Here we list the top reasons why the pub is the place to be during the Christmas holidays.
1. You just can't beat a pub fireplace
The best seat in the pub has to be that cosy one by the fireplace. Drinkers do a mini leap for joy when they see it's free and rush to warm their cockles, melting the evening away in their novelty Christmas jumpers.
2. Great way to avoid chores
If you don't want to spend hours cleaning the house, or washing up after guests, just arrange to meet at the pub and soak up the atmosphere – instead of washing-up liquid.
3. Range of wintry cocktails and Christmas drinks
From mulled wine and cider, eggnog, snowballs, to hot toddies to Christmas brews – having something wintry down the pub can make you feel all warm inside – literally.
4. You can watch Boxing Day football in peace
Yes, there is great TV on during the festive period but all some want to do is watch the Boxing Day football without being hassled, without the channel being constantly flicked over to Home Alone, Frozen or a re-run of the Queen's speech.
5. Get to see friends you've not seen in years
If you're going home for Christmas and visit your old local, you're bound to find people doing the same! (Good luck with remembering everyone's names!)
6. The decorations and atmosphere
When visiting a pub in December, you know Christmas is well and truly on! From the trees to the tinsel, where else can you feel as festive while enjoying a glass of fizz?
7. No one is going to judge what you drink
No matter what time or day of the week, if you visit a pub in December you're allowed to drink what you want, when you want (this is where you can can feel sorry for the designated driver!) It's Christmas, after all!