In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas Day

Winter weather Dec 24th 2020

With a white Christmas officially recorded, December 25 still managed to rustle up some special moments despite coronavirus restrictions keeping many families apart.

Mid-winter swims around the country proved a bracing beginning to the day for many, while enough snow fell in the North East for some to venture out on new sledges.

Meanwhile, some care homes were able to welcome visitors with rapid coronavirus tests and PPE allowing some families to reunite for the first time since lockdown in March.

In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayActivities co-ordinator Claire Paver (centre) walks with Mary Orme and her son Michael McKimm as they arrive for a Christmas Day visit with their mother and grandmother, Rose McKimm, at Aspen Hill Village care home in Hunslet, Leeds (Danny Lawson/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayChris Mills was able to embraces his mother Carol Roberts during a Christmas Day visit (Danny Lawson/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayAndrew Will and his mother Jean Glenndenning were also dressed in PPE for their visit with her husband Jeff at Aspen Hill where coronavirus tests were carried out before families were allowed to meet (Danny Lawson/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayFour-year-old Archie receives gifts, socially distanced, from his grandparents in Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield (Jacob King/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayA family takes advantage of the Christmas Day snow with a trip out sledging on the hills near Hexham, Northumberland (PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayPolish lorry drivers fashioned a makeshift Christmas tree out of empty Heineken cans at a truck stop near Folkestone, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayJoggers take an early morning Christmas Day run along Tynemouth Beach on the North East coast (Owen Humphreys/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayOthers were braver and took to the North Sea for some bodyboarding (Owen Humphreys/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayIn Birmingham, swimmers leaped into Blackroot Pool at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield (Jacob King/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DaySwimmers make their way out of the sea at Boscombe beach in Dorset after going for a swim at sunrise (Andrew Matthews/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayThe Northumberland town of Hexham woke to a white Christmas (Owen Humphreys/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayDonald and Kim Dallas with their as yet unnamed son who was born at the NHS Lothian birthing centre in Edinburgh at 4.10am weighing 9lbs 2oz (NHS Lothian/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayThe Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives for the Christmas Day service at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DaySwimmers took to the water, despite the Peter Pan Cup, the annual Christmas Day race run by the Serpentine Swimming Club, being cancelled due to the coronavirus restrictions in Tier 4 London (Aaron Chown/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DaySwimmers at Donaghadee, Co Down (Michael McHugh/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayChristmas Day swimmers enter the water in Thorpe Bay, Essex (Victoria Jones/PA)In Pictures: Care home visits, sledging and chilly swims mark Christmas DayA festive skateboarder takes advantage of an empty Oxford Street in London (Aaron Chown/PA)

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