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Christmas

The Nutcracker and the mouse king – great fun for the whole family

The Nutcracker and the mouse king – great fun for the whole family

We were lucky enough to be invited along to see The Nutcracker and the Mouse King at The Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot this weekend. When I think of The Nutcracker, I think of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, a popular festive show enjoyed by many every year, however […]

Living Advent Calendar in Henley

Living Advent Calendar in Henley

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began in Henley in 2011. One of the first events of it’s kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from December 1st – 24th. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a […]

Personal handmade Christmas Decorations

Personal handmade Christmas Decorations

Here at Little Ankle Biters we are really keen to support local businesses and Thame Print Co, a new Thame based business creates personalised Prints and have just launched their Christmas range with more products to be added soon. Sometimes it can be hard to […]

Personalised, hand-painted wooden toy & keepsake boxes

Personalised, hand-painted wooden toy & keepsake boxes

These personalised, hand painted wooden toy and keepsake boxes by TwinkleToyBox are absolutely beautiful. Each box is individually designed with your guidance and carefully hand-painted. I have picked out a few of my favourite products below:   Hand Painted Unicorn Toy Box – £169.99   […]

Elf doors, Elf food, Elf wine and more with Merry Elfmas

Elf doors, Elf food, Elf wine and more with Merry Elfmas

I think many households are now using Elf-on-the-Shelf to incentivise their children to behave on the run up to Christmas, and I was completely unaware of how many accessories you can get for your Elves, so when I came across Merry Elfmas I just had […]

Local Toy Shops in Oxfordshire

Local Toy Shops in Oxfordshire

At Little Ankle Biters we are always really keen to support local businesses, so with Christmas around the corner we have put together a guide to local toy shops in Oxfordshire   Boswell & Co Department Store – Oxford Boswells has been trading in Oxford […]

Chipping Norton Christmas Lights – 8 December 2017

Chipping Norton Christmas Lights – 8 December 2017

Chipping Norton Christmas lights switch on is taking place on Friday 8th of December for unforgettable festive fun. There is so much to see and do: – Sleeping Beauty lantern procession with the Children of Holy Trinity and St Mary’s Primary Schools – Late night shopping […]

Christmas 2017 at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas 2017 at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas 2017 at Waddesdon Manor: 11 November 2017 – 2 January 2018 (markets run from 15 November – 10 December). If you’re not yet feeling the festive tingles, then get yourself over to Waddesdon Manor and prepare to be dazzled. We went after the sun […]

Christmas Eve boxes, Reindeer noses, Elf, Unicorn and Snowman Poop

Christmas Eve boxes, Reindeer noses, Elf, Unicorn and Snowman Poop

Well, if you had told me 10 years ago I would be writing about elf and snowman poop I would have laughed hysterically, but I absolutely love this idea as I know my kids will find it hilariously funny. At Little Ankle Biters we are […]

Christmas Traditions to start with your family

Christmas Traditions to start with your family

There is something lovely about Christmas traditions and making memories with your family that will last a lifetime. We have put together some of our favourite festive traditions below: 1. Visiting the Pantomime Who can resist the lure of a traditional Christmas Pantomime? Men dressed as […]

Christmas Eve Pyjamas – our top picks

Christmas Eve Pyjamas – our top picks

Like many families, it has become a Christmas tradition to open one present on the evening of Christmas Eve and it’s always a new pair of pyjamas. We have put together our top picks of children’s pyjamas to gift this Christmas Eve! 1. TWIN PACK COSY […]

Christmas at Bicester Wyevale Garden Centre

Christmas at Bicester Wyevale Garden Centre

We love Bicester Wyevale Garden Centre and can spend hours there with the kids. In addition to the fantastic soft play area at the centre your little ankle biters can also have breakfast or tea with the big man himself. Breakfast or tea with Santa […]

Christmas at Millets Farm

Christmas at Millets Farm

Christmas at Millets Farm is always a fantastic event and we’re sure 2017 will be no different. Santa’s Grotto at Frosts Garden Centre Sat 11th Nov-Sun 24th Dec Santa’s Grotto is back…and its bigger and better than ever before! Join Frosts Garden Centre for a […]

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor 2017

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor 2017

Christmas is always a very special time to visit Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, and 2017 is no exception. Find animal magic and festive winter light at Waddesdon this Christmas – 11 November 2017 – 2 January 2018, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm (Closed 24, 25 & 26 December) […]

Christmas at Blenheim Palace – 24 November 2017- 1 January 2018

Christmas at Blenheim Palace – 24 November 2017- 1 January 2018

Blenheim Palace’s Formal Gardens will light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. Follow the trail along winding paths, tranquil waters, and explore the scented Fire Garden; a circular carpet of dancing flames, adorned with lanterns, all set against the backdrop of glittering ancient […]

Super cute Christmas Elf doors by Follow the Rainbow

Super cute Christmas Elf doors by Follow the Rainbow

I think many households are now using Elf on the Shelf to incentivise their children to behave on the run up to Christmas and these little magic elf doors enhance this tradition even further. The elves come through the magic door to check on your child […]

Personalised Christmas Stockings by Stitchology

Personalised Christmas Stockings by Stitchology

At Little Ankle Biters we are always really keen to support local businesses, and Thame based Stitchology creates beautiful handmade stitched items including Christmas stockings in a range of traditional and contemporary printed fabrics. They are made using 100% cotton fabrics and interlined with a fleece […]

Create a custom made wardrobe for your children this Christmas

Create a custom made wardrobe for your children this Christmas

At Little Ankle Biters we are always really keen to support local businesses, and Thame based Birdie Bunting creates bunting, bibs and custom clothing for children. Birdie Bunting allows you to easily create a custom made wardrobe for your child.  You can choose from a range […]

Sweet cones, hampers, tower of treats and other gifts

Sweet cones, hampers, tower of treats and other gifts

At Little Ankle Biters we are always really keen to support local businesses, and Didcot based Sweet Temptations create sweet cones, hampers, tower of treats and other gifts. The sweet cones would make a perfect stocking filler that I’m sure your little ones will love. […]

Handmade Jewellery – A Lovely Personal Christmas Present

Handmade Jewellery – A Lovely Personal Christmas Present

We are always really keen to support local businesses here at Little Ankle Biters, and Handmade by Laura Braybrook in Thame creates unique bespoke jewellery, accessories and Christmas decorations. These peas in a pod are gorgeous and very popular. You can choose green or personalise […]

Personal Christmas Gift Idea – Handprint and FingerPrint Jewellery

Personal Christmas Gift Idea – Handprint and FingerPrint Jewellery

We are always really keen to support local businesses here at Little Ankle Biters, and Itsy Bitsy Imprints in Wallingford, Oxfordshire specialises in creating sterling silver jewellery incorporating ACTUAL fingerprints, handprints and footprints, paw prints, handwriting and even children’s drawings. Each item is lovingly hand-crafted […]

Creating Christmas Memories by Treasures, Treats and Gifts

Creating Christmas Memories by Treasures, Treats and Gifts

We are always really keen to support local businesses and Oxfordshrire based Treasures, Treats and Gifts have some adorable ideas to give your Christmas some extra sparkle. Elf on The Shelf and Santa Letters I think many households are now using Elf on Shelf to […]

Christmas Advent Calendars by Sam Osborne

Christmas Advent Calendars by Sam Osborne

We are always keen to support local businesses here at Little Ankle Biters, and these Advent Calendars by Sam Osborne from Thame in Oxfordshire will brighten up any room and will last year after year! The fully illustrated countdown calendar will make a beautiful addition […]

Family Portrait – A Great Personalised Christmas Gift

Family Portrait – A Great Personalised Christmas Gift

We are always keen to support local businesses here at Little Ankle Biters, and the super talented Sam Osborne from Thame in Oxfordshire creates custom family portraits in her own colourful style that make the perfect Christmas gift. The process is really easy, you start […]

Morgan and West!  A (sort of ) Christmas Carol Magic Show!

Morgan and West! A (sort of ) Christmas Carol Magic Show!

The world’s most distinguished duo of time-travelling magicians Morgan & West present Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol.   There is only one problem -they haven’t read it. Well not just one problem, there are also only two of them to play all the parts. Oh, and […]

Oxford’s Christmas Ice Show

Oxford’s Christmas Ice Show

‘Around the world in 80 minutes’ is the theme for the 2017 Christmas Ice Show which will take place on Saturday 9th December and Sunday 10th December at Oxford Ice Rink. The show is a popular part of the city’s Christmas calendar and this year […]

Christmas Lights Switch On in Oxfordshire 2017

Christmas Lights Switch On in Oxfordshire 2017

There’s always something quite special about wrapping up in your warmest gear, sipping mulled wine and waiting in the crisp air to watch the local celebrity turn on the Christmas lights. Here are the dates, times and details for all the Christmas light switch ons […]

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Didcot Cornerstone Theatre

The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, Didcot Cornerstone Theatre

This classical festive show at Cornerstone Arts Centre is suitable for the entire family — from 3 to 103. When Maria and her family turn up at a dusty old toyshop on Christmas Eve, full of raggedy old toys and a mysterious toymaker, they’d rather […]

Pantomimes in Oxfordshire 2017

Pantomimes in Oxfordshire 2017

Going to the pantomime like for many families has become an annual tradition for us and we absolutely love it. We have pulled together a list of pantos showing in and around Oxfordshire this Christmas 2017. If you would like these great events sent directly to […]

Top Christmas Gifts for kids 2017

Top Christmas Gifts for kids 2017

We’ve been channelling our inner Santa and have got the top Christmas gifts for children this year. So grab a cuppa and your purse, and have a look below. Cry Babies These cute onesie wearing babies are taking the toy market by storm. We have 2 already […]



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