It’s finally December. And we Brits know how to do Christmas. Prepare to have fun, over-indulge and generally walk around with a warm-fuzzy feeling as everyone is extra nice to you.
To get you into the festive spirit we’ve picked the coolest things for you to get up to this December.
When: 14th December
Cost: The cost of a jumper
Are you ready for National Christmas Jumper Day when thousands of Brits wear the most hideous Christmas jumper in the name of charity?
Go on and help raise money for the amazing children’s charity, Save the Children.
To raise as much money as possible make sure your jumper has a Christmas theme. Jumpers with snowmen, Santa Claus or a Christmas pudding get a thumbs up, and if you can pick up a novelty jumper with Christmas bobbles, lights or sounds that’s even better.
Remember there is just one rule – the tackier the jumper the better!
What: Burning the Clocks
When: 21st December
Where: Brighton town Centre
Did you know that the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, is just three days before Christmas?
And before Christmas was brought to the UK in the 6th century, ancient Britons used to celebrate the solstice with festivals of fire to welcome the lighter days ahead.
Since 1995, the people of Brighton have been reviving this ancient ritual with a new tradition of their own. Every year thousands of people join the Burning the Clocks procession and take homemade paper lanterns, of all shapes and sizes, down to the beach to light.
It is a beautiful sight to see and the celebrations finish with a firework display over the city.
What: Hogmanay Street Party
When: 31st December – 1st January 2019
Hogmanay is how the Scots celebrate the start of the New Year and the Edinburgh Street Party is the biggest of them all. Attracting 60,000 party goers from around the world!
The party starts at 7pm and goes onto the early hours with music, street performers, dancers, acrobats and fire eaters. Revellers will also have the best views of the amazing firework display over Edinburgh Castle.
Fancy going? Well we have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the party on 31 Dec. Enter here.
What: Loony Dook
When: 1st January, 2019
Where: South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Cost: £12 and free to observe
The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year. It is when a thousand brave people dress up in fancy dress and throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry.
The madness is to raise money for charity and to celebrate the New Year in a uniquely crazy way!
What are the times?
10.45am – Parade from Hawes car park
12.30pm – The madness starts