DRINKERS in Tier 2 areas flocked to pubs and bars last night for a very merry Christmas Eve night out.
Festive boozers braved the cold in Liverpool and York – as millions down South rang in Christmas Day indoors due to Covid restrictions.
Boozers in festive outfits get into the Christmas spirit in York city centre last nightCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Three pals pose for a picture on a night out in Liverpool city centreCredit: David Nelson
A pal laughs as he carries a friend down the road in York Credit: NB PRESS LTD
Two pals pose for a picture on a festive night out in Liverpool city centreCredit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/News Images
Hospitality venues remain open in Tier 2 areas – but Brits must order a substantial meal alongside drinks and cannot mix with another household indoors.
Revellers in the North swapped Tiers for beers after a long year of lockdowns, self-isolation and travel bans.
But some boozers in York had one too many as a woman was pictured being carried along the street by laughing pals.
Others posed in wacky festive outfits, including one woman who dressed up as a Christmas Tree.
And Brits made sure to stay Covid-secure during the festive night out by donning face masks alongside Santa hats.
Meanwhile, Londoners put their feet up for a long night in front of the TV after all hospitality venues were shut amid a huge surge in cases this month.
Large swathes of the North, including Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds, were also unable to enjoy a festive night out after being stuck in Tier 3.
Revellers hit the town in Liverpool, which is in Tier 2 with bars and restaurants openCredit: Ioannis Alexopoulos/News Images
Boozers ignored the 11pm curfew to grab pre-Xmas drinks in York city centreCredit: NB PRESS LTD
One boozer in Liverpool is seen dressed up as a bull for their Christmas Eve night out Credit: David Nelson
One drinker stays Covid-secure with a Santa hat and face maskCredit: NB PRESS LTD
It comes as pubs face their quietest ever Christmas.
The Sun reported this week that 38 million fewer pints and 5 million fewer dinners would be sold from the 23rd until Boxing Day.
Just 3 million pints and 1 million dinners will be served in Britain’s pubs, the British Beer & Pub Association said.
On a normal Christmas, it would usually expect 41million pints and 6million Christmas dinners to be served.
On Christmas Day alone, a key trading day for pubs, just 260,000 Christmas dinners and 700,000 pints will be served.
Brits donned wacky festive outfits, including one dressed as a Christmas treeCredit: NB PRESS LTD
A copper looks on as a boozer runs away with a bottle of beer in handCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Pub bosses said the stark figures show what impact the Government’s tier restrictions are having on pubs, strangling their ability to trade as viable businesses and survive.
It also said it highlighted how Christmas just won’t be the same for many people this year as they won’t be visiting their local to celebrate it.
It all got too much for one boozer in York as they fell to the groundCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Drinkers in York were delighted to be able to head out, as Brits in the South spent Christmas Eve indoorsCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Drinkers enjoy a pint at the Kings Arms public house in Torpoint, Cornwall earlier todayCredit: Neil Hope – The Sun