Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of Christmas; forget the turkey dinner, sale shopping and the in-laws. Whether you are looking for an alternative Christmas day or just alternative activities to the run up to Christmas there are loads of ideas to choose from.
Tis the season to be generous! We all feel more charitable at Christmas but instead of putting money in a box as you pass by, why not be the person holding the collection pot? Charities run many events over the festive period and it’s something the whole family can get involved in. If a collection pot isn’t your scene, you could hold your own event such as a charity Christmas dinner with friends and family.
Take a Holiday
Have a stress free Christmas and leave the preparation to someone else for a change. Why not spend Christmas somewhere else and have someone else clean, cook and wash up. There are loads of B&B’s, resorts and hotels in the UK offering discounts over the festive period. Take a trip to a city you’ve always wanted to visit or if that Christmas bonus is a big one, go on a skiing holiday abroad.
Take a trip on Christmas day
Christmas is a perfect excuse to visit family who live out of town. Take a trip to a different place this Christmas and show the kids the local area, especially if your relatives live in the country side. Explore towns nearby and stop off for a Christmas meal in a local pub or restaurant; it might be a good idea to see what’s open before you venture out. If you live down south or near London there are many events going on to entertain you on Christmas day such as the annual Christmas dip run by local swimming clubs and charities.
Take the kids outside to get some fresh air and exercise before the big Christmas meal. As the roads will be empty it is the perfect opportunity to test ride the new bikes you bought the kids. Alternatively follow your local cycling trail or ride in your local park. It might even get you out of preparing the Christmas dinner or empty the house for a few hours.
Take a Walk
It’s great to get out the house for a couple of hours and take in some fresh air. Why not take the family and go looking for wildlife in your local park or feed the ducks? An alternative to narrating your own walk to the kids is a guided walk around Stratford-upon-Avon and learn about the history of the town and its famous locals! Their guided walks go for on 365 days of the year!
In the run up to Christmas, interest in our historic attractions seems to go into overdrive and is a popular family activity. Over the Christmas period you will usually find festive events aimed at both parents and children such as breakfast with Santa at Warwick Castle. Look at websites such as English heritage for information on events over Christmas.