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At Home Experiences That Will Make Christmas Extra Special for the Kids

· Katie Wells · Christmas

Christmas at home can still be full of festive fun.

Wrongsemble Humbug Virtual Christmas Adventure

You can get the kids into the Christmas spirit while staying safe with these at home experiences.

Christmas is going to be different this year, that’s for sure. But the good news is that the kids don’t have to miss out on any of the usual fun thanks to these Leeds theatre and events companies. That’s right – they’re bringing all the festivities live to your living room! The youngsters can get involved in a yuletide mystery, watch a super-silly winter game show or even video chat with Santa. Can’t decide? Treat the kids to all of them – it’s Christmas, after all!

HUMBUG Online Christmas Adventure

Wrongsemble Humbug Christmas Digital Adventure

Want to get stuck into a festive family adventure, all from the comfort of your couch? HUMBUG is the online experience for you. Christmas is normally a time of joy at the Ministry of Make Believe, but this year someone’s been up to mischief – the baubles are exploding, the trees have no leaves and the snowmen have lost their noses! It’s your job to solve the mystery, find the culprit and save Christmas over seven interactive instalments. You’ll even get a Fact File full of clues sent to your door.

HUMBUG takes place from Tuesday 1st December 2020 to Tuesday 5th January 2021. It costs £10 and can be booked on Wrongsemble’s website.

The Digital Story of the Snow Queen

Tutti Fruitti The Snow Queen Digital Reading

Credit: Brian Slater

You can treat the little ones to an extra-special festive storytime thanks to Tutti Frutti. The Leeds-based children’s theatre company are doing a reading of their 2018 adaptation of the Snow Queen. You’ll hear the story of Kai and Gerda, two friends who get into a spot of trouble when they bump into the ice-cold queen. She freezes Kai’s heart, so it’s down to Gerda to save her friend and bring back the warm weather. The reading comes with a craft activity for the kids.

The Digital Story of the Snow Queen is available online from Thursday 3rd to Thursday 31st December 2020. It’s free and you can register to watch online.

The Virtual Rasta Claus Experience

Rasta Claus Virtual Experience

Bored of seeing the same old Santa? Well, this year you can pay a virtual visit to his cool cousin Rasta Claus instead. Get ready for a 15-minute interactive online grotto experience like no other. To kick things off, the kids will meet Mama Africa and learn to bust some moves to festive beats in her dance workshop. They’ll then get a one-to-one with Rasta Claus himself, where the jolly man will spread some cheer and ask the little ones what their Christmas wishes are.

The Virtual Rasta Claus Experience takes place from Friday 11th to Wednesday 23rd December 2020. It costs from £17.50 and can be booked on BoomChikkaBoom’s website.

Cinderella

Northern Opera’s enchanting re-telling of Cinderella is a must for the whole family this December – and the best part? You can watch it online. You’ll follow Cinderella on one magical night when she’s transformed from a lowly maid into a beautiful princess, with a little help from the Fairy Godmother of course. The classic fairytale is soundtracked by a beautiful score written by Pauline Viardot, that’s been translated into English by Rachel M Harris. The performance was filmed across Leeds, so see if you can recognise any local treasures!

Cinderella is available from Saturday 12th December 2020. It costs from £5 and can be booked on Northern Opera Group’s website.

Virtual Santa

Sneaky Experience Virtual Santa Grotto

You don’t need to visit his grotto to see Santa this year, because he’s streaming live to your living room! Sneaky Experience have arranged a broadcast direct from the North Pole so the kids can still get some quality time with the big man this Christmas. It’s a 30-minute interactive experience, where the kids will get to hear tales from the North Pole and learn the ‘Dance of the Elves’, before getting to chat to Santa about their all-important Christmas list.

Virtual Santa takes place from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd December 2020. It costs £10 and can be booked on Sneaky Experience’s website.

You Bet It’s Christmas Game Show

Slung low You Can Bet It's Game Show

Slung Low are live-streaming a festive-edition of their bonkers game show on Facebook and YouTube. With crazy challenges, a live band and buckets of festive cheer, it’s the ultimate feel-good event for families. Audience participation is highly encouraged even if you’re watching from home, so get ready to don your Christmas jumpers, sing, dance and scream silly catchphrases! Why not get involved in the sprout scoffing and see if you can beat the competitors?

The You Bet It’s Christmas Game Show takes place at 6pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2020. It’s free to watch on Slung Low’s Facebook and YouTube channels.