If keeping children entertained over the festive season proves to be a challenge, a one stop website for families has the low-down on things to do.

Sophia’s Diary gives details on the best places to meet Santa, which Christmas markets to go to, the shows to see, as well as parades, school fayres and parties for old and young.

There is a Christmas Wonderland at Springtime Nurseries of Crews Hill, at Enfield Market and a Santa Spectacular at Willows Farm.

Breakfast with Santa is possible at Wyevale Garden Centre and The Harvester, where booking in advance is advised.

For family entertainment panto offerings include Jack and The Beanstalk at Millfield Theatre, Rapunzel at The Chickenshed and Christmas Tales at The Dugdale Centre.

The annual Parade of Lights, meanwhile, is a one-day event taking place in Enfield Town Market Square on Sunday December 3 between noon and 6pm.

A live band, carol singers, stalls, food, fireworks and a tree lighting ceremony by the Mayor of Enfield Cllr Christine Hamilton are planned.

Most schools are organising fayres; check their websites for details.

For event information and ideas visit www.sophia-diary.com/event-directory.