Celebrating Christmas solo

Fun and easy ideas for a special day on your own

Will you be celebrating alone this Christmas? Perhaps you’ve no family or close friends nearby and can’t afford to travel. Perhaps you’re divorced and it’s your ex’s turn to have the kids this year. Or perhaps you’ve recently lost the special someone you usually celebrate with.

Whatever the reason, spending Christmas alone can seem a lonely prospect. We’re bombarded with images and messages about Christmas being a time for family and togetherness. But believe it or not, you can make Christmas wonderful even if it’s just you. Some people even choose to!

Here’s 8 ways you can spend a wonderful Christmas on your own

Watch the sun rise

  • There’s nothing more wonderful and soothing to the soul than watching a new day break. And when that day is Christmas Day, its extra special.
  • Get your day off to a wonderful start by setting the alarm and heading to a favourite spot to watch the sun rise.

Enjoy Mother Nature

  • Go for a bushwalk, a swim in the ocean, or a cycle in the countryside.
  • However you choose to enjoy the great outdoors, Christmas Day is the perfect day to take it all in, and appreciate the natural beauty around your local area.

Hog the TV remote

  • If you’re celebrating solo because your kids or family are elsewhere this year, then soak up the solitude and make the most of it!
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet, and the fact that you don’t have to compete for the TV remote or referee any tantrums.
  • Have a stockpile of DVDs or downloaded movies that you’ve been wanting to watch for ages, stock up on the popcorn, and settle in for a day of viewing everything you want to watch!

Eat, drink and be merry

  • Just because you’re eating for one doesn’t mean it’s not worth spoiling yourself. It is Christmas, after all!
  • Whether you fancy a special roast with all the trimmings, or some seafood and salads, be sure to plan a meal of your favourites – and don’t forget dessert!
  • Throw in a bottle of your favourite, and make this one day of the year when you can eat and drink your favourites, guilt-free!

Go to church

  • You might not be religious. That’s ok – you don’t have to be.
  • Christmas is a great time to go to a service at your local church. Take in the sense of community, the songs and banter amongst other locals.
  • If you are craving a little company, this could be a good spot to make a few new friends.


  • Local shelters and charities are often bursting at the seams at Christmas, trying to cater to the many homeless and unfortunate in your area.
  • Why not offer a lending hand for the day, perhaps preparing or serving Christmas lunch, or visiting the sick and lonely?
  • If you are worried you might be feeling lonely yourself, this will help keep you busy and give you a sense of purpose.
  • You’ll feel wonderful about what you’re giving back to your local community.

Do nothing – and enjoy it

  • It’s the one day of the year when you can truly give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing, guilt-free.
  • Take a day off housework, chores, and the everyday mundane.
  • Stay in your PJs all day if your heart desires. And don’t regret a minute!

Keep it to yourself!

  • If you’re spending Christmas alone because you want to – then keep that to yourself!
  • Be vague when people ask what your plans are.
  • Many won’t understand that you’re choosing to spend the day solo because you want to, and will pressure you to join them.