Christmas plans this year are going to be very different – as if this year hasn’t been the ultimate test of character already – many events have been cancelled with the inclusion of smaller Christmas celebrations being imposed on families around the country.
However, not all is lost. There are a few Christmas events scheduled to go ahead as planned. If you are planning on visiting any of these events, please be sure to keep checking associated websites for further information in accordance with government guidelines.
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1. Evenings at White Post Farm
See the farm lit up and sparkling with Christmas lights. See Santa, his Elves (with a gift for every child) and enjoy an outdoor sing-a-long with the Frozen Princesses. A spokesman said: "Wrap up warm and meet some of our friendly animals, and maybe even some new born lambs and goat kids! Things to remember, gloves, scarf, to leave room for a yummy hot chocolate." Book the event, which starts at 4pm, online. Pictured is the princess at last years event. (whitepostfarm.digitickets.co.uk)
Photo: Rachel Atkins
2. Christmas Family Trail, Sherwood Forest
Stroll off any extra mince pies and Christmas treats in the forest, by finding items for the Robin Hood's medieval feast along your way. A spokesman said: "Can you work out the missing word and count how many snowflakes are hidden amongst the trees?" The family trail is £2 and includes a souvenir Sherwood Forest pencil. Available 11am to 3pm daily, December 12 to January 3.
Photo: jason chadwick
3. Interactive Nativity Play, White Post Farm
On Christmas Eve they will be carrying on their 30 year tradition, but this year with their first ever Nativity film. A spokesman added: "Settle down on Christmas Eve and let our staff and our animals tell you the story of Christmas. Details on how to book this event will be released in the coming days."
Photo: Anne Shelley
4. Christmas in the Courtyard, Rufford Abbey Country Park
Although they have cancelled a few events including Santa's Grotto, their mini Christmas market is still going ahead. It is running 10am to 4pm, December 5 and 6, 12 and 13 and 19 and 20. A spokesman said: "It is highly recommended to prebook your car park space before your visit as we are running on reduced spaces to manage numbers on site."
Photo: Anne Shelley