The Christmas holidays have officially started and I’m really looking forward to having some time off so that I’m able to spend more time doing some festive things before Christmas and chilling out before the New Year. I’m really lucky this year that I’m working in an office where I’m now off until the New Year so I’ve got plenty of time to catch up with friends and family. I thought I’d share some of the things that you can get up to over the holidays.
I think almost every town has a festive market at this time of year and I just love spending time going round the different stalls. If you’re in Glasgow I’d definitely recommend checking out the Chocolate Kisses stall, there’s so many to choose from although I’d suggest trying the prosecco ones! As well as lots of tasty looking (and smelling) food stalls, you can stop for a break during your shopping and heat up a little with a mulled cider.
There always loads of new release out around this time of year and heading to the cinema is a great way to spend an afternoon if the weather is rubbish. If you’re looking for something funny then I’d recommend giving Daddy’s Home 2 a watch. It’s the perfect cheesy Christmas movie with lots of laughs. Many places are also showing some Christmas classics such as Elf, Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life. I’ll be heading to the Glasgow Film Theatre to see It’s a Wonderful Life which I’m really looking forward to as I’ve never actually seen the movie the whole way through.
If you’re heading to the cinema after Christmas or are just not a fan of Christmas movies then why not check out the new Star Wars movie?
I love taking pictures and have been trying to improve my landscape photography, you can see some of them on Instagram as I like to share them one there. The top two are more recent ones which I took at Abington which is a small village in South Lanarkshire.
There are some great walks around Loch Lomond too and the bottom two pictures were taken at The Rest and Be Thankful which is the highest point on the A83. You can find a list of winter walks on the Visit Scotland website.
I love skating, although I never got the chance to go to the outdoor rink that always used to be set up in George Square. I’m planning to head through to Edinburgh to the outdoor rink that is set up at St Andrews square. It’s open until the 6th of January so there’s plenty of time to check it out during the holidays.
There are plenty of events on throughout Scotland for Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) so I thought I’d mention a few. I’ll be heading to the Biggar’s Hogmanay Bonfire where a large bonfire is lit in the town’s high-street at 9:30pm and is accompanied by music and dancing. It’s a tradition that has been going on for hundreds of years and even continued through the war years by a group who lit a candle at the bonfire site so as not to attract enemy bombers. It’s the first time I’ll be going along and I’m really looking forward to it and will definitely be posting some pictures on Instagram.
There will be of course Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay Street party which will host performances by bands, street performers and dancers .
And if you don’t fancy heading out then there is always some good shows on such as Jool’s Holland’s Hootenanny and Only An Excuse (which I’ll definitely have on record as my aunt’s dog will be staring in this years episode).
What are your plans for over the holidays?
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