December is such a busy month! There are school plays, lines to rehearse, costumes to buy, Christmas cards to write, teacher gifts to think about, not to mention all of the other presents to buy, and there’s always someone you’ve forgotten, even when you think you’re finished. Then you run out of tape or wrapping paper! The Chrismas dinner to arrange, kids school parties and ugly jumper days. But there is a little break where there are no school runs to think about, no uniform to wash and it might, just might slow down a bit… So, If you do manage to get the odd day where you can think about doing something fun, here are some things you might enjoy in Peterborough this Christmas!
Nothing says winter like donning your hats, scarves and gloves and going for a skate. Outside Van Hague, this year at the PE1 retail park is an outdoor ice rink. Made of real ice, and complete with atmospheric lighting and festive music, The rink is open NOW until Monday 8th January from 12 noon to 8pm daily. Group bookings and private hire are also available by request. The sessions are 45 minutes each, and tickets start at just £5.00. Tickets are available to purchase from the Ice rink at PE1, or you can book online here.
Go to a pantomime.
We are totally spoilt for choice with pantomimes this year…
- At the Key Theatre, you can see Sleeping Beauty. With everything you expect from a Key Theatre Pantomime, we return with an all singing, all dancing month of music and madness! Adventure and excitement are always a major part of panto at the Key together with an abundance of slapstick, humour, music and spectacle and this story has it all. Running from Dec 7th to Jan 7th with special screenings for parents with young babies and for people with autism and learning difficulties, an audio described performance for the visually impaired and a signed performance for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- The Cresset is hosting Snow White. This classic fairy story is the subject of our pantomime in 2017, and promises everything you’ve come to expect from a Cresset panto; Songs, music, laughter, magic and bags of audience participation, delivering fantastic entertainment for all the family. Snow White will be joined by seven very special friends as they try to defeat the wickedest of wicked queens and reunite our heroine with the dashing Prince Charming. With a fantastic cast headed by Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts), tickets are already selling fast, so don’t be bashful, book now!
- Or you can see Aladdin at the Broadway Theatre – this pantomime will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter! With a cast of professionally trained performers, live musicians and brand new dazzling sets and costumes, this pantomime is not to be missed!
Santa Specials at Nene Valley Railway.
Hop on board a steam train for you NVR Santa experience! Visit to Santa’s log cabin where each child receives a special present from the old gentleman himself. Then, join our steam hauled, decorated train for a fun-filled ride to Peterborough and return.
During the journey our train staff serve the children with a drink and chocolates. Parents and other adults are not forgotten with a mince pie and either an alcoholic miniature, wine or a hot drink. Santa walks through the train to see the children, providing an opportunity to take photographs and to wish everyone the compliments of the season. A very popular activity, running up to Christmas Eve, your kids are bound to have fun!
Take the kids to see Father Christmas.
Our favourite place to go personally is at Baytree Garden Centre. They have a little train and you go around a whole winter wonderland. Totally worth the queues. Also, Santa gives out a little Christmas Tree with each gift. Buf if that’s a bit far or you fancy something different, Jaymee has a whole list of places where Santa will be hanging out.
Cathedral Christmas Concert.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the sound of a choir singing carols so why not treat yourself to a concert in Peterborough glorious Cathedral. A programme of traditional music for choir and organ, with carols for the audience, all in the magnificent acoustic of the Cathedral. Performed by Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus. Tickets: £25, £20, £15 (U18s half price).