I think we can all agree that winter has officially settled in. The temperatures are dropping day by day, and my windshield cover is making more frequent appearances on the front drive to avoid defrosting every morning! My wardrobes are looking emptier than ever with the constant cycle of jumpers being worn and washed, and I’m blazing through my advent calendar at what feels like record pace. When winter arrives, it can be so easy to feel lethargic – the party season paired with darker nights and shorter days will have that affect on anybody. But what’s important to remember, is all the fun things that we get to do during this season. Winter, albeit not being my favourite season, still brings so many fun activities with it that I wanted to share with you today. So, here’s a bucket list of the things I can’t wait to get up to this year.
The Mile in My Glasses Winter Bucket List
Nights at the Pub
This might just be a British thing, but there’s not much that says winter to me more than a pub. The cosy atmosphere, open fire and good company just screams ‘winter is coming’. (Even more so than the Game of Thrones quote that probably just popped into your mind!). During the colder seasons, whenever I’m looking for somewhere to eat – my first thought is always the pub. It’s just a wonderful tradition that I’m not looking to pass up anytime soon.
Something I always do with my nearest and dearest. Whether we’re walking Winston, or just out and about. Every town has those streets that always outperform on the Christmas decorations. Though they might not be in walking distance, taking a short drive to marvel in some lights peeping is a surefire way to get you in the Christmas spirit.
As Many Winter Walks As You Can Get!
The cold breeze and fresh air. Following Christmas dinner, my family and I love going for a Christmas walk. It’s the perfect antidote to the 3p.m. slump following any indulgence over lunch. During the entirety of winter, soaking in the season through blustery walks has always been one of my favourite traditions, too.
Go to the Beach
Yes – you read that right! The beach during winter is just as magical as during summer. It’s so peaceful. With the wind whipping through the tide, splashing against the shore.
Embrace Comfort Food
I mean, winter is one of those seasons where comfort food really shines, am I right? All of the carbs, all of the sugar – and no regrets. Ha! At least, that’s the intention. December is the month of chocolate for breakfast, so let all your guilty pleasures take over (and try not to beat yourself up about the gym till January!).
Shop the Outfit
Visit the Christmas Markets
One of my favourite activites as winter rolls in. Mid-November I love visiting Christmas markets in neighbouring towns. Last year, we visited Paris’ markets in La Defense, and the year before we stopped by Amsterdam’s Amstelveen markets. Both were magical. Honestly, I’d chase the markets all over Europe.
Attend the Lights Switch On
The Christmas light switch on is always great fun. The local community shows up, special guests are announced and the Christmas spirit is everywhere to be seen. Celebrate with extra Baileys hot chocolate and belt out as many Christmas songs as you can remember.
Participate in a Santa Dash
I love a good Santa dash. Leading up to Christmas, select towns in England hold 5k running events where the participants dress as Santa. Needless to say it’s hilarious. And fantastic. Nobody takes it seriously, and everybody has the best time. Also, the money funded goes towards charity, which is exactly what the Christmas spirit is about, isn’t it?
Take Advantage of Local Festivities
Different towns host different events to celebrate winter. Regardless of what they are, participating in events is a great way to embrace seasonal cheer. The majority of them are free to attend, and there’s nothing quite like being among the excitement of a town event.
Attend a Late-Night Shopping Event
As December draws in, more and more towns hold late-night shopping events. A chance for Christmas shoppers to snatch up any last minute gifts, they’re great fun to mix up how you shop. My friends and I love spending a night doing a late-night shopping event. It’s strangely out of routine, and fun to be doing some retail therapy when everywhere would usually be closed.
Arrange a Pub Crawl
As mentioned before, there’s something winter-y about pubs. And when you mix festive cheer, and speciality drinks in that excitement, a pub crawl can be a great idea. Whether you’re trying all the festive drinks in the area: or just traversing through your list of pub favourites. A pub crawl through December is a great way to spend a night in winter.
Turn the Christmas Decorations into an Event
Hanging the decorations is usually an event for each household. From what music you play, to how you divide and conquer the decorations.
Practice Gratitude Daily
The winter season is an important one to practice gratitude. Remember how priviledged we are for what we have. And practice little acts of giving back daily. Whether to your nearest and dearest, community, or complete strangers.
Have or Host a Christmas Movie Marathon
Need I say more? A Christmas movie marathon is one of the best ways to get in the winter spirit. Flannel pyjamas and heaping mugs of hot chocolate included.
I’d love to know what you think of my winter bucket list, and what your favourite item is! How do you get in the spirit?
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I also wrote a bucket list for autumn, which you can read here.
What’s on your winter bucket list?
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