I once read a tradition on here about going to the seaside on Christmas Eve and thought it sounded great. We're thinking of going to the North Yorkshire Coast on New Year's Day but worried everything will be closed and it'll be miserable!
Well I grew up on the coast so yes we quite often went for a walk on the beach at Christmas BUT I suspect touristy things in touristy places would be closed. My home town isn't that touristy out with the summer hols so we didn't expect anything to be open iyswim?
When we visit there at Christmas with the kids we still go for a walk though, , it's lovely
We have been to Scarborough on Boxing Day - a walk on the beach followed by fish and chips was great. It was very cold though especially as I got very wet rescuing eighteen month old ds2 from a big wave.
Yes we go on new years day if we are visiting my family & as long as you are wrapped up seriously snug with ear muffs it is very refreshing. My face always looks like I have had a facial, probably because the wind has stripped layers of dead cells off!
Wrap up warm in lots of layers & ear muffs as the wind is biting cold, take a picnic to eat in the car and a flask of hot tea/choc so you are sorted if everything is shut.
I live on the coast and MIL lives by a beach of sorts in a pretty village. DH and I have a tradition if there at Xmas to go out for a walk after dinner sometimes its just the two of us, walks by the sea in the cold all wrapped up warm are seriously pleasurable!