15 Winter Wonderland activities for 2018

Winter Wonderland arrives at Center Parcs this week and there are more festive family activities for everyone to get involved in than ever.

Enjoy our spectacular firework displays
Enjoy our spectacular firework displays
Elf Academy
Elf Academy
Elf Hunt
Elf Hunt
Festive Cupcake Decorating
Festive Cupcake Decorating
Jingle Jolly Party Hour
Jingle Jolly Party Hour
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Enjoy our spectacular firework displays
Enjoy our spectacular firework displays
Elf Academy
Elf Academy
Elf Hunt
Elf Hunt
Festive Cupcake Decorating
Festive Cupcake Decorating
Jingle Jolly Party Hour
Jingle Jolly Party Hour

As the weather turns and the dark evenings set in, the thoughts of Christmas begin. All our villages will transform into a magical Winter Wonderland on 9 November and with this, an array of exciting activities, spectacular events and all round Christmas cheer arrives. Here’s a guide of 15 festive activities that you’ll be able to enjoy when you visit Center Parcs until 1 January 2019 (in no particular order).

1. Santa’s Woodland Workshop

A Christmas tradition that the whole family will love. Santa has joined us at Center Parcs for a well-earned break before the big night, where Santa and his little helpers are spending their time in Santa’s Woodland Workshop. You can visit Santa to tell him what’s on your Christmas list, take a photo with him and to remember your visit, he may give you a special present to take away.

2. Fireworks

Our fireworks display happens every Sunday and Wednesday evening at 6pm (6.30 pyrotechnics display at Woburn Forest) on breaks from 11th November to 20th December during Winter Wonderland.

Further displays will be held at 6pm on Saturday 22nd December, Wednesday 26th December and Saturday 29th December.

3. Festive Pony Rides

Before or after an exciting visit to Santa Claus, take a magical pony ride through the snow-dusted, glittering forest. Our ponies are rein-led and suitable for children. This has been a favourite activity for children for a number of years now, as a pony ride at Christmas is double the excitement for little ones! Suitable for absolute beginners, it is the perfect way to introduce them to the joys of pony riding, with our gentle ponies offering a reassuringly mellow ride as they walk through our magical forest.

4. Horse and Carriage Rides

Riding in a horse-drawn carriage is always a special experience, and it becomes even more memorable when you’re travelling through our stunning woodland in Winter Wonderland. So sit back and let the sounds and scenery wash over you as you trot gently around the village. It’s a great way to get your bearings around our festive forest.

5. Meet the Reindeer

This activity offers you and your little ones the chance to get close to some of these beautiful creatures together, to learn about them from our knowledgeable conservation rangers.

6. Design a giant Christmas stocking

When Santa comes down the chimney, he’ll be impressed to notice a glittering, sparkling Christmas stocking hanging on the fireplace. Join your little ones as they get creative with glitter, festive decorations and colourful fabric pens to make their very own customised stocking. Designing their own Christmas stocking to hang on the fireplace this Christmas Eve. We’ll provide the stocking and decorating equipment… all you need to bring is your imaginations.

7. Elf Academy

For months the village elves have been helping Santa to get ready for the big day. Now they’re experts in all things Christmas and they’d love to pass on some of their skills to a new set of trainee elves. Bring your little ones along to the Academy and they’ll get the chance to practise Christmas crafts, decorate festive treats to eat and learn some elf dance moves and games. There are lots of surprises along the way and they get to keep their elf outfits.

8. Elf Hunt

We’re going on an Elf Hunt… and we’d love you and your little one to join us. Explore the trail together through our forest, searching for hidden clues. Once you’ve solved them, there’s a special seasonal treat waiting for you at the end.

9. Festive Family Cupcake Decorating

Spend some quality family time at our cupcake decorating masterclass learn tricks of the trade and create six beautiful festive cupcakes to display in a presentation box which you can share with family and friends!

10. Festive Pottery Painting

Our Pottery Painting Studio is a great place for the whole family to enjoy an activity together. Each choose their favourite piece of pottery from our huge range, then add some seasonal sparkle and festive finesse. From baubles to tree decorations, to Nutmeg and Clove… the choice is yours. We’ll professionally glaze and fire it overnight ready for you the next day.

11. Festive Teddy Bear Picnic

Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic… and you and your little ones are invited. Choose a favourite teddy and join us for some special festive songs and stories before we follow the trail to our Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Every child will receive a new cuddly bear of their own at the end to take home.

12. Festive Treasure Trail

Weave your way along our woodland trails on bikes, discovering a wonderland filled with sparkling surprises. Dotted along the route are special Christmas clues – spot them all and you could win an exciting prize.

13. Festive Wreath Making

It’s the hands-on way to get creative this festive season. Bring your little ones and help them to create a festive door wreath that can be used every year. Don’t worry if you’re stuck for inspiration one of our creative Activity Den team will be on hand with lots of ideas and pictures to use.

14. Jingle Jolly Party Hour

Join the elves for a lively party packed full of upbeat music, energetic dancing and fun games. In this supervised session, little ones can make new friends and burn off some energy, before leaving with their very own goody bag to keep the party going…

15. We Wish you a Merry Quizmas

Every member of the family can take part in our fun quiz as you pit your festive wits against other family teams. The questions are all about Christmas and our professional quiz master will be making sure everything runs smoothly. The only trouble is the young ones may know more than the older ones.

To book your family’s festive fun, check out our online activities website and make sure that you don’t miss out on the ones that you really want to take part in.

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Andrew Regan

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Andrew Regan

As Marketing Manager at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests and the insider knowledge from our villages. As a dad of two myself (age six and three) I'm a regular Center Parcs guest - we love the family time we get together when visiting. I'll share everything I know with you here.