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What The Citizen Enfants Team Are Up To This December

Festive fun is the order of the day as Christmas approaches. Here are some wonderful things to do, see and try with children this December.

As little one’s thoughts turn to the imminent arrival of Father Christmas, we’re checking out some of the best places to meet the man in red this December – as well stylish ways to decorate, cook and dress for the season. Including festive family-friendly hotels, last-minute gift ideas, party outfits and wintery days out that children will love, this is all the inspiration you’ll need for a magical month.


Sheena Bhattessa, Founder

@sheenabhattessa

BOOK The Gruffalo’s Child at Garrick Theatre. My daughter loves the book and will no doubt love the stage adaptation too. DO Just before I travel for the holidays, I’ll be taking my daughter to Portman Marylebone where she can write her letter to Santa.  Father Christmas will be there on 14 December as well so kids can take pictures with him and tell Santa their Christmas wishes before he collects his letters and heads back to the North Pole. USE Christmas Baking for Children, a cookbook filled with Christmas recipes for cakes, biscuits and treats that I can make with my daughter over the holidays. It also includes lovely ideas on decorating and wrapping, so we can make foodie presents for everyone as wonderful Christmas gifts. EAT At Padella for a very family-friendly indulgent pasta, one for the adults and the kids. TRY The wrap-over leggings from ADANOLA. They are perfect for doing everything, every day, on the go. They’ll likely be my go-to for upcoming travel too, so I can be comfortable on the plane. BUY As I am preparing for long-haul travel with two children under two, I’ve invested in a couple of toys that I hope will engage them on the flight, including the lenbest Travel Tray, Magic Water Colouring Books and plenty of pop up nursery rhyme books for the baby.

 

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Morag Turner, Citizen Enfants Editor

@morag_turner

VIST A few years ago we flew to Finland with Magic of Lapland to meet Father Christmas there too, which I would also highly recommend as a true once-in-a-lifetime family trip. This year, I’m taking my youngest son and my nieces and nephews to Lapland UK; it’s the most wonderful and immersive festive experience. SEE I like to do something fun on the day that school breaks up, so I’m going to see the new Wonka movie with lots of children and then back to ours for a Christmas party with decorations and children’s crackers from Meri Meri. PLAY My youngest is learning to play the piano so I’ve bought him Merry Christmas Carols for the Piano. There will be plenty of carol singing over Christmas. PACK We are heading north for a snowy Christmas at my family home in the Highlands. I will be packing my children’s beautiful, personalised stockings from Lands’ End ready to hang by the fire. EAT Fortnum & Mason is the place to shop for festive treats and I’ll be buying this white chocolate snowman for all the kids on my list. BUY My older sons have school ski trips to Austria soon; I’m getting them new googles from Oakley and some ski ties so they can easily spot their skis on the rack. USE December is a marathon of fun and all the parties can leave me feeling (and looking) tired so I use Patchology eye gels for a quick refresh. I keep them in the fridge and make good use of them in the mornings while I’m making breakfast.

 

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Alexandra Carello, PR Director, Citizen Femme

@alexandracarello

BUY MY girls love dressing up all year, but especially at Christmas. I love Rachel Riley’s party dresses. So sweet and traditional. VISIT Connaught Hotel at Christmas is a regular haunt over Christmas for drinks with my family. It’s one of the prettiest hotels in London at this time of year and does a great hot chocolate for little ones. WEAR Christmas is the perfect occasion to dress up any outfit with a bow, and Marzoline have the most gorgeous collection. READ I will be snuggling up with my girls and reading The Night Before Christmas on December 24th. A classic that they love to hear every year. MAKE We will all love making this pretty gingerbread house from Biscuiteers which comes with everything you need to decorate it – though I image my girls will be eating more as they go than they stick on the house! SHOP Party season means new heels and I love this sparkly pair from Jimmy Choo that will go with everything.

 

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Laura Normanton, writer and editor

@lauranormanton

VISIT I am taking my toddler to see Father Christmas at Anya’s Grotto which is always wonderfully decorated with candy cane forests, plenty of crunchy snow, twinkling baubles and icicle caves. SEE Meanwhile, my husband is taking me to the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House which is, for me, perhaps the ultimate Christmassy date night in London. WEAR I’ll be wearing my new floral Liberty print dress from O’Pioneers for a long lunch with friends at the recently renovated Walmer Castle pub in Notting Hill, while my son is head to toe in sustainable boys clothing brand J&Josh. ENJOY To get ready for the party season, I’ll be having a facial with Debbie Thomas and a hair cut at Josh Wood. BUY My front-door wreath annually comes from FLOWERBX  and I decorate the dining table with hand-made paper snowdrops from Georgia Doherty’s Plants for Shade. SEE We will be visiting the Hiroshi Sugimoto photography exhibition at the Southbank Centre. STAY For an easy family mini-break, I’ve booked a few days at Four Seasons Hampshire. The hotel is an easy one-hour drive from central London and caters for all ages with a complimentary kids club, indoor swimming pool, plenty of activities such as horse riding and a spa, which I personally am longing for!

 

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Georgia Knight, Founder, Bubba & Me

@bubbaandmeuk


STAY
 at Estelle Manor. This fantastic new Cotswolds opening is fantastic for both parents and children with a whole range of activities available including a Birds of Prey show and the mini Land Rovers for children suitable for ages three years and upwards. WATCH Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This is a must-see show for any parent who has a Frozen-obsessed little one. WEAR It has to be the Yuki Jacket by Donsje Amsterdam available at Bubba & Me. It’s the perfect jacket for upcoming adventurers with a relaxed silhouette and an adorable animal design. Advice: purchase one size up for extra longevity, it still looks good oversized! DRINK I am currently 25 weeks pregnant so nothing too adventurous for me but I am loving Clean Co non-alcoholic gin – crisp and balanced perfectly with botanicals – I don’t feel like I am missing out on an alcoholic beverage when drinking this. PLAY We love heading to Hever Castle for a fun day out. It’s both educational and exciting for children. You can start with a tour of the castle looking at the amazing outfits and some of the costumes from the film Elizabeth I followed by a run around in the adventure playground. They’ve always got extra activities on as well – this month they have Father Christmas and a Christmas trail. SEE Christmas at Bedgebury for the ultimate Christmas spectacular. A one-mile winter trail with towering trees with reed-like neon structures and sparkling tunnels of light.

 

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