Family fun isn’t just for Christmas Day – with a Bank Holiday still to look forward to, there’s plenty of time to enjoy an activity (or two) together. Whether you love hibernating at home with loved ones, or using your precious days off to go exploring, discover our favourite ways to spend the rest of the holiday.
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Making delicious sweet treats is the perfect activity for both little ones and grown-ups, and is a fun way to get crafty together. From traditional gingerbread men to Christmas trees, snowflakes, houses and beyond, let your imagination run wild. Try this recipe, which is a family favourite of ours:
Playing games all evening
From charades and quizzes to classic board games – nothing bonds the whole family together like a good old-fashioned pastime. We think the best way to enjoy a games night is to get into your pyjamas, pour a glass of your favourite festive tipple, light the fire (plus a seasonal-scented candle) and have plenty of snacks to hand. Then, let the gaming commence; if your family is competitive split into teams of girls vs boys, or the youngest vs the oldest.
Curling up with a book
Now is the time to enjoy a few hours of peace and quiet. We love turning off the TV to cosy-up on the sofa with a novel that we’ve not yet found the time to start. Stuck for ideas? Consult our round-up of Winter’s top reads. If you’ve got little ones, cuddle up and read a children’s book together, it’s a magical way to capture their imagination.
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Taking to the ice
Ice skating isn’t an activity that can only be enjoyed before Christmas, there are plenty of indoor ice skating rinks that are open all-year-round across the UK, including Silver Blades Ice Rink near Manchester, Milton Keynes’ Planet Ice and more. However, we think the time in-between Christmas and new year is the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the UK’s best outdoor pop-up rinks. If you’re based near London, we recommend visiting Somerset House or Hampton Court, while outside of the capital city, Cornwall’s Eden Project, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and Nottingham’s Old Market Square ice rinks are extra-special.
Going for a long, Winter walk
After over-indulging on Christmas Day, going for a brisk Winter walk is a great way to restore your energy levels, but don’t forget to wrap up in our cosy jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves. Some of our favourite spots include World Heritage Sites, such as Hadrian’s Wall, with a path that runs for 84 miles across Northumberland and Cumbria’s dramatic countryside; deer-spotting at Richmond Park – the largest Royal Park in London – or exploring the depths of the New Forest, where you’re more than likely to bump into wild ponies aplenty. To discover more beautiful walking routes across the UK, we recommend this inspiring list.
Turning off the TV to watch a live show
As much as we love watching a festive film at home, going to the theatre is much more of a treat. It’s the perfect excuse to get dressed in your favourite new Christmas outfits and move away from the comfort of the sofa, too. While even the smallest of little ones will adore your local pantomime (we’ve heard good reviews about Cardiff’s Peter Pan at the New Theatre), older children and adults alike will love Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales (an immersive and enchanting fairytale show situated on London’s Southbank), and ballet enthusiasts in Glasgow will be enchanted by The Scottish Ballet’s contemporary performance of Hansel and Gretel.
However you decide to spend your time, make sure you don’t miss The White Sale. With wonderful savings across our clothing, bed linen, decorative accessories and more, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself.