Of all the posts we do each year this is one of the most fun!
Maybe we shouldn’t say that…..but scouring the country for the very best festive fun has become a jolly Christmas tradition itself. We’ve really tried to come up with suggestions that you can enjoy wherever you live.
Sure, not everyone can make it to Fortnum & Mason for Festive Afternoon Tea but it’s the idea that counts. You can bet there’s somewhere serving marvellous mince pies and sparkly prosecco nearby.
Our Top 10 Christmassy Things To Do post is not about following the recommendations to the letter – more about inspiration – so get your skates on and croon a Christmas Song….
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.”
Festive Afternoon Tea
You don’t need a swanky visiting Aunt to indulge in Festive Afternoon Tea. This is a festive treat that needs no excuse. And if you can’t find a swish hotel serving glistening baubles of yumminess within striking distance then we’ll eat our weight in Christmas pudding.
If you can make it to the big smoke we reckon Fortnum & Mason is pretty unbeatable – best foodie festive windows too…
Wreath Making Class
Take a little time out to get Christmas creative. Go along solo or gather a group of chums. There are loads of wreath making classes up and down the country. Try the RHS, National Trust for Scotland or search locally.
Get Your Skates On
See A Christmas Show
Chucklesome as they are, re-runs of Home Alone can’t compete with a good Christmas show. It’s not just what happens on stage it’s the whole Theatre experience – dressing up, bustling in, people watching, taking your seat and waiting for the lights to go down.
Pick of this year’s bunch:
Christmas Carol Concerts
With choirs experiencing a revival, standards of the Christmas Concert have soared. From the classiest, traditional chorister to the Christmas croon-along the Festive season is celebrated in song all over the UK. Search locally for Charity Christmas Carol concerts.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
More and more places are offering a Cut Your Own Tree service. Wander off into the woods to choose your little Fir tree and have the gratification of hauling it yourself back to the car. Marginally more effort versus much more magic than a trip to Homebase.
A few of the best:
Watch Christmas Cartoons
Oh there are so many to choose from, whatever your age or gender there must be one you love…..Tom & Jerry Twas the Night Before Christmas, Ardmann Animation’s Arthur, Madagascar Penguins, Donald Duck Stuck on Christmas and on the list grows…flick on the box, pull up a mince pie and take a big bite of Christmas.
Make a Snowglobe
Custom build a winter wonderland to gift to family and friends. Easy peasy and a little bit cheesy. Perfect for Secret Santa and sticking fillers. Snowglobe Kit. Or just use a jar as above – Cars In Jars.
Shortbread, gingerbread, stollen and cake. Fill your home with smell of festive home baking, a freshly baked mince pie straight from the oven is one of the simplest and deepest pleasures imaginable. If you lack confidence there are classes in every nook of the UK:
Do a Good Deed
Lastly. This one should appear on every list, every year but it does us all good to remember that giving at Christmas doesn’t always involve a financial transaction. Hit lists of goodwill towards all the usual suspects and anyone you come across in need of a helping hand. No need to limit yourself to one.
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