While the cold makes most adults want to snuggle under a blanket in front of an open fire, many traditional Christmas scenes depict the outdoors in a tantalising way for children and as soon as the school holidays start, little ones will be keen to get outdoors to explore everything these short mid-winter days with super long shadows have to offer. Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite things to do outdoors in December as the festive season gets into full swing!
- Spot a Robin
According to the RSPB, the Robin is the nation’s favourite bird and most certainly popular at Christmas time, despite singing all year round. These brave little souls happily perch near to houses so have a reputation for being friendly, but actually they are quite territorial. Maybe it’s the ‘red’ breast that has built up their association to Christmas but did you know, young Robins are golden brown? Wrap up warm in a Dry Kids Padded jacket and Body Warmer while you sit and wait for these inquisitive little visitors.
- Scatter reindeer food
A relatively new activity, schools and retailers sell ready-made sparkly treats for reindeers to re-fuel while Father Christmas makes his visit. The sparkles might look magical adorning your driveway or lawn but they are not so good for wildlife tummies. Here is a Wildlife-friendly reindeer food recipe from the RSPCA.
- Oxfordshire at Christmas
As a business based in Oxfordshire, we couldn’t resist posting a real luxury on our doorstep. Christmas at Blenheim is well-documented as one of the highlights of our region. The Palace is themed and glorious and the light trail is a memorable (and ‘Instagrammable’) feast for the senses!
- Victorian Markets
And also on our doorstep is the Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market – a beautiful small town steeped in British literary history and offering some real treats for children, with interactive toy museums, cobbled streets with magical stories, the Victorian market which is in Stratford from 9-12th December promises fun for all the family.
- Traditional Christmas
Back to Oxford, the Oxford Covered Market comes to life at Christmas. Explore traditional butchers and cheese shops, handmade gifts, soaps and artisan food under the Victorian arches. Charmingly decorated, tucked right in the centre of Oxford, it’s a hidden gem and an annual tradition for our family.
And if you are visiting any of these locations in the evening, remember our Kids waterproof gear includes reflective piping for improved visibility at night.