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Santa told by the Queen to visit her park in Stratford
Get legally high on 13 and 14 December, and fly over to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and enjoy a weekend of fun for all the family.

Orbit flying high
Orbit flying high

If you visit the UK's tallest sculpture, not only will you get up close to Santa and his reindeer, you will also be able to zoom up in the lift and ascend 80 metres to feel like you're on top of the world.

The view stretches 20 miles and if you've been a good helper this year, you might even get to spot one of those tired John Lewis penguins having his hair done in his arctic salon before the John Lewis Christmas party at The Royal Albert Hall.

QE2 Olympic Park
Winter Boat Rides

The Anish Kapoor designed tower is a mere 114.5 metres high and once inside, your view will be turned up side down with the concave mirrors, which allow you to view up close using the interactive screens and gigapixel technology.

You don't need a ticket to see Santa (his accountants only like AMEX), but you do need a ticket for the Orbit ride. They are on sale via the ticket office at the foot of the Orbit. To find out more, visit the website or follow on Twitter (@AMOrbit).

Olympic Park
Winter Carousel Rides

Over this Christmas weekend here are a few things you can tempt your onesie wearing friends out of the house for;

* Funfair rides

*Free arts and crafts for kids

*A concert at 2pm on Sunday from The Recycled Band

*Fancy Christmas dress family friendly 5k run

More details over here.

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Why? Because the view is good
Where: Olympic Park
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