Budget Friendly Christmas Days Out

Don't let a tight budget stop you from being able to enjoy the festive season this Christmas. Check out our fun and affordable Christmas days out for you and the whole family.

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Make the most of Christmas this festive season without going over budget on days out. From ice skating and Christmas markets to winter walks, hot chocolate tasting, and more, don’t miss our budget-friendly Christmas days out for you and the whole family.  

Have a Go at Ice Skating

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Whether you’re a complete novice or a total pro, have fun with your family and friends out on the ice rink. Wrap up warm, get your skates on and go. If you’re a little nervous, look forward to help with balance, and remember that falling over is part of the fun. 

Enjoy Hot Chocolate Tasting at Local Cafes

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Grab a few friends and head to your favourite local cafes to indulge in a heavenly hot chocolate. The cold, winter months make it the perfect time to enjoy a warm beverage, especially with all of the toppings. 

Wrap Up Warm for a Winter Walk

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Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying the great outdoors. Find out how you can save money on a winter coat, bundle up and get out on a walk. Whether you’re doing your favourite route, or trying a new one, you’re sure to see some beautiful, wintery scenes. 

If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our article on the Best UK Walking Spots.  

Wander Round Local Light Shows

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Wait for dark to explore a local festive light trail. If you’ve got a bit of a tight budget this year, fear not. Head to the closest high street and gaze at the stunning Christmas lights there, free of charge. Why not do a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping while you’re at it? 

Go Christmas Book Shopping

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If you love cosying up with a good book during the festive season, take a few friends to go Christmas book shopping. Head to local bookshops and challenge yourselves to find the perfect festive read on a budget. What’s more, if you’re looking for last-minute Christmas activities on a budget, why not host a Christmas book club too? 

Take Part in a Wreath Making Class

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Whether a friend is hosting or you’re going to a Christmas craft workshop, unleash your creativity and get making. For inexpensive wreath-making essentials, utilise your garden for things like moss, Holly, pine cones, and other festive foliage. 

Visit a Festive National Trust Site

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If you have a National Trust membership or are considering one, there is a fantastic variety of festive days out available to you. Whether it’s Christmas light shows, festive craft workshops, or winter markets, it’s a lovely option that the whole family can enjoy. 

Go Out for Christmas Drinks

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Get dressed up in your sparkliest outfit and head out for some festive drinks. Whether you’re making your way through the Christmas cocktail/mocktail menu, or opting for a glass of mulled wine, you’re sure to feel the love this festive season. 

Browse Local Christmas Markets

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Get in the festive mood by heading to your local Christmas markets. Whether you’re looking for last-minute Secret Santa gifts, or you’re looking for a festive activity to get you out of the house, this one is for you. After all the hustle and bustle is done, pop into a coffee shop for a festive hot chocolate. 

Enjoy a Family Cinema Trip

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Get the family together and take a trip to the cinema. This is a great, affordable option that avoids the cold if you know how to get free and cheap cinema tickets and what the cheapest day to go to the cinema is. 

Whether you’re settling down to watch the perfect Christmas film or a new and exciting release, grab the popcorn and enjoy. 

Visit a Christmas Tree Farm

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Whether you prefer a real tree or a faux tree, it’s worth visiting a Christmas tree farm this festive season. Take the little ones and create some wholesome memories walking amongst real Christmas trees. Who knows, you might just find the perfect one to cut down and take home.   

Feast on a Festive Meal

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We all know that Christmas time is when you can enjoy some of the most delicious food of the year. Why not head out to a local pub or restaurant and feast on their festive menu? If you’re looking for ideas for date nights on a budget, this is a great one with a festive feel. 

Go Christmas Pyjama Shopping

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Make the festivities even more special with matching Christmas pyjamas. Take your friends or family out shopping and challenge yourselves to find the perfect pair of wintery pyjamas that everyone will love. Enjoy a Christmas movie, or do your budget-friendly winter skincare, in style. 

Watch a Theatre Performance

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Taking a trip to the theatre during the Christmas period can be a magical experience. Whether you’re watching a classic festive performance like A Christmas Carol, or enjoying your favourite show for the hundredth time, it’ll never get old, especially if you know how to score cheap theatre tickets

Attend a Church Service

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During Christmas time, churches typically hold special, festive services free of charge. So, if you’re after an activity that will bring the whole family together, dress up in your best Christmas outfit, sing some Christmas carols, and take the time to give thanks. 

Go Sledging with the Family

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Granted that it has been snowing, be sure to make the most of it this festive season with sledging. Layer up with a hat, gloves and scarf, and find a suitable area that is open and safe to use. Grab your sledge and enjoy the feeling of the crisp wind in your hair and making memories that are sure to last a lifetime. 

If it hasn’t snowed close by, fear not. Why not opt to spend the day at a dry ski slope or an indoor ski centre? There are plenty dotted across the UK for you to enjoy with the family. 

Layla Al-Ani
Home & Garden Writer

I’m Layla, the home and garden editor, and I started working at MyVoucherCodes in November 2022. I have always loved to write, especially after getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and since getting my own place, I’ve gotten stuck into all things home and garden.

When I’m not writing about saving money on homely purchases, I’m either sitting with my head in a new book, painting a piece of art for my walls, or binge-watching an interior design programme on Netflix. I love to get inspiration and transform my space, usually with the help of a few Pinterest boards and a couple of tins of paint.