We’re at that time of the year where the invites to nights out become endless. You feel like you have to go out with various friendship groups, family members and colleagues, and, let’s face it, it often ends up in the pub!
While that’s fine for some, albeit quite unhealthy, it’s not ideal for others, particularly for those who are watching how much they drink or have given up drink completely. Many people have these days, with addiction forcing people into the best alcohol and drug rehab clinics to get the help they need. Which means a night in the pub isn’t always the best option.
But what are the alternatives? Well, there are plenty of other great things to do within the local area, so here are a few booze free suggestions to do something different with loved ones this Christmas…
Visit the vibrant markets
We’re going to start with the wholesome, and the many Christmas markets around Warwickshire. Naturally, Stratford-upon-Avon is up there with the best in the country, working your way round the charming stalls on the charming streets.
They’re always full of festive cheer, and while you might have to fight the crowds a little, you can enjoy a festive stroll if you choose the right time.
Enjoy a festive performance
Of course, the theatre is always a good idea at this time of the year, with The Box of Delights and The Fair Maid of the West being performed from now until the end of the year at the RSC.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for panto – oh, yes you are – Aladdin is on at the Playhouse with both matinee and evening performances.
Get stuck into some great food
Just because you’re looking for a booze free evening, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tasty meal with friends. There are some great places for a special meal across Warwickshire, many offering special Christmas menus. So, if you fancy a taste of turkey before the big day, fill your boots.
Be wowed by a Christmas light trail
There are a number of Christmas light trails around the county, but the one many of us visit time and time again is the one at Warwick Castle. It’s always a thrilling experience and a great way to spend the evening, whether it be with friends or family.
There’s something special about wrapping up warm, heading out in the dark and being dazzled by the bright lights. All while the smell of roast chestnuts and hog roasts drift across our noses. It’s a real sensual experience.
Get crafty with a workshop
Finally, this time of year is great for getting crafty with friends. You’ll find tons of workshops put on by local businesses and groups, whether it be making wreaths, baubles or any other decoration. Equally, there are so many others you can enroll on, even making Christmas presents for others, providing a thoughtful gift and lots of fun too. All without even a drop of mulled wine!