Christmas is a wonderful season that we all enjoy, unless you’re a scrooge! All jokes aside, it’s perfectly reasonable to want to fill the holiday season with exciting events because Christmas is such a joyful time of year. However, in the current climate, with the growing cost of, well, pretty much everything, maintaining the holiday spirit may seem difficult. 

Parents often feel a ridiculous amount of pressure, especially during the holiday season. One scroll on Insta will overwhelm you with posts about travels to Lapland, Santa Claus visits, and presents piled higher than the tree. It makes sense that so many of us feel bad about how we spend our time, but we must also keep in mind that social media is really just a showcase of the “best bits.”

Here at The Posh Paper Co., we wanted to help parents spread festive cheer, without breaking the bank. Here are our top Christmas activities to keep the magic alive!

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1. Visit a garden centre

In almost every garden centre in the UK, a spectacular Christmas exhibition is on display. The faces of your family will be brightened just by strolling through the garden centre around Christmas thanks to the hundreds of sparkling lights, trees, and decorations. Additionally, you’re under no need to buy anything, making this a fun-filled, cost-free day out.

2. Find your local Santa’s grotto

Queuing for a meet and greet with Santa is often either free or very inexpensive. Your child’s expression when they first meet the man himself is precious. They say you have to see to believe, so help keep the magic of Christmas alive with this free activity. There might even be one at your local garden centre!

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3. Christmas Markets

This year, there are a tonne of Christmas markets scheduled all around the nation, including small, independent, and local markets. Again, you’re under no obligation to buy anything, but strolling through the markets while taking in the joyous sounds of Christmas is a wonderful way to spend the day.

4. Watch your local town’s Christmas Lights display.

The majority of UK towns and cities hold a fantastic display when it comes to turning on the Christmas lights. Plus, they’re free of charge to watch. Get wrapped up, join your local community, countdown and witness the magic, guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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5. Purchase a Posh Paper Christmas activity

From letters from Santa to open on Christmas Eve, to Colour Your Own Christmas Cards, we have plenty of Christmas activities available to buy online, whilst keeping prices to a minimum. Plus, you’re supporting an independent business in the process. 

6. Keep the magic at home

From movie nights and duvet days, cookie baking and crafts, there’s lots can be said for a day just spent together. Hot chocolates or treats you already have in, pick your favourite Christmas film, get out last years Christmas pyjamas and make a day of it… if the kids are really at a loose end, wrap up and go for a walk first so you can burn off some energy and get some fresh air.