20 December 2013 by

5 Things To Do This Christmas

Apart from a) having a fight with a family member about religion/politics/a celebrity b) eating too many Cadbury’s Heroes on the sofa c) Hatewatching bits of the Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, here are 5 much more preferable things to do this Christmas...

1) Watch American Hustle

More than the over-hyped Anchorman 2 (soz Ron), we’re mega-hyped to see David O.Russell’s all shimming 70s-set crime caper. Featuring the always brilliant Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and a comb-over sporting Christian Bale, it looks set to ease your Christmas comedown.

2) Squeeze in a last-minute shop

Forget the hassle of Oxford Street and take a trip to St Christopher’s Place. The West-End village is looking suitably festive this time of year and thanks to an eclectic mix of designer and boutique fashion stores - we're talking Reiss, Jigsaw and Mulberry - there's plenty of choice when it comes to last-minute present hunting. And all in one gorgeous space too! In fact, St Christopher’s Place #Festive489 campaign has launched this December which proves you can wrap up your entire Christmas shopping in just 489 steps. Simples. After hitting the shops, why not pop into one of the 25 cosy restaurants located in the buzzing piazza - Ayoush is our personal fave. Harry Styles was even spotted there last week - and if it's good enough for Hazza...

3) Buy Beyonce

If you haven’t already picked up Beyonce’s early Christmas present, what the hell is wrong with you? THE post-Turkey talking point is Yonce’s album concept (perfection V imperfection), how many times she sings about Jay and herself having sex in the kitchen (clue: it's lots) and how amazing the Drake duet Mine is.


4) See American Psycho The Musical

Or ‘Dr Who Goes On A Blood Splattered Bender- WITH SONGS!’ Yes Matt Smith stars as the infamous Patrick Bateman in this postmodern take on Yuppie-dom. The music by Duncan Sheik is faithful to its 80s setting and is by all accounts catchy as…hell.


5) Watch the TOTP Christmas Special

It’s a Christmas tradition isn’t it? Sat in front of the telly with an elderly relative complaining about how ‘there’s no tune’ when, say, Bastille launch into their performance (in that case, they probably do have a point), and you shooting dagger-like stares into the TV set. This year Little Mix, Ellie Goulding and Boyzone (!) are all set to feature.

BBC 1 Christmas Day 2pm


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