SNOW IS FALLING

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ICE SKAT­ING, LON­DON

‘ Tis the sea­son for ice rinks to ap­pear where you least ex­pect them. In Lon­don, the most spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions in­clude the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, where a rink sits be­neath a Christ­mas tree and Al­fred Water­house’s glo­ri­ous ter­ra­cotta build­ing. Som­er­set House is an­other favourite, with an ex­cel­lent bar, while Hamp­ton Court Palace might be the cap­i­tal’s most ro­man­tic spot for a skate. Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum skate from £12.50 (child from £8.80); un­til Jan 20; nhm.ac.uk

ICE SCULP­TURES, MANCH­ESTER

Of­fer­ing more than just an ice rink, Manch­ester’s Cathe­dral Gar­dens are home to an ice cav­ern filled with more than 100 frozen sculp­tures de­pict­ing elves and an­i­mals, hand-carved by some of the world’s best ice artists. There is also a wood­land mar­ket, choirs and Santa’s grotto. Fam­ily en­try to the ice cav­ern £28; ice skat­ing £35; un­til Jan 5; icevil­lage.co.uk

‘THE SNOW­MAN’ AT WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND, LON­DON

Hyde Park’s fes­tive fairground ex­trav­a­ganza of­fers an ar­ray of fam­i­lyfriendly things to do (in­clud­ing huts for carol-oke singing) but queues to get in can test parental good­will. A visit should be worth­while though, if only to catch an in­ter­ac­tive screen­ing of The Snow­man from Back­yard Cin­ema. Favourite scenes are brought to life and we are told that chil­dren will get to “fly” with the snow­man. Free; fam­ily en­try to The Snow­man from £27.80; un­til Jan 6; hy­de­park­win­ter won­der­land.com

HOUSE OF LOST AND FOUND, NEW­CAS­TLE

The story be­ing told at Gateshead’s win­ter won­der­land is that of a trav­el­ling fair. Ex­pect in­ter­ac­tive art in­stal­la­tions and pup­petry as you are taken on an im­mer­sive walk through Saltwell Park, fea­tur­ing light, fire and per­for­mance. En­try £9 (chil­dren four and over £4.50); Dec 4-9; en­chant­ed­parks.com

SIGN­ING WITH SANTA, DER­BYSHIRE

The team at 18th-cen­tury Kedle­ston Hall is pro­vid­ing spe­cial sign­ing ses­sions with Santa for chil­dren with autism and hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Fam­i­lies are also in­vited to stroll around the park­land as the sun sets for win­ter sol­stice – the short­est day of the year. Bring a lantern (or torch) to light your way. The walk ends at a fire pit, where car­ols will be sung. En­try £13.60 (child £6.80); sign­ing £6, walk on Dec 21; na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

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