It is officially that time of the year! People are beginning to head home, the big day itself is getting closer and there is such a nice atmosphere at the moment! Despite the dissertation deadlines and coursework hand-ins, we have been making an effort to do as many festive things as possible for our last Christmas here in Plymouth! I thought I would share some of the things we’ve been up to.
Illuminate festival, Royal William Yard:
Each year there is a light festival at Royal William Yard called Illuminate. Lots of different artists (some of whom are actually Fine Art students at the university) install light installations around the yard, and this year it went on for a few days with various activities happening too. It was such a nice evening to just have a warm hot chocolate and a wander around to see the yard all lit up.
Beach walks in Exmouth:
We decided to hop on the train one day to explore somewhere new, and Exmouth was a nearby seaside town that was fairly cheap to get to (with a railcard). It was perfect for a cold beach walk, lots of dogs to spot, and a roast dinner afterwards! Getting away from the city for the day always helps my head to completely clear and relax from work too.
Christmas light switch-on:
Every year in the city centre, the Christmas lights get switched on! With some live Christmas music, it always makes me feel really festive as everyone counts down together. There is a light switch on at the Barbican every year too, and a Christmas market in town which sells some amazing food!
Decorating the house:
In a house of 7 girls, let’s be honest we were always going to go all out with the Christmas decorations! With Christmas music blasting out and watching Christmas films with smores afterwards, it always makes the last few weeks of term feel less stressful with Christmassy evenings. Coming home to a Christmas tree and fairy lights everywhere always puts me in a good mood.
Christmas Carol Service:
The Christian Union holds an annual Christmas Carol service at the Methodist Church opposite Drake Circus. Open to everyone, it is a really nice evening and a chance to do something different – and there are mince pies afterwards too!
It has become a tradition every year to have a mini Christmas, with a Christmas dinner, secret Santa and lots of buck’s fizz! It is lovely to celebrate Christmas together before people go their separate ways. This year we went all out and were not disappointed at all! With everyone chipping in, it does not have to cost lots either.
Thank you for reading! There is lots to do at Christmas time here in Plymouth, and it has to be one of my favourite times in the university year. Whether you are heading home for Christmas or staying in Plymouth or travelling further, I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and I look forward to creating new blogs in the New Year!
See you in 2019!