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Making memories can last far longer than that bright new shiny toy opened on Christmas day, which is why gifting an experience this Christmas is something that you should be thinking about.
Christmas is traditionally a time of giving. A chance to show your family, your children, friends, neighbours, and extended family how much you care. Choosing a gift can be difficult at times, especially when you put added pressure on yourself to get things right. Obviously, Christmas isn’t just about the gifts, it is all about quality time and spreading joy and love amongst the people you care about. But that doesn’t mean to say that you don’t want to give a gift to someone you care about. Sometimes it can feel like you are buying for buying sake, am I right?
- Experiences to Gift this Christmas
- Festive Experiences
- Days out and Trips
- Spa Days and Indulgence
- Action and Adventure
- Win a family ticket to Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party
Experiences to Gift this Christmas
This is where giving the gift of an experience can be such a good idea. Many people are considering this option as a gift for their family and friends. In some cases, Christmas can be overwhelming with gifts, and an experience gives that person the chance to not only enjoy the excitement of what is to come but enjoy the experience at a later date as well. However, what sort of experiences are a good gift at Christmas? No matter what age or gender, here are some of the best experiences that you could gift this Christmas.
The National Gallery’s Picture Perfect Christmas Show
Iconic National Gallery Painting Transformed into a Festive Family Theatrical Production – until 23rd December. The National Gallery’s ‘Picture Perfect Christmas’ Show is the ultimate family festive day out, where art, theatre and Christmas spirit collide
Set within one of the world’s greatest cultural landmarks, The National Gallery’s ‘Picture Perfect Christmas’ will see the Theatre transformed into a wintery theatrical feast where Avercamp’s ‘A Winter Scene With Skaters Near A Castle’ is adapted for the stage, in a first-of-its-kind event for The National Gallery
The audience will be taken on an adventure of the secret life that lives within art, following the story of two children Frederick and Maaike on their journey through the woodlands, meeting magical creatures, wandering through frosted landscapes and skating on glistening ice rinks. Expect songs, dancing and Christmas cheer all to the backdrop of the icy Netherlands in the 1600s.
Make a day of it and explore the Gallery to find Avercamp’s original piece and get lost in the world of art. Stop off at the Espresso Bar for some festive foodie delights or Muriel’s Kitchen for a delicious family meal.
Performances are running at various dates and times from 26th November to 23rd December 2022.
Find out more and book your tickets HERE
Days out and Trips
Warner Bros. Studios Tour London
Ever since the incredible Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opened its doors at Leavesden in 2012, Potterheads have flocked in their thousands to explore breathtaking sets, intricate props and iconic costumes.
Venture through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with Aragog in his lair and stroke Hagrid’s beloved Buckbeak. Bask in the glory of the Great Hall in the company of spellbinding statues and costumes. Avid Quidditch fans get the chance to study the evolution of Harry’s legendary Quidditch kit. With so much to take in from start to finish, it’s sure to be a Potter overload for muggle fans of all ages!
Visit WBStudioTour for more information.
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live is bringing its brand new Glow Party experience to the UK with shows around the country. Fans of all ages will be dazzled as they watch the iconic Hot Wheels Monster Trucks light up the floor in this one-of-a-kind, high-energy Glow Party experience when the huge rip-roaring trucks roll into local arenas.
Coming off a hugely successful Glow Party debut in North America, the popular family entertainment tour is kicking off its 2023 campaign with a sweeping Glow Party experience across Europe, with multiple shows in the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and Spain.
The thrilling new experience brings audiences the only opportunity to watch their favourite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks – Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Boneshaker™, Bigfoot® and more, plus the all-new Gunkster™ – LIGHT UP the floor in outrageous monster trucks competitions and battles.
Event performances will also feature spectacular laser light shows exhilarating dance parties, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways. Plus, a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot MEGASAURUS, and the electrifying high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross! Special children’s pricing is available for all shows providing a BIG value for the whole family!
An exciting Crash Zone Pre-Show Party will be held before every performance. The unique experience provides fans access to the competition floor to see the outrageous designs and epic size of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks along with autograph signings from their favourite drivers and performers. Each ticket includes an autograph card plus a souvenir pass and lanyard exclusive to Crash Zone attendees!
Visit www.livenation.co.uk for more information.
What’s Christmas without a big game of Monopoly? This year, raise the stakes in a Unique 4D Gaming Experience for all the family!
- Crown the ultimate Monopoly champion in this physical version of the world’s favourite board game, where each square acts as an immersive escape room!
- Perfect for family bonding in the run-up to Christmas, you will work to complete challenges, build houses, charge rent, escape jail and even control London’s waterworks whilst earning as much money as you can.
- Hotly discuss the game’s antics afterwards at the ‘Top Hat Bar & Restaurant’, complete with a delicious Monopoly-inspired menu which is bringing a touch of festive sparkle this month. From the ‘Brie Parking Christmas Burger’ to a delectable ‘Mulled Apple Martini’, Top Hat is offering visitors an array of seasonal snacks and tipples.
- Choose your family’s favourite board with a choice between Classic, Luxury, City, and Classic: Own It All
- Located in the heart of London, Monopoly Lifesized includes real-life characters of the legendary board game Tokens as their guides – adding to the family fun for all ages!
- Tickets from £49 pp and Family tickets available with a 20% discount
Discover more at www.monopolylifesized.com
Location: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PS
Frameless – Immersive Art Experience
With a festive twist for Christmas, FRAMELESS is a cultural exhibit that even the kids will love!
Newly opened in Marble Arch, London, Frameless breaks the boundaries of projection art with a 30,000 sqft immersive experience to entertain and inspire all ages, from tots to grandparents!
This festive season, experience surprise pop-up dance performances in the ‘BEYOND REALITY’ gallery – a wrap-around projection of beautiful artworks coupled with mirror surfaces for an otherworldly experience. Step into Christmas as Frameless transforms the ‘BLANK CANVAS’ gallery into a stunning winter wonderland. Unique festive artworks will transport you into snowy bliss – without the bitter cold.
The cosy Café Bar inside offers a delectable Christmas menu, alongside the year-round art-inspired Afternoon Tea, with festive treats to complete the day, including Christmas tree cupcakes, Gingerbread brownies, Spiced biscuit solder, Gingerbread cookies, Santa and Reindeer lollipops, and Mince pies.
Finally, find something to wrap up under the Christmas tree with the Frameless Gift Shop, which hosts a carefully curated selection of gifts to inspire and remind you and your loved ones of the memories shared at Frameless
Alongside the festive fun, expect to find unique interpretations of masterpieces from artists including Canaletto, Cézanne, Dalí, Kandinsky, Klimt, Monet, Rembrandt and van Gogh will be displayed in a series of four spectacular galleries, each dedicated to a different theme
Discover more at www.frameless.com
Location: 6 Marble Arch, London W1H 7AP
Spa Days and Indulgence
Bannatyne Spa Day
If a healthy dose of R&R is long overdue, find sanctuary at a Bannatyne Health Club. Pick from locations across the UK and enjoy a day dedicated to your well-being. Discover state-of-the-art gym facilities, luxury swimming pools and a range of spa facilities to help you to relax and unwind. Once you’re fully acquainted with the facilities, head over to a treatment room for 40 minutes of blissful treatments.
You’ll choose from three packages which include a range of express massages, replenishing facials and soothing foot treatments. There’s no better way to relieve yourself from the stresses of everyday life, to soothe the mind and lift your spirit.
Visit Red Letter Days for more information.
Afternoon Tea at Patisserie Valerie
A pillar of British culture and enshrined into our daily lives, the world wouldn’t seem complete without a good cuppa in hand. And what better way to enjoy an excellent brew than with a tantalising selection of finger fancies to enjoy over a catch-up with a friend?
Settle into the quaint surroundings of Patisserie Valerie for an afternoon tea treat like no other. Sandwiches and delicate cakes, along with clotted cream and jam smothered over fresh scones, make up this gorgeous spread.
Visit Red Letter Days for more information.
Action and Adventure
DNR VR’s Festive Virtual Reality Arcade
With festive VR games & 3 locations across London, DNA VR is the perfect group day out this Christmas!
With venues in Battersea, Camden and Hammersmith, there are countless virtual experiences and escape rooms to choose from. Perfect for a fun day out with family, friends, colleagues, and even date nights, the venue has been enjoyed by a host of famous faces including Olivia and Alex Bowen, Idris Elba, KSI and Hollywood royalty, Chris Hemsworth (and his kids!).
- You don’t need to book a flight to Lapland to get your snow fix this Christmas – transport yourself, your family, and your friends into a fun-filled winter wonderland with DNA VR’s festive arcade games!
- London’s first and biggest virtual reality arcade, DNA VR, boasts over 100 different virtual experiences – perfect for an alternate family activity this festive season.
- Time is of the essence as you help Santa race to deliver presents by Christmas morning in the ‘Christmas Story’ escape room, or rule the school in the ultimate snowball battle as ‘Winter Break’ commences
- And for the family scrooges, there are still music battles to be won, mythical quests to complete, and even fright night immersions for the brave!
Discover more games from DNA VR and the locations at dnavr.co.uk
Up at The O2 Climb
See views of London like never before as you scale the iconic O2 with a friend and stand atop the city landmark! You’ll be provided with all the safety gear you’ll need, including grippy boots, a safety harness and a jacket, and will be attached to the safety rail and allowed to climb your way to the top. Your guide will be around during the experience to answer any questions you might have about the structure or the surrounding area.
Once you reach the top you’ll be given plenty of time to take in the view and snap any photos of the views over Canary Wharf and beyond.
Visit Buyagift for more information.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience
Have you always wanted to skydive but want a taster before you take the plunge? Then why not try an exhilarating indoor skydive experience at a choice of iFLY locations. You will each enjoy two spine-tingling flights, the equivalent freefall time of three 12,000ft skydives. Using a wind tunnel that is similar to those used to test F1 racing cars, you will float in the air! This unforgettable experience also includes a full safety briefing and a full kit.
Visit Buyagift for more information.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour
The ultimate interactive tour is now available as you go behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium for a tour like none other. This fantastic audio tour allows you to guide yourself around the stadium at your own pace, taking in the press conference area, the first team dressing room and of course, a walk out of the tunnel to the imagined roar of the Arsenal crowd. Listen on as Arsenal legends past and present talk you through their own experiences of pulling on the famous red and white jersey and even hear from the gaffer himself in the changing room.
Once you have finished the tour you will have full access to the fascinating Arsenal Museum, where you can travel through the illustrious history of your club.
Visit Buyagift for more information.
Win a family ticket to Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party
To help you discover the magic of gifting an experience this year, we are fortunate enough to have a family ticket to the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party to giveaway.
PRIZE: Family ticket to Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party
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