Children, young people and their families across Wolverhampton are enjoying lots of festive fun thanks to the city's Yo! Christmas programme.

Creating opportunities for young people is a major priority for the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Christmas celebrations feature a variety of free and paid for activities for youngsters and their families, ranging from sports and holiday clubs to festive fun days and arts and crafts. 

Families of children with special educational needs and disabilities enjoyed a Winter Wonderland on Saturday (18 December) with local provider Sassy Sensory. Children took part in arts and crafts, a disco tent, snowstorms and festive carols, and there was a visit from Father Christmas, too.

Children and young people also got to enjoy some festive fun at The Big Venture Centre put together by Big Venture's Queens Award winning volunteers with support from Wolverhampton's D&B Productions.

The Christmas Extravaganza included funfair rides, art and crafts, activities and a visit from Father Christmas with an added appearance from ITV's Rebecca Shepherd and Dennis Ffrench, the longest playing Black pantomime dame in the UK. 

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We’ve created a really exciting Yo! Christmas programme over the holidays with lots of opportunities for our children, young people and their families to enjoy which has been supported by numerous partners across the city. 

“Funding from the council and Department for Education has meant that we can continue to deliver these holiday activity and food programmes that are vital to many of our families. It’s brilliant to see people enjoying the Yo! Christmas activities and making the most of the seasonal fun, especially getting to meet Father Christmas.” 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, added: “Having fun is a really important part of the learning process and we have once again worked hard to deliver a full programme of activities and opportunities for children and young people which is keeping them educated, entertained and active over the Christmas holidays. 

“There are many activities taking place over the next couple of weeks. Please get involved but, given the changing picture with Covid-19, please make sure to check with local providers before travelling.”

For full details of activities which are still to take place, please visit the Yo! Christmas website

As well as details of activities, the new online platform also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.