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5 Christmassy things to do in tier 2

It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say 2020 has not been the best year. I could bore you to death with the facts about it and we could collectively grumble about how bad it’s been, but we all know that’s a waste of energy.

Instead of being upset about what we’ve missed out on this year, we need to be grateful for what we can still do- especially since it’s currently the most wonderful time of the year.

So, dismiss that inner Grinch and get excited about these 5 cool Christmas activities that you can still do in tier 2.

1. Go to the Movies

During the national lockdown, cinemas, like every other business, were forced to close their doors. But because Cumbria is in tier 2, cinemas are allowed to reopen (with Covid safe guidelines) just in time to reignite your Christmas spirit. Our local independent theatre- The Plaza Cinema- is showing an array of Christmas classics bound to turn you from Scrooge to Buddy the Elf. So why not take your family out to enjoy a classic Christmas film and feel good about supporting a local business at the same time too.

2. A Christmas Pantomime

Seeing a pantomime is, to many, a Christmas tradition. Luckily, this year the tradition doesn’t need to be broken! The Sands Centre in Carlisle is showing a socially distant Beauty and the Beast from the 18th to 24th of December- making this activity a perfect family outing. This exciting panto stars Cumbria's own Britain’s Got Talent winner- Matt Pagan- alongside CFM's own Robbie Dee. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit and support Cumbria's local arts scene.

3. A Christmas Walk

One of the perks of being in the Lake District is the stunning scenery, that can be enjoyed year-round. But why not give your walk a Christmassy twist by wandering around your local area trying to find your towns best light display? See who your local Griswald's are, but make sure you wrap up warm! A flask of hot chocolate always helps too, you could even stop by Costa for a Christmas cake or biscuit! Be sure to tag us @hollrsite in any pictures you take while on your Christmas walks.

4. A Christmas Escape

Workington's Lakes Escapes is holding a special Christmas themed escape room over the holiday period! 'Who Stole Christmas?' will have you and your social bubble working to figure out who stole the presents from under the Christmas tree. You have 60 minutes to work out who the Grinch is. Do you think you have what it takes? Escape rooms are a fun and challenging way to bond with your social bubble over Christmas. And don’t worry- government guidelines are carefully followed to keep you safe!

5. Christmas Shopping

During tier 2, all business on the high street remain open- which gives you a perfect opportunity to support our local businesses by buying your Christmas gifts from Cumbrian owned shops. Find unique items from small businesses that your loved ones will no doubt adore! And while you do it, you can feel confident in the fact you’re doing your part to save the high street.

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