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 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. Just memorize these 10 holiday travel tips every smart traveler should know.
Catch a show
Grab the kids and head to a show! Broadway favorites such as Chicago, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera have tickets available on Christmas Day. And the Radio City Rockettes will be high-kicking their way through their Christmas Spectacular. And New York is only one of the best cities in the world to experience Christmas.
Take a staycation
It may sound surprising, but many local hotels have empty rooms and offer deals on Christmas Day. Sites like hotels.com have slashed prices for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so take the family and enjoy a night away, only a short drive from home. Or check to see if the best Christmas town in your state is nearby.
Enjoy a winter wonderland
Add a festive trip to the ski slopes to your list of things to do on Christmas Day. Throughout the Northeast, some top mountains, like Sugarloaf, Jiminy Peak, Killington, and Whiteface are open for some fun snowy activities like skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. And you’ll likely have your choice of slopes. If you’re out West, plenty top ski resort towns are open for business including Whitefish in Montana, Park City in Utah, Breckenridge in Colorado, and Lake Tahoe in Nevada. Here are some more ski resorts you should totally visit this winter.
Live in or near a major city but never see the sites? Christmas Day is the perfect time to hit the mostly empty streets and see what the tourists see. Visit the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, or climb the Empire State Building, hit up Faneuil Hall, or just walk around enjoying the beauty of those twinkling lights during the holiday season. Consider a visit to one of these 16 old-fashioned Christmas towns for your next family vacation. Test your holiday know-how: how well do you remember A Christmas Carol?
Hit the lanes
Many Lucky Strike bowling alleys across the country are open on Christmas Day, including in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago. Plus, many Lucky Strike alleys also offer billiard and ping pong tables, flat screen TVs, and dining options. You could also break out these 20 family Christmas games even Scrooges will love.
Get a cocktail
From your local pub to the upscale hotel bar, grab a cocktail to help you get through all that holiday cheer. Festive suggestions include a champagne cocktail, a hot toddy, or a hot buttered rum. In fact, more than one of these old-fashioned Christmas traditions we think should make a comeback involve booze.
Log on to opentable.com and make reservations for Christmas brunch. Just because some people are enjoying home-cooked meals doesn’t mean you have to deal with dirty dishes and taking out the trash. Now that’s a real holiday treat! Psst: These homemade Christmas brunch recipes are delicious too!