After all the build-up to the big day, the time between Christmas and New Year can seem hard to fill. But don’t panic. With a few imaginative ideas, you can keep the whole family happy and make the time just as special as Christmas Day itself.


1. Sparkle and magic



Timberland Boys' Knit Pom Pom Hat

Wrap the kids up well – cosy hats included – and choose from one of the beautiful outdoor ice rinks around for a family skate. Be sure to enjoy a hot chocolate after and a mosey around the Christmassy shops. Alternatively, make a Twixmas evening super special by doing sparklers in the garden. 


Timberland, Boys' Knit Pom Pom Hat, £29


2. It’s showtime



Joules Lila Floor Dress

A whole afternoon can be spent practising and putting on a play. Suggest kids re-enact their favourite book or think up a story. A dress like this one is perfect for dancing. Otherwise, get kids inspired by going to a panto.


Joules, Lila Floor Dress, £33


3. Snug and cosy



Mini Vanilla Girls' Glitter Pet Print Pyjamas

Winter nights are made for cosying up. Let everyone get in their pjs early, put on some tunes and have a pyjama party. Or drape a sheet over some chairs, let kids grab all the cushions they can find and build a den.


Mini Vanilla, Girls' Glitter Pet Print Pyjamas, £22.95


4. About town



Polo Ralph Lauren Parka Jacket

There’s something instantly festive about twinkly Christmas lights. Plan a walk that takes in your neighbours’ Christmas lights and all vote on your favourite decorations at the end. Get everyone wrapped up warm in cosy coats like this parka and snug boots.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Parka Jacket, £179


5. The game is on



Big Potato Santa Banter Game

Remember the fun when you were a kid challenging your family to a board game? Channel that nostalgia with a games afternoon. Have little prizes handy and make sure everyone wins one. Or set up a Christmas treasure hunt around your house or garden.


Big Potato, Santa Banter Game, £10


6. The great outdoors



Chipmunks Boys' Ziggy Wellington Boots

Getting out and about is key to keeping everyone happy. Head out on a winter walk and take homemade biscuits as a little midway treat. Or take everyone to a children’s farm – many have nativity scenes and dressing up.


Chipmunks, Boys' Ziggy Wellington Boots, £20