We have entered the busy holiday season, and for many people, this means spending more time with family and friends. But as this time of year involves lots of socializing, planning ahead and arranging some sort of activities can be helpful in ensuring a festive and stress-free time together. Here are some ideas:
Best Ways to Enjoy the Holidays This Year
Whether you like to spend time indoors or outdoors, volunteering or crafting, there is something for everyone on this list. So, turn up the holiday jams and get inspired with this list of seasonal activities.
Indulge in Winter Activities
If you live somewhere where winter means snowfall and chilly days, take advantage of the season and get outdoors! Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling are all fun ways to get outside with friends and family.
Pro tip: Carry a spray bottle of ⅓ water and ⅓ rubbing alcohol to safely defrost your car windows after frolicking in the snow.
Host a THC Mocktail Hour
There are plenty of events where alcohol takes center stage, so why not switch it up with a mocktail hour? No booze doesn’t mean zero fun. In fact, many people are trading alcohol for THC drinks to celebrate the holidays without a hangover. Check out these THC mocktail recipes and host a memorable soiree to enjoy some quality time with friends.
Pro tip: Try freezing cranberries into ice trays to add an extra festive touch to your mocktails.
Ramp Up the Self-Care
With all the hustle and bustle of closing out the year, don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling like there’s no time for that, make it social! Visit a day spa or check out a local hot spring for some water therapy. Invite your friends to a hot yoga class, or take a walk through a community garden.
Pro tip: Self care doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Invite a friend to join!
Volunteer at a Local Organization
Volunteering is fulfilling any time of year, but many organizations can use the extra help during the holidays. Reach out to your local homeless shelters, animal rescues, and retirement homes to see if they could use a helping hand. What better way to spend time with your loved ones than by sharing a little love throughout your community?
Christmas Movie Night
Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie. To decide which one to watch first, have everyone write down their top choice and draw from a hat. Make it extra cozy with a pajamas-only dress code and set up the space with plenty of blankets and pillows for an ultimate lounge night.
Pro tip: Die Hard counts!
Don’t Forget the Dogs
Hardly does a holiday season go by without a bit of baking going on. Don’t forget about your furry friends! Get your friends together to bake dog biscuits for all the furry friends in your lives.
Pro tip: Make extra to donate to your local shelter.
Homemade gifts are so underrated! Host a craft day where you can each make gifts like ornaments or holiday wreaths to give to coworkers, neighbors, or even friends and family. Paint on coffee mugs, decorate picture frames or make hot cocoa kits.
Random Acts of Kindness
The holidays can be tough. Doing something nice for strangers is an easy way to lift your spirits and theirs. Compliment a stranger on their smile. Leave a love note in a random library book. Let someone cut in front of you in line, or buy a drink or ticket for the person behind you. The little things can really go a long way in making someone’s day.
Pro tip: Want to be a hero at the airport during the holiday travel rush? Bring a power strip. You’ll instantly make a bunch of new friends.
Shopping at a Local Art Fair
Instead of indulging in your local big box retailers, spend a day shopping with your friends. Check out your local paper to see what’s happening near you and support artists and makers in your community by shopping for gifts at holiday markets.
Have a Holiday Photoshoot
All you need for a holiday photoshoot is a tripod for your cell phone and a few quality props. Check out an art supply store for holiday-themed decor and set up a mini photoshoot. Think candy canes and Rudolph’s red noses. Get as festive as you like, or come up with your own theme altogether. You can print the photos into a holiday calendar, or just share an album with all of your friends and family.
Pro tip: Use your photos as gift tags!
Grab a Case of Wynk (or two!) for the Festivities.
One thing is guaranteed this holiday season—you’re going to get thirsty. Yep, it’s inevitable. Instead of pouring a glass of wine, why not sip on a seltzer? While you’re at it, stock up on a case of Wynk to offer guests while you plan your next outing. And hey, if that get-together is just catching up over a can of Wynk, we think that’s pretty rad. Happy holidays!