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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve can be a long day for children and keeping them occupied can be a challenge. Here are our top tips for keeping them occupied...

Get out of the house

Wrap up warm and take them on a long walk through some of the beautiful East Herts Countryside, or why not take them to one of our lovely play parks.  This will help distract them from excitement and hopefully burn off some energy!

Feed the birds (and the reindeer!)

In recent years there has been a real surge in "reindeer food", but often the ones sold in shops contain glitter which can be harmful to birds and other wildlife. Why not spend some time on Christmas Eve making your own reindeer food that will be same for the birds to eat too! Place in a pretty or sparkly bag and you have reindeer food for all.
The RSPB have some great advice about what different birds like to eat, visit the RSPB website for details.


Don't fancy making your own? Bird seed is available in most supermarkets.

Go ice skating this Christmas Eve at Great Amwell's Van Hage centre.

Come celebrate Van Hage's real ice rink's 10 year anniversary this Christmas! Join in the enchanting experience of ice skating at Van Hage this Christmas, with the return of their undercover ice rink. Opens Thursday 16th November.
For booking details visit the Van Hage's website.

Christmas cookies, mince pies, carrots, milk ...

Everyone knows that Santa needs a snack to help keep his strength up on his busy night. For all kids it is a real excitement to leave Father Christmas and Rudolph treats by the fireplace...milk, cookies and a carrot is a must on Chrsitmas Eve.

Writing letters to Santa and tracking him on his journey

From 1st December, you can start tracking Santa's progress. It's a great way to get the children excited of his arrival as you watch him make his way around the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
Track Santa with Norad.