​Driving Home for Christmas: The Itinerary​

We’re making a list, checking it twice...  Before you stick on some Chris Rea and set off homeward for the holidays, there are a few things you might want to tick off your list.

Winter ready

As mild as it may be for this time of the year, you never know what’s waiting around the corner. Avoid a pricey repair bill and make sure you’re prepared by reading our Top 10 Winter Driving Tips.


If you’re not driving alone, the journey ahead is likely to be determined by the dynamic between you and your fellow passengers. Don’t let them dampen your festive spirit and refer to our guide for the types of passengers you might want to avoid: 10 Annoying Passenger Peeves

The Route

“Top to toe in taillights, got red lights on the run. But there’ll soon be a freeway…” which hopefully doesn’t have any roadworks in place. Avoid long delays and map out alternative routes if there are diversions. The Department of Transport were feeling generous coming up for the holidays and decided to lift over 400 miles of roadworks over the Christmas period. Check here to see if you’ve been lucky enough with your route: https://roadworks.org/

The Playlist

Some would say this is the most important item on the itinerary that will truly get you in the mood for driving home for Christmas. Avoid being stuck with the same chart songs overplaying on the radio or Disney’s Frozen soundtrack playing on loop and be prepared with a playlist to get everyone into the festive spirit. Here’s our Christmas compilation:

Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin’ Stevens

Wham! – Last Christmas

Judy Garland - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas

Elton John – Step Into Christmas

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas

Rod Stewart – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Jackson 5 – Frosty The Snowman

Stevie Wonder – Christmastime

Take That – Greatest Day

Leona Lewis – One More Sleep

Idina Menzel – (Disney’s Frozen) Let It Go

Paul McCartney – Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine

East 17 – Stay Another Day

Michael Buble – Silent Night

Mud – Lonely This Christmas

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah