Making the most of Christmas and New Year

The presents are opened, the food is nearly gone and another Christmas has passed in a flash. There’s a week to go before New Year’s Eve, so what are you going to do with it?

If you’re lucky enough not to have to work between Christmas and New Year, there are actually lots of things you can do with your time. Of course, many of them depend on the weather, but if you can, it’s worth trying some of these suggestions:

Get together with friends – Christmas is often a time for family, but there may be friends that you haven’t seen for a while and would like to catch up with. The period between Christmas and New Year is a great chance to get together. Meet for a meal, haul out your men’s and ladies’ waterproof jackets and head for the hills, or take the kids to see a panto.


Shop in the sales – there was a time when the sales between Christmas and New Year were the best chance of getting a bargain until the summer. With shops having sales all the time now, it’s less important to head out to the high street, but you can still snap up some amazing bargains. And, with many shops offering sale prices online, you don’t even have to leave home. Grab sale offers on winter women’s jackets, men’s trousers and ladies’ trousers like these trousers from Cotton Traders, so that you’re all sorted for the rest of the season.

Visit a heritage site – Heaving in summer, but quiet and more reflective in winter, the UK is full of amazing heritage sites that are open all year round. Check before you go, but for standing stones, castles, abbeys and more, the period between Christmas and New Year is a great time to visit.

Be active – head to your local sports centre for a swim, a game of badminton or a fitness class. It’s the perfect time to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions and begin to really enjoy exercise. You can join the gym whilst you’re there and may be able to take advantage of special offers.

Go sightseeing – grab your winter jacket and head for your nearest city and have a night away to do some sight-seeing. From the charm of Roman cities like York and Chester to the bright lights of London, it’s great to get away from home and do something different.


Whatever you do, make sure you’re where you need to be for those important New Year’s Eve celebrations so that you can mark 2016 in style!


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