The festive season is almost upon us, and our calendars are already starting to fill up. Last year, many families were unable to spend Christmas together because of the coronavirus lockdown. Most people found alternative ways to celebrate Christmas in the pandemic, such as eating your body weight in mince pies. This year’s celebrations will be bigger and better than ever before. After all, we’ve got some making up to do.
Kick off the festive season and test the waters with a small group tour around England. You can celebrate like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday and check out these wonderful festive activities.
There are Christmas markets all over the country in November and December. You can wander around the charming stalls, fill your belly with delicious food and buy a few Christmas gifts from the independent sellers. There’s always a chance to grab an Instagram photo in front of the wooden chalet and dance along to the festive tunes. The UK’s Christmas markets are a must-see for locals and visitors.
Idyllic countryside breaks
You could venture into the British countryside for some fresh and beautiful views. The Lake District is one of the most magical destinations at Christmas. You can wake up to the sight of snow on the mountains and spend your day roaming around the quaint villages. You can enjoy some mulled wine in front of the fire at the local pub and a roast dinner. Delicious!
England is simply filled with scenic Christmas backdrops. You could take a drive through the countryside and stop off at a few historic towns and villages to learn about the local history whilst admiring buildings which were probably built hundreds of years ago.
With sparkly frost and snow-capped roofs (if you’re lucky) quaint English towns make for the perfect festive backdrop for any homemade Christmas card, or just this week’s Instagram picture.
Traditional British food tends to be warm and hearty. After a long day in the cold weather, you can sit down to a toad in the hole or Sheppard’s pie. Both are filled with carbs, gravy, a lot of love and make for the perfect meal after a long day of exploring amongst the chilly landscapes of the Lakes or the frost streets of York.
Great shopping opportunities
If the countryside isn’t for you, head to the city for some retail therapy. Most shops have a huge sale on Boxing Day to mark the end of the Christmas period where you can get major discounts on designer and high-street items. You can kick off your new year with a whole new wardrobe and most importantly stay within your budget.
Why don’t you switch things up this Christmas and celebrate the festive season in England? We’ve had to become accustomed to doing something a little different for Christmas. Getting the whole family together for a festive trip across England could be the perfect way to wave goodbye to old traditions and say hello to some new ones!