This time of year is all about tradition. We all have our own traditions, within families and friendship groups, but there’s one that many people have in common – fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
But are fireworks just for NYE? Have you ever considered giving Christmas itself some extra sparkle with pyrotechnics? This isn’t as unusual as you may think, as lots of people are starting to shake up their Christmas traditions.
Livening up that post-Christmas dinner slump
Some people love it, the time just after dinner when everyone’s had loads of food and drink and we’re all a bit sleepy. For others, the slump around the TV signals the start of the magic and excitement of Christmas being over too soon.
So, here’s an idea. In between the turkey and your Christmas pudding, why not hold a fireworks display in your back garden? It doesn’t have to be anything complicated or expensive (unless you really want to push the boat out), but it could be amazing. A sky full of sparkles and crackles could be just what you need to blow the cobwebs off, and the kids will absolutely love it. This could be your new Christmas tradition.
Christmas eve fireworks
Whether you want to try this one or not very much depends on whether you have children. If you set fireworks off on Christmas eve, when the kids are already the most excited they’ve ever been all year, you will absolutely never get them to go to sleep.
If you don’t have little ones and you’re instead enjoying a Christmas eve gathering with friends, fireworks can be the perfect way to ring in the start of the holidays. Wrap up warm, grab some sparklers and set off a handful of beautiful fireworks. Just make sure you have enough space to keep fireworks away from any spectators and that you don’t set them off too late as to disturb neighbours (see the tip below).
A note about timings for Christmas fireworks
Remember, Christmas isn’t the same as New Year’s Eve when it comes to local authority rules on when you can set fireworks off. NYE gets special treatment as everyone sets fireworks off at the stroke of midnight, to ring in the start of the new year. On this night, you can use fireworks up to 1am.
However, normal rules apply on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. This means you can’t set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, so make sure you don’t fall foul off the law. It’s also nice to consider the neighbours, who may prefer to have their sleep at Christmas!
Another important thing to remember at this rather boozy time of year is that you shouldn’t go anywhere near fireworks if you’ve had a drink. The person responsible for setting off the fireworks should stay sober, obey all safety instructions and handle fireworks with caution. The last thing anyone wants is a Christmas injury!
If you need help planning your Christmas fireworks, just give the friendly team here at 1st Galaxy Fireworks a call on 0115 8559000.