This week sees the start of a whole month of special festive workshops for youngsters at Black Swan Arts in Frome.
The afterschool and weekend workshops are ideal for parents who may like a little 'secret' shopping time in town, whilst their children are getting creative for Christmas.
The Make It! workshops are run by artist Claire Yeoman. She said: "Christmas can be an expensive time of the year, so we say, don't buy it, make it!"
There are also some workshops for that quiet time between Christmas and the return to school, to bring some colour to the new year.
The workshops kick off this Thursday after school at 3.45pm, with a favourite workshop where children can turn themselves into little angels, by placing photos of their own faces on to Christmas tree angels that they design and create themselves.
These hand-made and personal crafts are sure to amuse all the family through the festive season, or make a great present for grandparents.
Also this week, on Sunday at 2pm there's an opportunity to animate a festive message – instead of sending paper Christmas cards, children over 7 years can make a short animated film to email to all their friends and family. Less paper, less postage and much more fun.
All the other Make It! workshops during December and early January will combine recycling with creativity, and there's no other time of year that creates more need and opportunity for recycling.
Just when you think all the festivities are over, the final workshop on January 3 at 3.30pm will be a chance to bring some colour and light to the new year.
Youngsters can brighten up the winter view from their window by designing 'stained glass' window art.
For details call Claire on 07940 497848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full details visit www.blackswan.org.uk.