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How To Have A Christmas Night Out On A Budget

Cicely McFarlane November 21, 2022

Christmas is one of the most social times of the year, even with a colder weather and darker evenings. This also means that it can be one of the most expensive. Never wanting to say no to plan can have huge effects on your bank account. But this is how you can enjoy a Christmas night out on a budget.

Remember, the more pennies you save, the more can go towards a certain present for someone or, of course, your savings account.

You don’t want to have worked for an entire year to spend all your savings at Christmas. However, you still want to enjoy yourself as much as possible with friends and family.

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Christmas Lights

Christmas lights turn-on events are a free yet exciting evening out for all and great for a night out on a budget.

This will get you in the Christmas mood without spending a penny, as you can watch the celebrations, parades, and Christmas countdown as your local town or city turn on their Christmas lights.

In London, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, and Oxford Street all have their lights already switched on.

Go on Google and see if there are charities that are setting up Christmas lights around you. This could include a house that has completely covered itself with Christmas lights in order to raise awareness or money for a certain charity.

These are usually drive-by events and can provide a really good feeling whily also contributing to a worthwhile cause.

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Free Winter Wonderland

Entry to this festive market is completely free, which means that you can budget how much you wish to spend and where.

It could, however, mean taking some of your own warm drinks with you, so you don’t break the bank at the bar.

Maybe limit yourself to investing in only one mulled wine. Sitting down in the cosy environment with all the festive lights around you can make for a really lovely evening.

Browse Don’t Shop!

Shops such as Selfridges and Harrods have some truly amazing Christmas displays that everyone should try to see!

This doesn’t mean that you need to buy anything extravagant, or anything at all for that matter.

However, having a day browsing in this aesthetically pleasing environment can make for a really lovely day for all.

You could even combine all of these events I have mentioned above, and go to the shops to browse, followed by winter Wonderland for a drink or two, and then end the evening by watching a Christmas lights turn on.

Rest assured you will feel in the Christmas spirit after partaking in one, if not all, of these events.

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My name is Cicely McFarlane and I am from South East London. I am currently in my 4th year at Cardiff University studying a Journalism, Media and Communications masters. I have loved writing from a young age and have written for my student magazine and newspaper, which is why I am very excited to be part of Freshered.