Holidays Manchester

What to do in the period between Christmas and New Year

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The six days in between Christmas and New Years is a bit of a weird one. That unusual time when you’re not sure what time or day it is, and everything merges into one. The excitement of the build up to Christmas is over but its still a while till you celebrate the New Year.

It’s kind of the holidays with not quite as many people at work, but it’s in between celebrations. In fact its such a distinct time of year the Norwegians even have a particular name for it – Romjul.

So what to do with these six days, we’ve come up with a few ideas if you’re looking for inspiration?

Shop the Sales
Why not look for some bargains in the Boxing Day sales? You might want to do your shopping online this year, but you could still grab a bargain.

Be a culture vulture
Depending where you are, your local museums, art galleries or other cultural organisations might be open and often the period between Christmas and New Year can be quieter. If there’s somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit but not got round to – why not make this year the year?

If local restrictions mean that nothing close to you is open – why not explore online? And the beauty of this is you can take a look at places far and wide! Check out 10 of the world’s best Museum and Art gallery tours.

We know for most of us, theatres are closed, but you can still indulge in a Christmas Pantomime (oh yes you can!) Take a look at what online productions are available and enjoy some festive fun from the comfort of your own home.

Winter Walks

Get out and explore! This period is a great time to get out and explore with friends and family (make sure you check out any Covid- related restrictions where you are). It doesn’t have to be a hike, you can check out a local park, or take a walk around your neighbourhood and take a look at the Christmas decorations – sometimes it’s just good to get out and take in some fresh air. If you’re in Manchester take a look at our winter walks for you to try this Christmas break.

Movie marathon or box set binge?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break and cosying up with your favourite film or box set – sometimes it feels like it’s what this time of year was made for. Catch up with that series everyone has been talking about or indulge in some seasonal movies. Need ideas, check out Kirstie’s must see films for the holidays.

Be slightly productive

There’s always something you’ve been meaning to do – from tidying out your wardrobe to filing paperwork, and this is a great time to do just a bit of it. See Kirsty’s things you can do from your sofa when you want to be (slightly) productive for some nice ideas that, for minimal effort, will leave you either having done something nice or got something off your to do list.

If you’re a budding photographer with a passion for social justice, you could also think about entering the Social Justice Photography competition.

Or you could look ahead to next semester. Joining societies isn’t just a semester 1 thing, so if you’d like to get involved with something next year, you could spend some time looking through what’s out there on the Students’ Union website.

Whatever you are doing over the period, do what feels right for you and give yourself time to relax at the end of the year. If you find yourself not knowing what to do, or you’re at a bit of a loose end and need some support , take a look at the Christmas support page or the student support site.

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