Looking for some fun and interesting ways to celebrate Christmas with friends and family? Check out these fun seven ideas.
I don’t know about you, but christmas for me is generally centred around a lot of food, alcohol, presents and then crashing on the couch, whilst the younger generation run circles around everyone and I sleep off another year of craziness.
This year, I am looking at branching out and doing something different with friends and family.
Every year, the bestie and I head into the city, either a few days out of Christmas or on Christmas Eve (depending on our schedule), to explore all the new (and some old) Christmas decorations around Sydney.
Fron the tree, to the displays in the shopping centres, and this year a possible visit to see the giant Gingerbread Train at The Sheridan. We love spending a couple of hours wandering around the city streets enjoying the festivities, before finishing off the evening with dinner and drinks.
It’s a tradition we started several years ago and so far, we have upheld it. It’s a lot of fun and an interesting way to end the year with a good friend chatting about anything really and being festive as well.
Outside of that, I am starting a variety of new traditions. Such as dinner with my partners family on Christmas Eve. Something they never do, as they always do Christmas Day.
My family on the other hand has always been about Christmas Eve. There is something quite magical about the eve rather than the day. Where the day for me, is more about resting and recouping from the year LOL.
Instead of eating at home and spending hours in the kitchen, we will be eating out and enjoying each other’s company for a new tradition of fun.
Here are seven other great Christmas fun activities I will be planning to do this year and you should try them too.
Christmas Movie Marathon:
Gather the gang, get cosy in your fave Christmas PJ’s (or get some online if you have none already – they are super cheap on eBay). Set up a soporific by the Christmas tree and start watching some of your favourite Christmas movies. Mine are a Muppet Christmas Carol, Mixed Nuts, The Holiday and of course Harry Potter.
Christmas Cookie Party:
Why not plan a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. They are all the rage right now. You can preface the cookies, or buy undecorated ones to save time and then you have more time for decorating and eating later. Mix it up with a delicious hot chocolate for good measure.
If you still haven’t out any decorations up, like a tree or a wreath, why not get together with friends and family and spend an evening playing your favourite Christmas movie in the background, whilst enjoying a delicious mulled wine (or hot chocolate), order your favourite takeaway and then decorate the tree together.
There are loads of festivals happening around Sydney this year. Like the Village Christmas Bash at with live music, clothes swap, great food and drinks. Click here for more. There’s also the Alexandria Village Christmas Concert with excellent food and drink stalls and plenty of entertainment. Click here for more.
Don’t always think big when it comes to carols, check out your local church or market place for community carols happening in the area (our outside of your area) where the carols are free and you can pack a picnic (or purchase from the many stalls) and sing along to your favourite carols.
Paddy’s Markets, The Grounds of Alexandria and The Rocks Markets are just some of the places around Sydney who will be hosting a variety of Christmas markets up until Christmas. With live music, festive treats and decorations to enjoy, whilst shopping for unique gifts for friends and family.
Take a road trip somewhere. If you live in an area where the Christmas spirit is not as festive as you would like, do a search online for anywhere out of town where there may be some interesting Christmas events happening. The Hunter Valley Gardens are hosting their Spectacular Lights display again this year and Kiama down south has a lot happening also.
There’s loads to do this time of the year.cSure, we don’t get snow and little Christmas villages to explore like in Europe, but you can take the festive vibe with you no matter where you go, and create your own little Christmas cheer.