If you’re not planning to go home this Christmas, you might be wondering what to do and how to pass the time. Here’s a run down of some fun stuff to do over the winter break!
First up, the College is putting on a range of fun and Christmassy events and activities that you can do without venturing out from the safety of your house… from study sessions to game nights and Netflix screenings! It’s not just party, party party, though - there are also going to be mindfulness events and the chance to have a chat with the Campus Support Officers if you’re feeling a little blue.
We’ve also found some recipes for some fun and easy festive drinks that you can make at home. Complete your Christmas colour scheme with a Santa Clausmopolitan, or try this funky new-and-improved hot toddy recipe, which involves bourbon, cider and… English breakfast tea?! Count me in! If you don’t drink alcohol, or are just looking for some light relief from the Christmas boozing, that’s no reason not to get in on the fun - try this extra simple but utterly delicious mulled apple juice or mint hot chocolate. (If making your own is too much bother, both of these can be bought ready-made.) Pour yourself a glass while you watch a Christmas film (all these ones are available on Netflix…)
To pass the time and really create a festive atmosphere, there are loads of Christmas craft projects to jazz up your home with stuff you already own (this link also includes several weird and wonderful alternatives to a standard Christmas tree, which have to be seen to be believed!)
On the other hand, if you’d like to have some Christmas fun outdoors, for ultimate festive vibes you’ve also got the chance to go ice skating (for FREE!) at the Queen’s House in Greenwich on the 30th December. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand at the skating or a total beginner, all levels are welcome. Definitely book in advance for this one, as we can foresee that it’s going to be pretty popular...
If you’re keen to venture a little further afield, after a very difficult year for its traders, Borough Market has now reopened and it’s looking festive AF! There are strict social distancing measures in place to protect shoppers, and it’s open seven days a week with late night shopping on Thursdays and Fridays.
And finally, this is a situation that many of us have never experienced before, and it’s easy to feel intimidated at the thought of not spending the season with your family and friends. Be kind to yourself, and remember that if you need any help or support over the break, there are plenty of people you can reach out to. Our lockdown health and wellbeing support blog has all the info.