Christmas is starting to feel a lot more like it did when I was little this year. The warm fuzzy feeling is starting to grow, I’ve been thinking about buying presents, I’ve been smiling inanely at the adverts and I haven’t minded one bit that I heard my first Christmas song three weeks ago. Having children does this I think, the little person has got me feeling excited again because I know she’s going to be excited, which is awesome. When it comes to our weekends in our house, they tend to focus on how to keep the kid entertained (read as: wear out as much as possible so she sleeps) Because of this I’m always on the lookout for local, easy things that we can do as a family, so what better than a weekend of Christmas fun at The Bentall Centre in Kingston-Upon-Thames, a stones throw from where I live.
On Saturday 19th November there’ll be a couple of familiar faces around as The Snowman and Snowdog will be making an appearance along with everyone’s favourite postman, Postman Pat and his black and white cat (‘starts singing the song in my head’) A great chance to get some selfies and to get you feeling festive Make sure you get your kids to bring their letters to Father Christmas, as they’ll be able to post them in the centre’s special Christmas Post Box. If you include your address on the letters, you’ll even get a reply from the man himself. I will be writing Olivia’s tonight! And some of us will have a chance to relive (sort of) our hazy clubbing days through our kids as The Bentall Centre turns up the music, dusts off the dancing gear and brings the ultimate family party, Rave-A-Roo! With a residency at The Ministry of Sound, Rave-A-Roo is a bit of daytime fun for the whole family. The pop up rave will take place from 11am-1pm on Sunday 20th November, it’s free attend however this was clearly hugely popular and it’s currently showing as sold out. If you were lucky enough to blag a space, I’ll see you on the dance floor. Otherwise the hosts have suggested if you’re around, just pop by and see if you can get in. Afterwards you’ll be able to make some edible treats with Mrs Christmas and her elves, as kids can decorate gingerbread biscuits and make chocolate snowballs to take home, yum.
The Bentall Centre will also running two awesome campaigns for everyone to get involved in over the festive season. Shoppers visiting from the 17th November to 24th December can snap a picture of any item (ANY ITEM!!) they desire for Christmas, then post the photo on social media with the hashtag #SeeSnapWin for a chance to win that item (err hello handbag?!) They’re are also working with Bearly Loved. A fantastic charity founded by Andrea Lea who realised how comforting a teddy bear had been for her own daughter during a very difficult start in her life. The charity aims to give the gift of love through a bear and also, to teach the child who is sending the bear that a small act of kindness can help change the life of another child. Bring along a bear and drop it in one of the centre’s BearPorts, then on Christmas Eve the bears will be collected up ready to be distributed around the world to children who are not so fortunate. For more information on events at The Bentall Centre have a look at their website. Happy Christmas everyone!