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Alternative Christmas Day ideas for everyone

 Alternative ideas for Christmas day

The presents, the roast turkey, the Christmas telly – there’s a lot to love on Christmas Day! But once you’ve unwrapped your gifts and can’t face another turkey sandwich, what do you do? Discover the best alternative Christmas Day ideas that don’t involve charades.

Things to do on Christmas Day in London

Get up early to watch the brave/crazy members of the Serpentine Swimming Club compete in the Peter Pan Cup – a freezing swim across Hyde Park’s famous lake. Sadly only members can take part, so best leave the swimmers at home.

If you’d rather do something active, join the Christmas Day bike ride from Greenwich to Edgware Road. Not only will you get to see some of London’s iconic landmarks without the crowds, you can get home too as there’s no public transport on 25 December.

You could also sign up for a festive 5k run. This Christmas, parkrun will be holding a series of events across the UK, including London’s parks. Why not ask for some new trainers, then test them out?

Things to do on Christmas Day in Edinburgh

Once you’ve finished your Christmas dinner, take a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to watch all the animals enjoy theirs. The UK’s only giant pandas will probably stick to bamboo shoots though, unless you get them on the brandy butter…

Many of Edinburgh’s major attractions are closed on Christmas Day, but you can still hike up Arthur’s Seat to work off a bit of pudding. If that still feels too active, take a virtual tour of the Scott Monument and climb all 287 steps from your sofa.

Things to do on Christmas Day in Glasgow

Enjoy traditional carols as part of the Christmas morning service at Glasgow Cathedral, the best-preserved medieval church in Scotland. Not religious? March up a Munro – that’s a Scottish mountain – instead. Ben Lomond is one of the most popular and closest to Glasgow, but can become very icy and snowy this time of year.

And if you’d rather be throwing shapes with your mates than sipping sherry with your nan, head to The Garage for their annual Christmas Day party. Exact plans are still under wraps, but previous years have included a North Pole party and a White Night – complete with indoor snow.

Wherever you’re spending Christmas Day, you may want to spend it helping those less fortunate than yourself. Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, has ideas on how to volunteer over the holiday season.

Fuss-free festive travel

There’s an alternative to travelling by plane or train this Christmas too – our overnight sleeper service can carry you in comfort to London or Scotland. Just book your bunk with MegabusGold and we’ll deliver you as safely as Father Christmas delivers his presents.

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