Free ways to celebrate Christmas this year

Holly Hammersmith

Celebrating Christmas doesn't have to mean emptying your bank account. In fact, it's possible to have a free Christmas this year.

Studies show that many people prefer enjoying experiences to giving or receiving gifts. Even millennials are bucking the gift-buying trend — in fact, 72 percent say they would rather enjoy experiences than "stuff" over the course of the next year, according to a study by Harris Poll on behalf of Eventbrite.com.

If you are celebrating Christmas on a budget, check out the following ideas for how to have a free Christmas:

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