One of the easiest ways to entertain kids this year is to play Elf on The Shelf. The idea is that Santa dispatches his elves to make sure boys and girls are well behaved, while the elves themselves get up to all kinds of mischief. Buy a couple of elf toys from Amazon, eBay or Etsy and then have them eat some advent calendar chocolate, make snow angels out of flour, or hang from the walls and play “floor is lava”. 

If you want your kids to get creative, then head on over to JibJab, where you can send electronic greetings cards to friends and family. They’re free, customisable with photo and video, and offer loads of different themes (including the obligatory Squid Game cards). If you want to do some good, you could alternatively use Cards for Charity and send someone a card with a charity donation in their name. Or really make someone's day by making them a Gingerbread House using this simple BBC Good Food guide. 

Alternatively, if you want to leave the house this Christmas, check out Travel Magazine’s list of the best ice rinks for some socially-distanced fun. You can also feed reindeer at Capralama Farm near Kent, Beamish Museum in County Durham or Whitworth Hall in Manchester. Finally, pantomime season is back this year, with highlights including Julian Clary in Pantoland at the London Palladium and Jason Donovan in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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