This article was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 3 December 2021

It’s finally December. And trust us when we tell you that 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.

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To get you into the festive spirit we’ve picked the coolest things for you to get up to this December.

National Christmas Jumper Day

What's on in December?
PC: Toa Heftiba

What: National Christmas Jumper Day

When: 10th December 2021

Where: Nationwide

Cost: The cost of a jumper

Are you ready for National Christmas Jumper Day when thousands of Brits wear the most hideous Christmas jumper they can find – 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, then that’s even better.

Remember there is just one rule – the tackier the jumper the better!

Burning the Clocks

What's on in December?
By Dominic Alves – Burning the Clocks, Brighton, CC BY 2.0

What: Burning the Clocks

When: 21st December 2021

Where: Brighton Town Centre

Cost: Free

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.

Hogmanay Street Party

What's on in December?
PC: Alana Harris

What: Hogmanay Street Party

When: 29 December 2021 – 1st January 2022

Where: Edinburgh

Cost: £27

Hogmanay is how the Scots celebrate the start of the New Year and the Edinburgh Street Party is the biggest of them all, featuring live DJs, street theatre and fireworks!

The revelries kick off from the 29th December with a concert at Greyfriars Kirk and a Torchlight procession on the 30th December. The Edinburgh Street Party starts on the 31st of December and goes into the early hours of the new year with music, street performers and dancers. Party-goers will also have the best views of the amazing firework display over Edinburgh Castle!

Loony Dook

Photo credit: Chris Watt

What: Loony Dook

When: 10:30am, 1st January 2022

Where: South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Cost: £12.50 to enter and free to observe

The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year. It is when thousands of brave people dress up in fancy dress and throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the Firth of Forth estuary at South Queensferry.

The madness is to raise money for charity and to celebrate the New Year in a uniquely crazy way!

You may also want to read

What is Hogmanay? 

What makes a British Christmas?

Guide to Edinburgh