The biggest day of the year is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about getting the gifts sorted. While PlayStations and Xboxes may be on Christmas gift lists up and down the country, a brand-new bike is also a consistently popular option for kids. Halfords kids’ bikes make the perfect Christmas gift as kids can get outdoors with some valuable time away from screens.
Learning to ride a bike is an important moment for any child. The feeling of freedom and the thrill of speeding around the park are difficult to replicate, and bike riding is a great way to teach kids about road safety, balance, fitness and exercise. But with so much choice out there, how do you decide the best bike to buy for your child this Christmas?
The best kids bikes for Christmas
Invert Lil Flex Balance Bike – 12″ Wheel – First bike
The perfect first bike for little adventurers! This brand new, cool-looking Invert Lil Flex Balance Bike will have them excited and ready to ride on Christmas morning with its BMX style frame and handlebars.
The dolphin grey colour makes this balance bike a perfect option for both boys and girls, while the lightweight frame makes it an ideal choice for the school run or a family day out.
Disney Princess Kids Stabiliser Bike – 14″ wheel – 4-6 years
If your little one dreams of being a Disney princess, then this beautiful Disney Princess Kids Bike will help them fuel their imagination! With a new design for 2021, you’ll find Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine and Snow White on the chain guard and seat – there’s even a mini seat on the back for dolls or a small backpack! The colourful pink stabilizers can also be taken off as your little one gains confidence and wants to pedal on two wheels.
Our favourite feature however is the custom shaped front plate including images of three fabulous Disney princesses, the perfect accessory for aspiring royalty!
The best Halfords kids bikes
Apollo Claws Kids Bike 14″ Wheels – 4-6 years
Take a step back in time and cycle through the prehistoric jungle with Claws the Dinosaur! This funky orange and blue bike is perfect for little ones, with both Claws and the stabilisers filling them with confidence as they ride!
There’s a cool guard featuring Claws to keep fingers safe (Claws really does live up to his name) as well as front and rear brakes to slow them down quickly.
Carrera Cosmos 14” Kids Bike Blue- 4-6 years
If your child is ready to step up to a more capable bike, the Carrera Cosmos is a great choice. Bringing some of the features found on adult Carrera bikes to the kids’ version, children who don’t need stabilisers can go faster and further on this light aluminium-framed kids’ bike. Should your child require stabilisers, there’s always the option to add our Halfords Kids Bike Stabilisers which fit 12 – 20” wheels.
Available in purple or blue, this Carrera Cosmos has 14” wheels fitted with front and rear alloy V-brakes for reliable stopping power, along with genuine Kenda tyres that will keep up with them on off-road adventures. You can even fit quickfit lightweight stabilisers (sold separately) if they’re not quite ready for two wheels just yet.
Apollo Sparkle Kids Bike 12″ wheels – 3-5 years
This superb Apollo Sparkle kids’ bike will certainly make learning to ride a bike fun. The bright pink sparkly frame turns this kids bike into a fashion accessory! The parent handle also ensures that you can support your child whenever needed.
With a built-in chain guard that prevents fingers from getting trapped and stabilisers to keep your child upright, you can concentrate on helping them to get their balance rather than worrying about crashes and accidents. The stabilisers can be removed as they build confidence and the shiny finish will certainly have them looking forward to that boxing day bike ride.
Apollo Outrage Kids Bike 18″ wheels – 5-7 years
If they’re ready to go off-path, then this Apollo Outrage is the machine for them! Powerful styling mixes with a strong steel MTB style frame to make the Apollo Outrage a contender for coolest bike in the playground.
Kids will be able to stop on a sixpence with V-brakes and the cool skull decal with have them excited to get riding on Christmas Morning!
Apollo Vivid Junior Mountain Bike 24” wheels – 8 – 11 years
It’s time to hit those muddy trails with the superb Apollo Vivid Junior Mountain bike. Designed for rough terrain, adventurous kids can get a taste of mountain biking with full front suspension to absorb bumps and 18 speed gearing set to get them up hills more easily.
The blue and purple design creates a super-cool look that will make them feel like they’re ready to take on the pros!
Carrera Vengeance Junior Mountain Bike 26″ wheels – 9 -12 years
If your child wants to thrash it out on a hillside trail, then get them on a Carrera Vengeance Mountain Bike this Christmas. Featuring a lightweight alloy mountain frame, 16 speed Shimano Altus gears with trigger shifters, and powerful disc brakes for performance stopping power, our most popular mountain bike will put a smile on the face of any aspiring pro riders on the big day.
Apollo Kinx Hybrid Bike 24″ – 8-11 years
If you need a great all-rounder that will keep them interested on family bike rides, then the Apollo Kinx Hybrid Bike is a good shout. The 18-speed Shimano gearing, V-brakes and robust steel frame ensures a sturdy ride.
With its sleek looking design, this fantastic hybrid bike is a great step up for kids who are ready to advance their cycling adventures.
Carrera Blast Junior Mountain Bike 24″ 8-11 years
If you’re looking for a Christmas Morning jaw-dropper, then they’ll be blown away by a Carrera Blast. Packed with features usually found on adult bikes, they’ll think they’re cycling pros with a lightweight aluminium frame, 21speed Shimano Revoshift gears, Clarks disc brakes and 24” alloy wheels covered in sweet Vee Crown Gem tryes. Inspire your next MTB champ with this brilliant mountain bike.
The best Christmas bikes for younger children
For toddlers and early learners, a balance bike is a great starting point. These fun bikes don’t have pedals, so they can glide along, pushing their feet off the ground.
If they’re a little bit older, then the choices get a bit more wide-ranging. Kids bikes come in a huge range of colours, shapes and sizes, so this is where you might need some input. If you already know their favourite characters or TV shows / movies, then you’re laughing – we’ve got everyone from Peppa Pig to Buzz Lightyear emblazoned on a huge selection of kids bikes, so you’ll get instant brownie points for picking something they’re interested in to start with. You can easily add bike stabilisers to all our kids bikes if they aren’t quite used to two wheels just yet.
Don’t forget to add a mirror, bike bell or horn, mudguards, reflectors, (deep breath) lights, front basket, stunt pegs, protective pads, cleaning gear, stickers and decals, valve caps, spokies and of course a water bottle – all of which make great stocking fillers!
The best Christmas bikes for daredevils
Older and more adventurous kids may need something a bit more exciting. This is where a BMX or mountain bike can really put a smile on their face on Christmas morning. Check out this Mongoose Switch R50 in black, which comes with a full-face helmet and gloves to help prevent any Boxing Day trips to the doctors.
On the subject of accessories, you’ll absolutely need a helmet if you’re thinking of revealing a bike at 6am on the 25th when they practically kick you out of bed. Older speed-demons out there might appreciate the Hyper Nitro Circus Jet Fuel BMX Bike – 20″ Wheel , complete with a cool jet fuel paint finish so your child can look just like a real Nitro rider!
If you aren’t sure which bike size they need, check out our bike size guide – all you’ll need is their height or inside leg measurement and our handy online tool will do the rest!
For extra peace of mind, we also offer free 14-day Cycleplan bike insurance to protect your bike against theft and damage. For full terms and conditions, please click here.
We also offer a fantastic one-year kids bike CycleCare package for just £10 to help keep your bike in tip top condition. For more details of what’s included, please visit our kids bike CycleCare page.
The best Christmas bikes for big kids
For teenagers and big kids, the best Christmas bikes are ones that will last them a bit longer. Consider an adult bike if they’re over 11 and maybe ask them if they’d prefer a road bike, mountain bike or something more fun like a BMX.
For true biking enthusiasts, one of our X-Rated BMX bikes may be the dream bit of kit that they’ll want to take out for that Boxing Day bike ride. They’ll be more appreciative if you get a bike that they may have been coveting for some time, so get them involved with the buying process (just tell them you’re passing on the ideas to Santa)
If you don’t fancy spending Christmas morning in the garage with just your spanner set for company, Halfords’ expert technicians can also build selected junior and BMX bikes and deliver it to your door for just £20!
Click here to view our full range of Halfords Kids Bikes
Hopefully this handful of ideas will give you a starting point for choosing that Christmas bike. Don’t forget to check out our guide on too so you can keep things a surprise on the big day. Remember to check our bike stock finder for all the latest stock updates to save you time this Christmas.
If you’re buying a Christmas present for a child this year and are stuck on what to get, you can always purchase a Halfords gift card so they can get exactly what they want. Our gifts cards can be redeemed in store and online so choosing the perfect gift is easy and hassle-free.
We’re also offering personalisation on our Kids’ bikes, which includes your child’s name, a gift bag and a bow all for just £10 to make your gift look extra special on the big day!
You can always be assured that our kids bikes’ offer the best value for money with our lowest price guarantee. Should you find the price of your bike has been reduced on or before Christmas Eve, you’ll receive the difference back on a gift card.
Our price match promise means we’ll also match the price of a competitor if you find they are offering a cheaper price for your bike of choice.