Updated: Jan 9
Tis the season of giving – and being savvy doesn’t mean you should never be less than generous. Especially when it comes to giving presents to yourself and your family! So here’s a guide to some of the savvy deals out there when it comes to staying entertained over the festive season.
No matter how much of a humbug you are, there’s nothing like getting all nostalgic with a classic movie in front of the fire. Sure, you’ve seen it 138 times by now but that’s part of the charm… And besides your brain shouldn’t deal with anything too complicated. This year we’re excited to see what all the mainstream channels have in store – as well as what’s available to stream.
Here’s a list of free/cheap TV deals that you can watch online, through your smart TV or via a streaming device like a Chromecast or Fire TV Stick.
Channel 4’s website and All4 app are easy to use and contain lots of great free box sets like Derry Girls , classic comedy like Inbetweeners as well as movies.
Although the ads can be infuriating, the RTE player is a good way to catch-up on TV that you missed.
Bord Gais customers can get a 1 month free Sky Cinema plus an Entertainment Pass (The Undoing, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos etc) with NowTV.
For some festive sport, get 2 months Sky Sports for price of 1 with NowTV with this offer.
If watching Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart or Gene Wilder again is getting a bit much for you – then it’s time to get stuck into a good book. The long evenings are perfect for book, robe and slippers moments. And let’s face it, this year we could all do with an escape. Check out these great places for unputdownable book deals:
Amazon Prime customers can get one book (ebook) free every month with first reads. At any given moment there are hundreds of other free ebooks (including the Harry Potters right now) and magazines that you can access. See full list here.
The Readly app contains over 5,000 magazines. Revolut customers can get 2 months free access. That’s your Christmas bathroom breaks sorted!
If you would rather have books read out, Three Ireland customers can get a 2 month free Audible trial. Audible contains lots of well-known books in audio-form plus podcasts such as the new Alan Partridge one. If you’re not with Three, you can still get a free 30 day trial by signing up directly.
Want to get the (socially distant) party started without forking out a fortune? These days it’s easy to put together your perfect playlist – and it doesn’t have to cost you… anything really. There are some great music streaming deals out there to get you all rocking around the Christmas tree. In fact of all the deals mentioned on this page – we think these are possibly the best. Spotify – All I want for Christmas is you!
Spotify have a 3 months free Spotify Premium offer (must not have previously used Premium).
Tidal is another great music app. Get 4 months membership for €1 with this offer.
Of all years, Christmas 2020 is going to succeed on it’s ability to entertain ourselves at home. So make the most of what’s on offer in entertainment. Have great one.