Christmas Gift Guide: Local gifts your family will love

As the festive season approaches, it’s the perfect time to think about gifts that bring joy and create memories. Here’s a guide to some of the best gifts and local activities for this Christmas, all brimming with local flavour and fun.

Let’s kick things off with a family day out at Happy Mount Park. This gem on Morecambe Promenade is a hit for families of all ages. It’s not just any park – think big! There’s an adventure play area that’s a total paradise for kids. They’ve got everything from boulders and logs to play with, to a thrilling 34-metre zip line and a giant swing. The little ones aren’t left out either; there’s a special play area just for the under-5s. And if you visit between May and September, don’t forget your swimming gear for the Splash Park. It’s one of the biggest around and absolutely free! However, do note that some activities like the Miniature Railway and Adventure Golf have a small fee.

Now, for a bit of festive culture, how about a trip to Dukes Theatre & Cinema? This year, they’re presenting a musical version of “A Christmas Carol”, running from November 24 to December 31. It’s a timeless story that captures the essence of Christmas, perfect for getting the whole family into the holiday spirit. Plus, the theatre offers BSL-interpreted and audio-described performances, making it accessible to everyone. Tickets are priced at £18 – £20 for kids and £20 for adults, with family and school discounts available. It’s a fantastic way to experience a classic tale in a new, musical form.

If your family loves a bit of outdoor fun, then Lancaster On Ice is a must-visit. Located in Dalton Square, this winter wonderland is making a grand return from November 25, 2023, to January 7, 2024. The highlight is the 800m2 real ice rink, where you can skate to your heart’s content. There’s also a giant Ferris wheel offering stunning views of the city, and a bunch of Christmas market stalls to explore. The atmosphere is festive and lively, perfect for making those Christmas memories. It’s suitable for all ages, and they even have skate aids for the little ones. Remember to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

For the foodies in your family, why not go for a Christmas hamper from Bradford Bakers or The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse? These hampers are packed with delicious goodies like handmade Christmas cakes, biscuits, mince pies, Belgian chocolates, and a range of smoked foods. It’s a great way to sample some of the best local produce. The Bradford Bakers hampers come with a variety of options to suit all tastes, and they offer next-day delivery in the UK. The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse also has a fantastic selection of gift boxes and hampers, perfect for those who love smoked foods. Their Christmas hampers are a real treat, filled with sumptuous smoked delicacies that are sure to delight.

Lost of ideas? Lancaster gift vouchers are a versatile and thoughtful present, perfect for those who love a bit of everything. With these vouchers, your family members can choose their own adventures, be a cosy meal, a refreshing drink, or even a relaxing overnight stay. For example, The Sun Hotel and Bar offers an amazing selection of craft beers, spirits, and wines, along with luxury rooms, making it a great spot for a mini-getaway or just a delightful evening out. Similarly, The Royal Hotel in the heart of Lancaster is another fantastic option. It has beautifully renovated rooms and a relaxing bar, ideal for enjoying a drink or staying overnight. These vouchers are not just gifts; they’re experiences waiting to be cherished.

For those who love exploring and tasting, Lancaster’s tours, teas, and tastings are an excellent choice. Imagine taking a brewery tour at Lancaster Brewery, where you can learn about the brewing process and then kick back with some pizza and tasty Lancaster ales. Or, for wine aficionados, Provino offers a unique home wine tasting experience, bringing the best of Italian wines right to your doorstep. If history and elegance are more your family’s style, Leighton Hall offers a delightful combination of a historical home tour followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea. And for a view to remember, the Midland Hotel in Morecambe serves up afternoon tea with stunning views of Morecambe Bay. These experiences are not just gifts; they’re an invitation to create lasting memories.

Finally, for the shopaholics in your family, why not pick up some gift cards from local Lancaster shops? Ashton Hall Garden Centre, for example, offers a wide range of products from garden items to pampering products – it’s a shopper’s paradise with breathtaking views over Morecambe Bay. Or, for a more artistic and fashion-forward choice, Arteria provides an exquisite selection of handpicked and handmade gifts, from stylish clothing to unique art pieces. And for a diverse range of gifts for all occasions, Expressions of Lancaster is a must-visit. With their range of sterling silver jewellery, including brands like Scream Pretty, you’re sure to find the perfect present.

In summary, Lancaster has a plethora of charming and unique Christmas gift ideas that are sure to please every member of your family. From thrilling outdoor ice skating adventures and culturally enriching theatre experiences to indulgent food hampers and flexible gift vouchers, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. So, this Christmas, give the gift of unforgettable experiences and local treasures from Lancaster, and watch your loved ones’ faces light up with joy. If you or your older loved one need some assistance, contact us and learn more about our companionship care services to support you with your local gift guides.