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Things to do during the Christmas break

This Christmas break we have to spend a little more time at home than usual. We gathered some stay-at-home tips for you to enjoy.

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Join an online game-night

We could also use a little bit of at home fun during lockdown, right? Join City Central’s gezellig online game night! You can test your artistic skills in Skribbl.io (like online Pictionary), or have a go at a bunch of random party games in Jackbox!

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Recipes to make at home

Groningen’s most iconic foods are perfect for winter, and we’ve put together recipes for some of the city and province’s traditional treats that you can make yourself at home. No need to brave the grocery store to stock up, either: you probably already have all the ingredients in the cupboard.

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Support local shops

Shops across the country may be closed, but did you know that you can still support your local businesses and artists online? Check out the extensive collection of Groningen-made crafts and treat someone you love (or yourself!) to a cozy blanket, freshly baked breads, sustainable soap or pretty much anything else you can imagine.

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Discover historical Groningen

Explore the city and discover its history from the comfort of your own home with this interactive map that shows the age of every single building in Groningen!

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Order dinner from a local restaurant

Many local restaurants offer take-out or deliver at the moment. Set the table, light some candles and order a romantic dinner at home. In the mood for something else? No problem! You can find an overview of restaurants at Horeca Groningen. Just select if you prefer take-out or delivery, where you live and what kind of cuisine you would like this evening. The website will show you which restaurants match your search best.

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Play an escape room game

What if you really want add some excitement to your Christmas holidays while being at home? There’s a lot of websites where you can buy escape room games for at home. Usually they arrive in a little box or in a big envelope. Blogger Macy recently bought a Crimibox which contained pictures, letters and even a website they could use. It was all very exciting. "You can totally immerse yourself in a story and get to work together as a team with your family or housemates. Channel your inner detective. It is a super fun way to spent your Christmas."

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Watch the Pieterburen livestream

Have a look at the Pieterburen livestream and experience a day in life of the seals and their keepers at the rescue center in Groningen, from playing together to the feeding moment. Tammo the seal is the latest addition to the group, but of course there are many more seals, all of whom have been thoughtfully named, to peek in on.