host the most wonderful Santa Cruises on the canal.

During a 1.5 hour boat ride through the Blisworth tunnel you will feast on mince pies and refreshments, play party games and meet Santa, who will chat with each child in person and present them with their Christmas gift!

For all train and Thomas The Tank Engine fans, the Buckingham Railway Centre will be running their wonderful steam train rides aboard Thomas, a dream come true for the littles ones, plus a visit and gift from Santa while aboard!

Among the many amazing events being held at National Trust properties across our region, Stowe is hosting a plethora of fabulous traditions this Christmas, including carols, Christmas shopping events, an advent calendar discovery trail and more.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and see you in the new year for more fabulous family finds!

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