For those of us that live in cities that aren’t London or it’s surrounding areas, finding things to do for Christmas time is normally a bit of a challenge, my city isn’t necessarily aesthetically pleasing and we don’t have niche cafes with grand displays at the door, however that doesn’t mean that we’re limited in what we can do to celebrate the festivities this Christmas. I’ve gone on a search for things to do this year and you won’t be short of things to do.
Since it’s also the time of year when we feel like we have to do things, I just want to remind everyone who, like me, suffers with a bit of fomo from time to time that there’s no need to be out all the time celebrating Christmas, especially if you don’t want to.
I’ve touched on FOMO before and if you want to read about that then by all means give it a whirl! But as much as I also don’t want you to feel pressured to do something for the sake of it, I also hope that I can inspire you to get out and do something you’d genuinely like to do.
1. Attend a Christmas themed afternoon tea
There’s a few tea rooms that will definitely be doing Christmas themed afternoon tea. Gluttons in Tettenhall normally do a lovely one, I’ve been for afternoon tea with them before as well, my sister was a few months pregnant so I’d say it was over two years ago now, but we had a genuinely really lovely time and I really rate them. Their regular afternoon tea is normally £17.50 per person – their Christmas special starts from December 1st and prices sit at £30 per person.
If Gluttons doesn’t take your fancy or if it’s a bit too far, you could also check out check out The Mount – they’re a bit costlier with prices starting at £19.95 per person and they are located on Mount Road, which for me is a bit further, but they’ve done Christmas specials for a few years now and I’ve heard great things.
2. Take the kids to meet Santa
I don’t have a child but I do have a niece, who isn’t realllly so keen on Santa but I think Mrs Clause would be a hit – warm woman offering cookies? Even as an adult this sounds lovely.
Either way, there are tonnes of places right now offering meet Santa dates, if you’re not looking to spend a lot then I think going to The Hollybush Garden Center is a good call; make sure you get there early though because the line gets really long and they eventually stop accepting people to queue up.
If you have more of a budget then I really think that you should try out Severn Trent’s annual train ride, this year Santa will board the train and hand out gifts to all children as well as pose for photos. There’s also a Polar Express event in Telford, same concept with a train however instead of just being Christmas themed it’s got the Polar Express theme going on, I did hear that they sold out really quickly though, but I’m mentioning this in case you didn’t know about it and want to try next year instead.
Here’s an over 18s event for ya, this is happening pretty soon so I’d get your friends into it quickly but on December 7th The Grain Store are throwing a Christmas Peaky Blinders party. This sounds like a great time with whiskey tasting, contests and events throughout. Final release tickets are now £19.80 each.
This is something that I’d love to go to but it’s not in the cards for me this year. I’m a big comedy fan and if you couldn’t tell already, I love food. It’s the perfect combination for me.
This is also a more adult themed thing to do though, I don’t think I’d get taking the kids to this but it is a nice thing to do with friends or your siblings if you have any.