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The Isle of Wight is renowned for its beautiful clean beaches and stunning nature, but these delights are typically more gratifying in the warmer months when the average temperature on the island is between 20° and 16° Celsius. In the harsher winter months, many islanders eschew the sights in favour of the comfort of central heating at home.

There are numerous options for a warm and cosy night these days, with film marathons and games more readily available than ever before.

Film Marathons at Your Fingertips

Remember the days of trudging through the snow to the rental shop to select videos and then having to painfully make the trip to return them a few days later? The days of risking frostbite for a film are well and truly over and describing them to today’s Netflix generation will result in gobsmacked looks of incredulity. Nowadays, thousands of films are at your fingertips online via various streaming services. These don’t just provide a greater selection, they’re a million times more convenient as well.

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As the nights draw in and you spend more time at home with family over Christmas, you can’t beat a lazy film marathon. Re-watching old classics or seeing your loved ones relish one of your favourites for the first time is a joyous experience, and it can create treasured memories. Some streaming platforms, such as HBO Max, have anticipated viewers’ need for movie binges, and have arranged film series into their own section on the service. You can now see all the Harry Potter offerings there if you fancy a good two-day session. For other options, other brands have the answer. For instance, if you feel like watching all the Pirates of the Caribbean films in one go or venturing on a Star Wars journey, you can see them on Disney+.

Games to Suit all Tastes

Gaming at home is now bigger and better than ever, with accessible options to suit all tastes. You may be the kind of person that likes to take a deep dive into an immersive adventure and feel like you’ve become the character in the story. If winter isn’t for you, it could be a great opportunity to head off to the more agreeable climate of the wild west in Red Dead Redemption 2, a game that will keep you busy for around 60 hours – and that’s just the main story mode. Alternatively, you can jump into a fantasy world filled with monsters and intrigue in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, another title that takes a ridiculously long time to complete.

Some people prefer to pop into games for brief periods, just for a bit of action to lift the mood. There are plenty of options for this type of player as well, many of which can be played alongside others for some much-needed bonding time. Elevate is a cool app for fun brain training exercises, while selections like BombSquad and Hide Online are ideally suited to two players.

Many people turn to casino games as an entertainment option. In the same way that streaming services have usurped rental stores, online casinos offer players a convenient gaming experience. They are integrated with smartphones so payments and deposits are made simple. Indeed, the list of pay by phone casino sites is endless, and they all come with lucrative bonuses. For example, you can receive a 100 per cent deposit match along with free spins at Casino Planet. Console players would be wise to check the PlayStation and Xbox online stores for special offers too — whatever type of gaming you’re into, you’re likely to find mouth-watering deals over the holidays.

Making Hot Drinks to Warm your Insides

To enhance these entertainment options further, it would be lovely to accompany them with some seasonal hot drinks that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Following recipes and making these beverages is also a fantastic way to have fun with friends. Homemade hot chocolate is an all-time classic, and you could try turning up the heat with a pinch of chilli. Another delightful and healthy selection is jasmine and ginger tea, which is a perfect way to clear your airwaves if you have a cold.

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There’s no need to feel downhearted about the cold weather and the lack of outdoor activities throughout winter. With so many options at home, it can be a pleasurable experience spending lazy evenings roasting next to the radiator.

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