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12 Fabulously Festive Things To Do This Christmas While Living Under Level 3 Restrictions

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

12 Fabulously Festive Things To Do This Christmas While Living Under Level 3 Restrictions

Level 3 ain’t stopping us getting into the festive spirit!

Feeling like a bit of a Grinch this Christmas? While landing ourselves in Level Three might suck (it’s better than Level Four that’s for sure), it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the most wonderful time of the year – with a number of events still taking place that are sure to get our spirits up. From classic movies to watch to seriously festive food and drink events, here’s our guide to some of the most Christmassy things to do while living under Level Three rules.

1. Cosy up with a Christmas film

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December is here so Christmas has officially arrived – and we are so ready to get into the festive spirit! Take your pick of some of the newest Christmas film releases such as Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey and Holidate, as well as Christmas classics such as Arthur Christmas and The Holiday. There’s even a whole TV channel dedicated to Christmas to get you feeling festive. So get cosy on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate or something stronger because baby it’s cold outside! Check out our guide to the new Christmas film releases on Netflix here.

2. Go for a stroll around Rouken Glen Park

Rouken Glen Park is one of Glasgow’s best green spaces all year round, but in winter, it has a particular charm to it. Not only is it one of the biggest parks in Glasgow, but you’ll also find winding paths that lead to a beautiful waterfall with trees, possibly with snow on their branches, surrounding it. It’s very picturesque for a stroll and you can even go rollerblading or feed the ducks in the pond. Find out more about parks in and around Glasgow here.

3. Sip festive cocktails and enjoy an online drag show

Enjoy a drag show hosted by the awe-inspiring Jodie Harsh featuring performances from the Pleasure Gardens Drag Queens, with cocktail demonstrations to get everyone ready for the big show. The entire event will take place online and you’ll be sent your Absolut Vodka cocktail kit in advance and filled with boozy surprises to make an Absolut Spiced PassionStar Martini and Absolut Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini. So, if you want to sashay your way to your sofa and watch an amazing drag performance while you sip on a delicious cocktail or two, then book your place now for the Absolut Pleasure Gardens Drag Experience.

4. Pick up a Christmas feast and head out on a winter wander

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Missing the Christmas Markets? Lunch Glasgow where you can indulge on their hangover cure creation that is their gorgeous breakfast wraps all year round. Not only that, but they’ve introduced a special known as the Buble Box especially for the festive season, which includes a buttermilk chicken burger, cranberry sauce, a Camembert puck, stuffing, streaky bacon, gravy, two pigs in blankets, plus stuffing & gravy loaded fries, which is perfect for enjoying while having a stroll through the city. Or maybe park yourself on a bench or take it home, as things could get messy…

5. Support Glasgow’s independent businesses

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Missing the Christmas Markets? Don’t worry as you’ll find unique and perfect gifts for friends and family online, Super Market Events are hosting their own virtual market in the lead up to the big day. From chocolates to ceramics, you’re bound to find something to make your loved ones’ day, and you’ll be helping local businesses too! As you browse the virtual stalls, enjoy a brew or a festive drink because shopping for others requires plenty of fuel, of course. There are even tunes you can play in the background to give you that feeling of being in a real life shop!

6. Look up at the sky to spot Jupiter and Saturn reuniting

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2020 has brought a lot of unusual events, even in the world of astronomy, and this December, Jupiter and Saturn are set to line up together for the first time in nearly 800 years. The two planets have been approaching for months and between December 16 – 25, they will become so close that they’ll form a double planet! It’s a Christmas miracle. During this period, the planets will be separated by less than a quarter of the diameter of the full moon. You only need to head outside to watch this magical event take place!

7. Take part in a gin cocktail and Christmas cracker-making workshop

If you fancy staying inside while we remain in level three, there’s a number of great home activities to try that’ll keep you occupied in the comfort of your own home. And Monkey 47 has provided the perfect Christmas activity for anyone looking to get into the festive mood in the run-up to the Big Man squeezing down the chimney. Hosting two sessions this month, guests can enjoy gin cocktails, while also learning how to create your very own Christmas crackers from scratch. All ingredients, gin and crafts are supplied as part of the workshop, with tickets available to book here.

8. Learn how to make Portuguese Christmas sweets

Been working on your cooking craft? Widen your net with a little bit of culture, and learn how to make some classic Portuguese Christmas treats in your very own kitchen. The two-hour live online experience will guide you through each of the steps – with all the expert guidance from Pastelaria Batalha on how to create perfect Rabanadas, Sonhos and Coscorões/Filhós. Book your place here.

9. Try one of Bristol’s best hot chocolates

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Missing some of the lovely sweet and warming stalls at the markets? There’s plenty of places to pick up a hot drink to takeaway – particularly under level three measures, with a number of amazing spots in town for super indulgent hot chocolates. From those stacked high with so many treats they’re practically puddings, to the establishments that absolutely nail the classic-style hot choccy, our city has it all. Check out our guide here.

10. Make your own mulled wine

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Another great alternative to the Christmas Markets, mulled wine is an incredibly tasty festive treat – and it’s super easy to make, too. All you need is a pan and a hob, and the ingredients which can be picked up from any local supermarket. Most recipes just require you to warm up red wine, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and a touch of sugar or honey to taste – and it’s as easy as popping it all in a saucepan together and simmering on low (with a pan cover) for just 15 minutes.

11. Discover Glasgow’s Christmas lights

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While Christmas will look a little different this year in Glasgow, the city and surrounding areas haven’t scrimped on the festive lights this year, with lights decorating major roads as well as George Square and St Enoch Square. Head out on a trail through the city centre and surrounding areas to see that Christmas has well and truly arrived in Glasgow.

12. Become a cocktail pro and enjoy live music with Martell 

Make yourself a cocktail pro ahead of the festive season and show off your skills to your Christmas bubble with Martell’s upcoming cocktail class, which not only features an expert masterclass with chef chef Max La Manna, but also features a live musical performance to enjoy at the end while you knock back your freshly made drinks. Tickets include a 20cl bottle of Martell as well as everything you’ll need to make the cocktails, as well as access to the live workshop and performance. Martell’s live classes have been super popular since the first lockdown, so you’ll want to snap up your tickets fast for December’s date.