7 Things To Do In That Strange Time Between Christmas And New Year

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Make the most of ‘Twixmas’ with our guide to that weird, usually uneventful bit between Christmas and New Year.

You know the weird in-between time after Christmas and before New Year? Well, it’s called Twixmas – from the word betwixt which is an old-fashioned word for between – and we’ve put together a guide on how to make it less ‘Meh’ and more ‘Yeah!’. Don’t worry about the post-Christmas blues, because there are still loads of opportunities to stretch out the magic of the season that little bit longer (the Christmas decorations are still up, after all).

1. Go to the ballet


And by the ballet we don’t just mean any old ballet in any old theatre… It wouldn’t be Christmas time without a visit to watch the seasonal classic The Nutcracker, and where better to watch it than the beautiful Royal Albert Hall? Gather your family together, young and old, and enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker performed by the Birmingham Royal Ballet in this historic venue.

This spectacular production features 70 dancers, state-of-the-art video projections from the team behind War Horse, Simon Callow as the voice of Drosselmeyer, and 75kg of artificial snow. We can’t think of a better way to extend the festivities! Book your tickets here.

2. Visit Winter Wonderland and Winterville while they’re still there


If you’ve got a Christmas activities itch that just can’t be scratched, we recommend heading to one of these classic winter fairground-style pop-ups before they vanish into thin air. Both Winterville and Winter Wonderland are open every day except Boxing Day until the 1st Jan. Make sure you check out our guides to Winter Wonderland and Winterville before your visit!

3. Visit the Natural History Museum

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Ok, loads of galleries and museums are open during this time but we thought you’d enjoy a visit to this London institution most for two reasons. 1. If you’ve been inspired by the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough whilst watching Blue Planet II (us too) we reckon you might enjoy their ‘Whales: Beneath the surface’ exhibition. Just don’t go on Boxing Day, because the museum is closed for the day then. And 2. The Natural History Museum just so happens to boast one of the finest ice rinks in the capital. It might even be the prettiest. Check out our video below…

Which leads us to our next suggestion…

4. Go for a spin on an ice rink

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So many lovely ice rinks pop up around the capital for Christmas and we’re always sad to see them go, so you’d better get your skates on while you have the chance! Just look at our round up of the best festive rinks for some speedy inspiration.

5. Walk off that Christmas weight

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After all that ceremonial stuffing your face, now might be a good time to get a head-start on that January fitness regime! Wrap up in your warmest outerwear and head off on one of these wonderful walks to star digesting all that food. You’ll be back in that summer bikini before you know it!

6. Brave the Boxing Day sales

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Ok, so we don’t actually have much information we can give you about this one, because it turns out most retailers like to keep this part of their year hush hush so you have to go and visit them to find out what their sales are like. No surprises there. But you could go to the shops, you know, if you felt like it. Chances are sales will be happening. Skyscanner will probably also be offering a few surprise flight deals so keep your eyes peeled for those here.

7. Indulge even more


It’s not over yet! We’ve found the perfect antidote to all that feasting… More feasting. But this time in the form of a fabulously festive afternoon tea. Just take a look at our round-up for all the sugar-filled fun you could imagine.

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