It’s that time of the year, the festive period is upon us. The days are getting shorter and greyer. Your winter coat has made an appearance and Christmas ads are on TV.
For many people, Christmas can be a stressful time. Decorations, food and presents need to be bought, family is coming into town and work is becoming busier as everyone rushes to get everything finished before the Christmas break. You almost don’t have time to get into the Christmas Spirit.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Take a day. Just one day and embrace the festive spirit. At Whistle Punks we think that life is not complete without a bit of fun and joy so follow our guide to the ultimate festive day out and we are sure that by the end of it you to will be looking forward to Christmas instead of dreading it.
Day Activities for your Festive Day
Start your festive day in the best way (we are very biased) with axe throwing, it’s not a classic festive tradition but it’s a great way to get pumped for a long day of food and festivities.
Find Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing in the following locations:
- Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing London: Arch 25, Handel Business Centre, 73 Bondway, London SW8 1SQ
- Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing Manchester: Unit 20, Atrium level, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
- Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing Birmingham: Grange Live Gaming, 93-99 Holloway Head, Birmingham B1 1QP
After you’ve built up a hunger throwing axes at targets and smashing bulls-eyes, it’s time to hit one of our favourite Christmas traditions. That, of course, is the humble Christmas market. Not only can you find unique and interesting Christmas gifts but the food and festivities do a great job of bringing on the Christmas Spirit.
Our top picks for Christmas markets are:
- Southbank Winter Festival in London
- Christmas Market in Albert Square in Manchester
- Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
Christmas shopping is the worst but you need to do it and flowers and chocolates from a service station simply won’t cut it. Head to one of the main shopping streets and power through your Christmas shopping (we suggest a list).
After a long afternoon of shopping, there is nothing better than finding a nice cosy bar to put up your aching feet and warm up with a hot chocolate or a mulled wine or two.
Our favourite festive watering holes are:
Evening Activities for your Festive Day
The festivities don’t just stop as the sun sets. If anything the best part of Christmas comes after dark. Start off the evening with a proper Christmas dinner. Nothing beats roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, gravy and stuffing.
For a festive feast to beat the holiday hungries we suggest:
Another classic tradition is going to see the Christmas Lights. It’s cheaps (free) but it can be romantic, walking along the street, arm-in-arm/hand-in-hand, pointing out the pretty lights. Just remember to wrap up warm for your stroll to satisfy everyone’s undeniable magpie-like love for sparkly lights.
Be illuminated at these Christmas light hotspots:
- Regent Street, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street in London
- Albert Square in Manchester
- Victoria Square in Birmingham
Finally, finish off the day at one of the many ice skating rinks around the country. Show off your skills or just glide around the rink at one of these wonderlands of ice:
After the Whistle Punks Festive Spirit Bootcamp if you still aren’t feeling the Christmas Spirit then you may be the Grinch or you may need another round of smashing bulls-eyes and becoming uncomfortably competitive at Whistle Punks.
Not sure if Axe Throwing at Christmas is right for you? Check out what one of our customers had to say about their Christmas Party at Whistle Punks here.