How to make a lockdown Christmas special

Girl smiling at Christmas
Covid-19 has made sure that 2020 has been a very strange year for everyone, and with cases of the virus still high across the UK, Christmas is set to be a little different. Although rules about meeting family will be relaxed for a few days, there will certainly be no office parties or trips to the big Christmas markets. Fortunately, there’s still lots to look forward to. Read on to find out how to make a lockdown Christmas special.

Visit Santa’s Grotto 

Visiting a Santa’s grotto is one of the most magical Christmas events for children and parents alike. Watching the smile on your child’s face as they meet the man himself is truly amazing. Fortunately, Santa's grottos are allowed in all tiers, as long as they're held in venues which are permitted to be open. This means that even if you live in a tier 3 area, you should still be able to enjoy the magic of taking your child to meet Santa Claus. 
If you’re unable to visit a grotto due to shielding or any other reason, it may be possible to speak to him online via a video streaming site. Many providers are offering this service, allowing kids to talk to Santa even if they can’t meet him in person. You can even get your little ones to write a letter to Santa to prepare, check it out now at an incredible price in our Toy Clearance Sale!

Go carol singing

There are few things more Christmassy than carol singing. So, why not go carolling with the kids and get in the festive spirit? Carol singing is permitted in all tiers this year so long as those attending follow Public Health England advice on singing safely. Singing must only take place in well-ventilated areas, with everyone keeping a safe distance from each other. Door-to-door carol singing is allowed in groups of no more than six. After the year we’ve had, most people will love to hear the angelic voices of children singing cheery carols!
Ornaments carol singing

Watch Christmas movies 

A lockdown Christmas doesn’t have to be boring when there are so many fantastic movies to watch. Let’s face it, there are few things more enjoyable than snuggling under duvets with the family and watching a festive blockbuster like Home Alone, Elf, or the Polar Express. You can dim the lights and get cosy on the couch in front of the TV. Services like Amazon Prime and Netflix make accessing the best Christmas movies easier than ever. Don’t forget those all-important snacks like hot chocolate and popcorn!

Get your bake on 

If there’s one thing Christmas calls for, it is good food! So, why not get in the kitchen with the kids and cook up a storm? Christmassy dishes won’t fail to get everyone in the holiday spirit and looking forward to the big day. Think mince pies, Christmas cakes, and traditional festive breads like panettone and stollen. Our mouths are watering already!
Little girl and her mother baking during the festive season

Family board game tournament

Pitting your wits against your family is so much fun, particularly if you’re the one who’s winning! Plan a board game tournament and see who’s the best at traditional games like draughts, chess and Ludo. To make things more exciting, make sure there’s a prize in store for the winner. We have so many cheap board games that the whole family will love! Who said you can’t have fun indoors on a cold winter’s day at Christmas? 

Christmas shop until you drop 

Pubs, bars, restaurants, and many other venues may be closed in your area, but the good news is that shops are allowed to open in all tiers. All non-essential shops were permitted to reopen from 2nd December across England. So, if you still have Christmas shopping left to do, why not get out on to the high street and find the perfect gifts for your friends and family? 
Retailers desperately need sales after losing so much business during the national lockdown, so it makes sense to shop local this year rather than online. Most towns and city centres are lit up with beautiful festive displays, creating a warm Christmas glow. Some Christmas markets are still going ahead, although you can expect social distancing to be closely monitored in these areas.  

Enjoy winter walks

Winter is a great time for exploring the outdoors, despite the cold weather. The countryside is at its most dramatic in the winter months, with the naked trees revealing breath-taking views to admire. Plus, the air is so clean and crisp, and you’re sure to feel so much healthier after a walk. So, pull on your walking boots and wrap up warm in your coat, hat, and scarf and head out on a stroll with the family. It’s sure to blow away the cobwebs this Christmas! Also don't forget to pack a few goodies for your little ones, this is to keep them busy when you travel. We have plenty of activity books that are guaranteed to keep your little ones busy and happy as well. This is also a great way to break up the day for them!
Mum and her son and daughter walking through the snow
Whilst the restrictions placed on the UK this Christmas are sure to make the festive period somewhat different this year, there are certainly ways to make the most of the holiday season. From visiting Santa’s grotto to carol singing and baking Christmas cakes, there’s a lot to keep you entertained this December. Making a lockdown Christmas special is easier than you might think.

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