If you're anything like me and you love to celebrate the holidays, you always want to use it to your advantage. I found though that once I moved to the city, it was a bit more of a challenge to try to do holiday-like things while on my own. Over the last three years, I've learned the different things to do in my city, and what you can do for yours while still celebrating that festive spirit!
1. Christmas Market
Most major cities offer Christmas markets or holiday shops. It's the perfect spot to find a gift, see the little ma and pa shops, or even just view the lights.
2. Ice Skating
If you really want to get outside this year, why not make a trip to go ice skating? Downtown/city halls usually host rinks, and if you don't have your own pair of skates, you can always rent them there too! Convenience!
Christmas is also alternatively titled Fatmas. Because FOOD. Whether you're an expert baker or just using the Pillsbury mix, Christmas snacks and delicacies are always a must.
4. Christmas Music
Whether you like to hear it or not, Christmas music is alive and well during the holidays. While some versions are incredibly annoying, and if you're like me and work retail, hearing it all day can be terrible. But, if you have a certain Christmas album that you love, it's perfect to own. One of my favourites is James Taylor's. Not only are their Christmas songs included, but also covers of Joni Mitchell's River and The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun! I just got my copy on vinyl and I can't wait to spin it soon.
5. Light Watching
Sometimes just going for a walk in the suburbs is a great way to view some of the amazing holiday lights. Some houses like to go all out each year with massive light displays, glowing snow men, or lights wrapped around their trees. Seeing the different and creative ideas around your neighbourhood is just a generally fun past time.