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Ten Things To Do This Christmas

Thursday, 4 December 2014

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From October to the end of Winter is my number one time of the year, there's Halloween, my birthday, Christmas, so much to look forward to! As Christmas is the next big event of the year (not counting my birthday on the 1st of December haha) I thought I'd put together a little Christmas idea list full of things you can do to get yourself in the festive spirit.

1. Go To A Christmas Market

This is one of my personal favourites to do around Christmas. There's nothing better than wandering around a German style Christmas Market surrounded by twinkling fairy lights and the smell of mulled wine. It's also a great place to get Christmas gifts as you can usually find presents which are handmade or far more unique than what you could get on the high street, perfect if you want something a little different for that special someone. If you feel like being extra festive and venturing to a market full of Christmas heaven then there's a website here which lists pretty much all of them!

2. Go Ice Skating
Extra ice skating rinks seem to pop up everywhere as Christmas nears, one of the best ones being at Somerset House in London. Ice skating is always something that I forget about, I haven't been for a few years but I absolutely love it and I know many people are the same so why not rekindle your love for it in the perfect Christmas setting surrounded by trees and decorations? Tickets are usually fairly cheap so it could make a great day out if you tied it in with something like a Christmas market or Londons Winter Wonderland.

3. Buy a Real Christmas Tree
Something that I persuade my Mum to do every single year is to buy a real Christmas tree because nothing beats a real one with that incredible pine tree smell. We usually get one from a garden centre near us but there are plenty of places that actually let you choose and chop down your own tree which is an excellent way to add extra fun into the magic of getting your tree and decorating it. There's a great website here that lists a load of tree farms in the UK so have a look if it's something you want to do!

4. Bake Christmas Treats
We all know that December is the one month of the year where every diet or healthy eating regime goes straight out the window in favour of all the divine winter food. Rather than going to stores and buying ready made Christmas treats why not have a go at making your own? It's a great way to spend your days off towards the end of the year (unless you work in retail like me) and can be shared around your family and friends which will definitely make you extremely popular with everyone! My personal favourites to make are definitely Gingerbread Men (recipe here) and Stollen (recipe here). BBC Good Food also has a fantastic Christmas section here, so you can make something to suit every craving.

5. Visit Hogwarts In The Snow
I've been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour twice now as it's no secret that I'm a huge Harry Potter fan but I visited it in the snow myself a few days ago, even if you're aren't that invested in it yourself it's still a great place to visit at Christmas. They decorate the Great Hall and some of their other sets such as the Hogwarts Castle and dorm rooms especially for Christmas and I can tell you, it's really amazing to see. It's overall an incredibly interesting tour as everyone will know of the magical world of Harry Potter so it's great to get behind the films and see how it was all done which isn't something you can really do for any other films.

6. Go To Winter Wonderland
This is similar to visiting a Christmas market but what makes it different is that rather than just being a market, it has a whole range of other activities like the Ice Kingdom, circus shows, and fairground rides. It's free to get in although you will have to pay extra for some of the attractions though it's still fun to just walk around it and take in the sights. It's also fairly near Harrods so you can follow it with another one of my favourite things to do, exploring the Christmas section in Harrods!

7. See The Christmas Lights In Your Area
My mum has done this with me since I was little, we'll drive through the centre of town and see the lights there then go around the streets near us to see how everyone has decorated the outside of their houses. It's a simple and inexpensive thing to do but there's something magical about it which is why I love doing it. It's also become a bit of a tradition now and we'll always look out for the houses that are known for having over the top displays.

8. Get Yourself A Christmas Outfit
I'm not talking about a sparkly dress here, I mean a full on cringe fest outfit combination. Primark is great for this, they sell light up Christmas jumpers, Christmas underwear, Christmas pyjamas, Christmas socks, Christmas knitted leggings. If you can think of it, they'll probably have it. Get yourself a warm, cosy outfit like that then snuggle down with family or friends to have a night in watching your favourite winter classics!

9. Have A Christmas Film Night
This is something that everyone probably does anyway but I thought I'd include it just in case. Put on your warmest winter pyjamas and choose yourself some of the best Christmas films to watch whilst snacking on your favourite food and it'll make a great night in! Some of my favourite films to watch would have to be Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, and The Grinch.

10. Build A Gingerbread House
Building a gingerbread house is a great activity to do on Christmas Eve, especially if there's young kids in your family (though I'm 21 and I love doing it...). You can either make your own gingerbread or you can buy a ready made kit from places such as John Lewis. Stock up on extra sweets and candy canes for extra decoration then have a competition between you and your relatives to see who can make the best one! Just try not to eat it before it's finished...

So what do you think of these Christmas ideas? These are all things that I love to do myself so definitely try them if they aren't something you'd normally do yourself and feel free to add more ideas to the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. Aw this makes me wish it was still Christmas!


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