1. Fancy a dip?
Your first thought on Christmas Day might not be to take a dip in the winter water but if you’re in Brighton or near Hyde Park then that is exactly what you could be doing…
- There is an annual tradition, started by members of Britain’s oldest swimming club, to take a quick dip on Christmas Day. Have some fun and dress up to brace the cold on Brighton seafront while you watch on. The swim kicks off at 11am – don’t forget your swimsuit and towel!
- We’re sure you’re thinking – has everyone forgotten it’s December and it’s very, very cold out there? If you don’t fancy a swim yourself you can support members of the Serpentine Swimming Club as they compete for the Peter Pan Cup from 9am on Christmas Day in Hyde Park!*
2. Go to church
Forgotten the traditional element of Christmas? Fed up of just presents and lunch? Use this handy online church finder to search for your closest Christmas service and refresh your knowledge of the tradition of the season:
3. Volunteer your time
Help someone else have a Christmas to remember and volunteer some of your time to a charity and help spread a little festive cheer!
- The Dover Soup Kitchen serves a cooked lunch to anyone who needs it, they also hand out presents and non-perishable food. Volunteers and donations are vital. Click here for more information
- Crisis are looking for a range of volunteers with specialist skills this Christmas – are you a dentist or hairdresser, lorry driver or performer? Click here to see how you could help
- The Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter is opening again this year to help those in need at the coldest time of year, providing a warm safe bed and food, friendship and support. Click here for more information
- Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever. Find out how you can be a companion for someone over the festive holiday
4. Go for an alternative get away
Why not try glamping this festive season with yurts and converted apple sheds, cabins or huts, even wigwams and lodges? Explore the rustic side of life with a touch of glamour. Choose this alternative accommodation for your Christmas and experience the beauty of countrysides and coastlines in winter. Book your stay here
Take yourself away to a place of calm at a Buddhist retreat weekend at the Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditiaion Centre in Brighton. Choose from one day or the entire weekend and share your time with positive minded people, enjoy lunch together while focusing on the greatest gift you can give yourself: inner peace.
6. Go vegetarian
Turkey and trimmings not your thing? Why not visit Cook for a Vegetarian Christmas Meal for two – choose a Christmas Day bundle to suit or build your own so it’s all delivered together and ready to go on the big day!
Or try a faff-free vegetarian Christmas with a deliver box. Try Riverford Organic Farm’s vegetarian Christmas box, complete with nut roast, vegetables, mince pies and more!
7. Go for a Christmas Day cycle
If the season leaves you feeling sluggish, then embrace the day with a morning cycle, through London, from 10am. Starting at the Cutty Sark gardens, riding through Southwark and central London, finishing at Edgware Road. Find out more here
8. Ohh and ahh at a lights tour
Like the glitz and glam of Christmas? Try a panoramic tour of the capital and see the bright lights of the big city. Wrap up warm and enjoy the open top bus ride to see London by Night. More information here
9. Try a new local walk
This county is simply beautiful in the winter, so take advantage of the brisk winter days and explore the rolling countryside. Check out our 10 Top Places to see the Autumn Leaves for more inspiration! Or pick up a copy of December INDEX to see what the ramblers are up to this winter.
10. Don’t fancy cooking yourself?
Try a traditional pub lunch. The George in Rye use locally-sourced produce to create your traditional lunch or if you’re looking for the full Dickensian experience they have a whole host of traditional Christmas events on offer.