With the children breaking up for the Christmas holidays it's time to turn our attentions to amusing them over the next couple of weeks. Whilst we all need time to prepare for Christmas and get through the mountain of jobs that just keep piling on, it's a great idea to take some time out for family fun as well. Many of the events we're telling you about here are running until early January so there's plenty of time to relax and enjoy once the festivities have wound down.

There is so much going on in Surrey this year as the county opens up fully now. We can't possibly include everything so we recommend you check our what's on calendar for the full list. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights.

The National Trust has their usual range of outdoor and indoor activities. Try Walking with The Snowman at Winkworth Arboretum, exploring the wintery wonderland and spotting The Snowman sculptures amongst the trees. Meanwhile at Christmas in the house at Hatchlands see the house dressed up and find out unusual festive facts about the composers. Or visit Santa's Victoria Parlour at Haslemere Museum and watch a traditional mummers play whilst you're there.

If you're looking for an alternative to panto this year there are some lovely little shows on around the county. Tifel Tafel and Tofel at Cranleigh Arts features a heartwarming solstice tale told by local storyteller Danyah Miller suitable for all the family. For the little ones, The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and silly slapstick. Over at GLive, Father Christmas Needs a Wee in this 45-minute production followed by a meet and greet with the big man himself. 

The scene promises to be beautiful at the Glasshouse Christmas Display at RHS Wisley as you step inside and discover an enchanted forest scene running during the day. As the light fades, witness the spectacle that is Wisley Glow in a magical evening of illuminations. The Christmas Trail at Priory Farm promise a seasonal display through ancient woodland, green pastures, meadows and around lakes, including adventure play, treehouses, balance beams and climbing frames to keep the children amused. Or join Painshill Festive Heroes Trail this Christmas for a statue trail in the landscape, full of some very super surprises!

If you're looking to burn off some post Christmas calories then look no further than Tinsel 10 at Polesden Lacey on Boxing Day. Come in fancy dress for this 10K trail run and take in the beautiful countryside. And why not start the New Year with a bang at the Classic Cars Gathering at Brooklands Museum on New Year's Day. With over 1,000 classic cars on display, plus live music and a winter barbecue you can well and truly kick start the new year!

For full listings & further details visit out what's on calendar. Please do check the venue website or social media before leaving for the latest opening information and to establish whether the event needs to be pre-booked. Please note that our links may go through to one date in particular, but other dates may be available.