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*** It’s be­gin­ning to look a lot like Christ­mas, and Natalie Paris has picked 30 great fam­ily days out for the fes­tive sea­son. Yule love them!

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As the ad­verts be­gan telling us in the dy­ing days of sum­mer, Christ­mas is com­ing. Yet, even with months of build-up, the last few weeks of the fes­tive pe­riod will be a mad rush of present-buy­ing and last-minute prepa­ra­tions. Which is why it can be nice to do some­thing fes­tive as a fam­ily that doesn’t in­volve shop­ping or wrap­ping.

There are some things that you will only ever find your­self do­ing at this time of year. Im­press­ing your chil­dren with a Torvill-es­que tal­ent they didn’t know you pos­sessed. Singing to­gether. Be­ing amazed by thou­sands of twin­kling lights.

Here is our se­lec­tion of 30 of the most fes­tive days out for fam­i­lies around the UK this Christ­mas.

shows based on fairy tales and folk­lore. Aud­ley End House en­try £12 (five to 15 years old £7.50); var­i­ous dates; www.en­glish­her­itage.org.uk

CAN­DLES AT HOLKHAM HALL, NOR­FOLK

Warm up from a beach walk along Holkham’s dunes with a visit to Holkham Hall, where 45-minute can­dlelit tours of the lav­ishly dec­o­rated state rooms are an an­nual treat and in­clude a mince pie and a drink. This year, the hall’s Statue Gallery will be filled with a win­try, full-sized parterre gar­den. Younger chil­dren are bet­ter suited to the craft classes on se­lected dates. Can­dle tour £20 (child £12); craft ses­sion £8.50; var­i­ous dates; holkham.co.uk

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