The Best Non-Christmas-Y Things to Do on Christmas Day
Opening presents and sitting under the tree aren’t the only things to do on Christmas. Here’s a list of our favorite fun things to do on the big day.
Hit the ice
Among the surprisingly long list of things to do on Christmas day is the popular winter pastime—skating! From New York’s famed Rockefeller Center skating rink to all three of San Francisco’s skating rinks (Yerba Buena Gardens, the Embarcadero Center, and Union Square), Christmas is the perfect time to lace up those skates and try out your fanciest skater moves. Triple salchow, anyone? Steal these 15 Christmas traditions from around the world for next year!
Why not enjoy the great outdoors this holiday season? Throw on those hiking boots or sneakers and hit the trails to experience the beauty of nature this Christmas Day. What’s a better gift than relaxing in the great outdoors? Check out these stunning pictures of national parks covered in snow.
Catch a flick
Movie buffs, you better add a cinemas date to your list of favorite things to do on Christmas day! Take advantage of having the day off from work and catch a double feature with all the popcorn you can eat. Take a look to see if your favorite holiday flick made our list of the 40 best Christmas movies.
While a lot of major museums are closed on Christmas Day, Jewish museums, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Jewish Museum in New York City, plus smaller ones, such as Madame Tussauds and the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, are open for visitors to feed their mind on the holiday. And make sure you add a trip to one of these 8 weird museums to your bucket list.
Hang out with some monkeys
Some people spend the holiday with family, but why not spend it with your favorite furry friends at the zoo? Several major zoos, including the Santa Barbara Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, the San Francisco Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and more are open to visitors so that even the animals can get in on the Christmas cheer.
Have a Netflix marathon
Brrrr, baby it’s cold outside. Stock up on your favorite snack food, stay in your pajamas and start a Netflix to binge watch Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad. Or watch one of these feel-good Hallmark Christmas movies.
Take a stroll and enjoy the stunning holiday window displays. Big city stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s are known for their fabulous and whimsical Christmas displays and smaller town centers often have fun displays, too. Learn a thing or two from these bargain shoppers who share their 40 tips for saving money on holiday shopping.
Lend a hand
Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank on Christmas Day to help bring some holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Bringing smiles and joy to those who really need it is truly embodying the spirit of the holiday season. Try one of these 50 random acts of kindness that don’t cost a cent.
Hit the road
Want to head out on holiday but don’t want to deal with long lines at security and crowded airports? Try traveling on Christmas Day to avoid the frustrations of the holiday travel. And for extra savings, tickets often cost less on December 25, too. But be warned, according to Conde Nast Traveler, some normal airport amenities may not be available.