If you are looking for something to do with the children in the run up to Christmas, or ways to keep them occupied over the school break, then we have some ideas:
Running until 27th December
A musical show for children and their grown-ups! The story revolves around little Robin who is very, very excited that Christmas is on the way. To help him count down the days, Mummy and Daddy have given Robin an advent calendar. Behind every window is a picture and every picture tells a story. Join Robin as he embarks upon a magical quest, encountering a street wise squirrel, an attention seeking mouse, a family of reindeer and a curious cat. More ticket information can be found here.
The children can marvel at the massive Christmas tree at the Cathedral this year. It is a Norway Spruce that is 32ft high, and an estimated 32 years old. It has a 10inch diameter trunk and weighs in at over 250 kilos. It took12 people to move it!
The Christmas tree also marks the start of a twelve-stop trail around the Cathedral that explores the Christmas story using seasonal foliage and contemporary as well as traditional arrangements. Find out the history behind some of our traditions, like Christmas trees, why holly and ivy are so iconic during this time of year and why wreaths are round.
There are also special trails available online and offline for family visitors. A Children’s Art Tour booklet is available to youngsters visiting the Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour exhibition with their families, and the art exploration can continue afterwards with a child-friendly Virtual Art tour available online.
Salisbury Festive Corner
Running until 30th December in Salisbury Guildhall Square
New for 2020, the corner is open every day from 10:30am until after the shops shut (closed Christmas Day).
Take a festive ride on the carousel, pick up an original gift from the festive stalls and enjoy a bratwurst and hot drink.
Running until January 10th 2021
Perfect for all those children who love playing with their LEGO®. These brick displays bring to life the great era of the Tudors which changed the face of Britain. Around the museum are eight highly detailed models. The centrepiece is a huge 150cm x 150cm display of Hever Castle in Kent, which was home to the Boleyn family from 1462 to 1539. The model consists of 40,500 bricks and took 160 hours to make! Other exhibits include a Tudor street scene, Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry VIII’s six wives, a life size Jousting Helmet, a 60cm tall sculpture of Henry VIII based on the famous painting by Holbein and other iconic Tudor items.
Salisbury Christmas Tree Trail and Christmas Lights
Head into the city centre and take a family stroll around Salisbury to hunt down the 12 large, beautifully decorated Christmas trees. They are situated across the city centre, creating a magical trail for the whole family to enjoy safely. Starting at Salisbury Cathedral and finishing at the Market Place, the trail will guide you through the medieval streets of Salisbury. Click here to find out more, and learn how you could also win a £50 Salisbury Gift Card by taking part.
Then, if you wait until it gets a little darker, take in the amazing Christmas lights that adorn the city centre this year. The Market Place looks twinkling and don’t forget to wander over to the Old George Mall to see the giant bauble for a photo with the kids!
Running until 15th December
If you would prefer to stay in this Christmas then there is still a way of feeling the festive Salisbury spirit and not missing out – just take a look at St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival! The Festival has turned into a bit of a tradition in Salisbury but this year it has gone virtual due to coronavirus pandemic. The children can log on and see what Christmas trees feature this year. There are more than 50 individuals, local organisations and charities involved. Click here for more
15:30 - Thursday 24th December
Salisbury Cathedral’s popular Family Service is going online this year. It will be livestreamed ONLY. It will be filmed around the Christmas tree and feature a live donkey! Definitely one for the children and adults wanting to feel a little more festive.