This Christmas is like no other – the continuing lockdown will make it more difficult than ever before for families to get together and it’s looking like international air travel is a no-go, meaning relatives in different countries will be missing from the festivities this year.
But that doesn’t mean family members can’t spend time together. With the advent of reliable, high quality video calling networks such as Zoom, it’s easier than it has ever been for friends and families to enjoy time together in a socially distanced manner.
There has been a huge focus recently on online activities, especially as the winter months have arrived and the idea of outdoor dining has been shelved until the spring. One popular pursuit recently has been online casinos (indeed here is a list of top casino sites compared).
There are plenty of other fun online activities as well for people to indulge in over the Christmas period, and here are a few of the most popular.
Visit a Museum
It may sound crazy, but from the comfort of your own home you can take part in virtual tours of museums the world over.
Many of the world’s best known museums now offer such a service, including The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art New York.
There are some amazing historic sights and attractions also offering virtual tours, such as The Vatican and and the Taj Mahal (yes, really!).
Closer to home, the Chester Beatty (regularly described as one of the finest museums in Europe) has 3d virtual tours, as does the Natural History Museum and the world-famous Trinity Long Room.
Watch a Concert
There’s no denying that the live music industry has been heavily impacted by COVID, but where there’s a will there’s a way and many great artists, groups, orchestras and more are working hard to get their music out there in creative ways. Many artists are running livestreams over the coming months which can be played back afterwards, while others are releasing professionally edited concerts from recent years for free on platforms such as YouTube and Spotify.
The New York Metropolitan Opera is running nightly streams, while the Berliner Philharmoniker has live and on-demand streams for fans to enjoy. The latter is also offering a free DVD or Blu-ray right now with every 12 month ticket purchased.
Take Part in a Webinar
One of the best things to come out of 2020 is that there is certainly no shortage of exciting, engaging things to watch right now. This year has seen the exponential rise in the webinar, and consumer appetite shows no signs of slowing.
There are webinars, talks, lectures, and discussions for virtually everything right now, and dedicated platforms for it.
From talks on business to creativity, mindfulness to sports, there’s something for everyone right now.
Take Part in a Virtual Bake-Off
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest television hits this year has been the Great British Bake-Off, and new co-host Matt Lucas has been an international hit. But why not take it a step further and organise a virtual bake-off between yourself and your friends and family? Choose a recipe (as easy or difficult as you like – you decide!), set the ingredients, and have everyone virtually assemble at the same time on the same day to take part in a baking competition. Show off your flair and creativity while enjoying a baked treat!
Host a Screening or a Quiz
Festive movies are always high on the watch list during Christmas, and there’s no reason you can’t still gather around the TV and enjoy Die Hard with those who mean most to you. Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime all have huge film collections and there are a myriad of ways to watch together, remotely!
Quizzes, meanwhile, have become hugely popular in recent months and there will no doubt be a spike in groups enjoying Christmas-themed quizzes this December. There are several popular websites offering fantastic quiz experiences for free or a small fee, and if you feel like it you can even build your own quiz to entertain family members with. You could even organise a prize for the winner, to be posted out in the days afterwards.