Whether you’re alone on Christmas, don’t celebrate the holiday or just need to escape your relatives for a few hours, there are plenty of things to do on December 25th to pleasantly pass the time. We’ve highlighted five simple activities you can take part in that don’t require much effort or money. Cheers to surviving the holiday season!
1. Watch the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special
It’s cold outside, but things will heat up on Doctor Who
‘s annual Christmas episode, which airs at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America. Two reasons to tune in: A thrilling trailer
for the special reveals a barrage of monsters (Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels and The Silence); plus, the Doctor will regenerate from Matt Smith into Peter Capaldi at the end of the episode.
2. Listen to the Most-Streamed Holiday Music
The time has come to play the perennial holiday favorites — Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby
and Andy Williams
— but don’t forget the season’s hottest crooners on streaming-music services, including Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson
and Leona Lewis
. Over on Spotify
, the top 10 most-streamed Christmas songs list is dominated by Bublé, who owns nine of the spots, while Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” ranks at No. 2.
3. Check Out Netflix’s New Series for Kids
Netflix’s Turbo FAST
, a racing-themed animated comedy from DreamWorks, premieres on December 24th in time for some Christmas Day binge-watching. It is the streaming service’s first original series for kids. Five episodes from the series, which continues the tale from the Turbo movie, will be available right away, with more episodes premiering in 2014. Watch the trailer here
4. Go to the Movies
Cozy up at your local cinema with any of the Christmas Day arrivals, including Ben Stiller’s fantasy drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(above); Leonardo DiCaprio
‘s black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street
; Sylvester Stallone
and Robert De Niro
‘s boxing comedy Grudge Match
; the star-studded dramedy August: Osage County
; Keanu Reeves
‘ samurai action flick 47 Ronin
; and Mark Wahlberg
‘s war drama Lone Survivor
. Surf over to Fandango
to browse your local show times.
5. Stay Put and Watch ‘A Christmas Story’
TBS never wants you to forget that Ralphie wants ‘an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!’ The TV network will be airing the 1983 holiday classic movie A Christmas Story all day on December 25th because, you know, it’s tradition to watch this film at least once every year. We’re sure you’ll have 98 minutes to spare. Aside from TBS, you can rent or buy the movie on Amazon Instant Video