Boxing Day revelers were dressed to impress as they ignored the chilly temperatures and the Omicron threat to take to the streets and continue the Christmas celebrations.
Crowds were pictured getting into the party spirit as they marched to bars and clubs in Wigan town center to party the night away in disguise, an annual tradition for the city of Lancashire.
The Boxing Day nightlife tradition, which sees clubbers dressing up and heading to bars centered around the King Street area in the English town, was unable to continue last year due to restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Some of the best looks of the night came from revelers dressed in character-inspired costumes, with one group playing the Super Mario gang while others dressed as Where’s Wally.
Revelers have flocked to bars and clubs in droves ahead of talks with the government today, which could impact New Year’s celebrations if further restrictions are made to control the spread of the Omicron variant.
Restrictions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which took effect yesterday and today, are forcing clubs in these decentralized areas to shut down, in a bid to counter the rapid spread of growing cases of Covid.
The Prime Minister will meet with advisers to determine whether legal restrictions are needed to deal with the Omicron threat.
Downing Street is believed to be leaning towards new guidelines urging the British to be cautious and limit contact – rather than imposing new legally binding restrictions such as table service in pubs or limits on the mix of households.
But that could change if hospitalization data suggests the NHS could be overwhelmed by a wave of coronavirus infections.
Possible restrictions considered by the Prime Minister over the past few days include closing pubs and restaurants inside, reinstating the six-party rule or restricting the number of households meeting inside and limiting capacity during mass events.
Party-goers braved the cold temperatures and Omicron’s threat to pack clubs and bars in England on Boxing Day Pictured: People in fancy dress are seen outside Wigan clubs and bars in a tradition which could not continue last year due to Covid
Pictured: revelers enjoying a fancy dress party in Wigan. Restrictions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are forcing clubs in these decentralized areas to shut down, in a bid to counter the rapid spread of growing cases of Covid Omicron
Pictured: A group of revelers enjoy the annual traditional evening of fancy dress in King Street, Wigan, on Boxing Day
Dressed New: A group of ladies wearing golf dress disguised as part of the Revolution outside tradition in Wigan, Lancs
A few brave revelers make their way to Leeds city center on Boxing Day but the crowds were not at their usual level
The Prime Minister will meet with advisers to determine whether legal restrictions are needed to deal with the Omicron threat. Pictured: Crowds start to gather for Boxing Day celebrations as revelers party ahead of the NYE talks
Party goers in Newcastle city center on Boxing Day evening enjoying the bars and clubs open for business as usual
Despite the inclement weather, revelers were keen to keep the festivities going in Newcastle ahead of potential new curbs this week
Pictured: Revelers are making the most of Boxing Day in Liverpool city center, but many have stayed away amid rising Omicron cases
It all took a bit of trouble for some revelers in Wigan, dressed up as basketball players as part of the annual fancy dress tradition.
While clubs in other parts of the UK were forced to close, revelers in England were able to continue the festivities. Pictured: Wigan
Pictured: People in fancy dress are seen outside King Street clubs in Wigan celebrating Boxing Day last night
Tuck in: A couple of revelers enjoy a kebab after celebrating Boxing Day festivities in King Street, Wigan, last night
Pictured: In Leeds, revelers dressed up and hit downtown bars and clubs on Boxing Day night
Roadblock: A clubber needs a helping hand after finding himself on the road outside a police van in Wigan on Boxing Day
Party-goers brave cold temperatures and the threat of Covid to make their way to the city of downtown Leeds (left) and Wigan (right)
Clubbers are pictured outside the venue in Wigan in disguise, as part of a Boxing Day tradition that was canceled last year
Revelers were pictured en masse outside a club in Leeds city center last night as part of Boxing Day festivities