Rochester Christmas Market

Rochester Christmas Market
(Rochester Castle Gardens)

1-2 and 6-9 December 2012

The Rochester Christmas Market will be taking place in the iconic setting of the castle gardens.

Around 70 market stalls under canvas marquees will be offering visitors a wide variety of festive gifts, souvenirs and novelty stocking fillers. During the market festive lighting, decorations, Christmas tree and traditional family fun fair will be complimented by a daily programme of entertainment and music

So pop along to the Rochester Christmas Market this December to soak up some festive atmosphere and enjoy a hog roast, hot chocolate or roasted chestnuts as you browse the wide range of stalls for those last minute gifts and stocking fillers.

• Wide selection of stalls
• Affordable presents
• Stocking fillers
• Santa’s Grotto
• Face-painting
• Christmas family funfair
• Refreshments & Christmas fayre

The Christmas Market will be taking place during the Rochester Dickensian Christmas weekend on Saturday, 1 and Sunday 2 December. It will then continue from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 9 December, 11am to 6.15pm. Visitors should note that High Street entertainment and the parades only take place during the Dickensian Christmas on the first weekend in December.

The Rochester Christmas Market at the castle makes a perfect day-trip out for turkey and tinsel tours. So, if you are touring Kent or passing Rochester en-route to London or the Channel Ports around the 6 to 9 December, then why not include this Christmas market in your itinerary?

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Glasgow Christmas Continental Market

Glasgow Christmas Continental Market … St. Enoch Square

The fabulous setting of St Enoch’s Square sitting in front of the St Enoch’s Shopping Centre is again the venue for this year’s Christmas Market and now that the shopping centre is complete it really is a shopping destination for the discerning in the heart of Scotland’s Commercial capital Glasgow.

This year the market is being organised by market Place who deliver the famous Christmas Markets in Belfast and Newcastle.

The market is a real Global affair with professional traders from as far afield as Ecuador, Russia and one special visitor all the way from Lapland well the Finnish part of Lapland. Mixed with a huge array of traders from around Europe the Glasgow Christmas market will be a real Global affair.

As well as a gourmets delight, customers can while away an hour or two at the wonderful Gluhwein House operated by Markus Kochems from the Mosel valley. Kochems are listed in the top 100 wine producers in the World. As well as the Gluhwein you can also sample some of bavarias favourite beers at the Bavarian bar. Add all the gifts crafts and very unusual presents to buy and you won’t forget your visit to the Glasgow Christmas Market.

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Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys this Christmas

Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys this December to add that extra special magic to your little ones Christmas. Join Father Christmas and his elves for a yummy meal, heaps of fun and if you’ve been good all year a small gift to take home.

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A Victorian Festival of Christmas … Portsmouth

Traditional festive fun at A Victorian Festival of Christmas!
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December 2012

Now, in its 13th year! This family favourite event set in the atmospheric dockyard surroundings, steeped in history, is the perfect way to start your festive season celebrations and preparations!

Be magically transported into a Dickensian-style bygone era of beautiful snowy streets and experience a taste of days gone by with a magic lantern show, Victorian dancing and a host of colourful characters including chimney sweeps, suffragettes, wenches, Victorian gentry and Fagin with his gang of pickpockets.

Browse for unique gifts and festive food at our Christmas Shopping markets, the largest on the South Coast.The young (and young at heart!) will delight in seeing the traditional Father Christmas (dressed in green).

Tickets also include entrance to the Dockyard attractions: HMS Victory, National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Warrior 1860, Action Stations and a boat trip of Portsmouth Harbour (weather permitting)

Buy your tickets before end of October for a 10% discount!
Tickets (with 10% discount before end October): Adults: £13.50, Seniors: £12.60, Children: £11.70, Family: £40.50 (up to 5 people – max 2adults/seniors), under 7s are Free.

For further information and to buy tickets online visit the website:

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Manchester Christmas Market 2012

All you need for Christmas in the heart of Manchester

17 November – 23 December 2012

Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Markets.

Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.

This year the market will be celebrating its 14th year and will take over eight different spaces around the city, each with it’s own distinct character and atmosphere.

The array of over 200 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. Soak up the atmosphere of a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour.

European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags, and top quality bonsai trees, to Dutch cheeses, French breads, and Spanish chorizo. Perfect for alternative gift ideas.

The Christmas markets first arrived in the city in 1998, when the council of Frankfurt hosted a small traditional German market of just 17 stalls in St Ann’s Square.

And with all glasses and mugs returnable as part of an environmentally friendly deposit scheme, your Christmas markets are greener than ever.

For full information visit

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Santa Giveaway Competition … Lakeland Christmas Nativity Advent Crackers

The Big Red Box has these fabulous Lakeland Christmas Nativity Advent Crackers to give away this season!

Count down to a cracking Christmas with these Advent-themed crackers. Start on December 1st and pull a cracker a day; inside each one you’ll find a character from the Nativity. Then, on Christmas Eve, follow the instructions on the box to turn it into a stable so you can recreate the scene in 3D.

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner …. Melissa Peakman of Harrogate, your prize is on its way!


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MUFC Santa Fun Run 2012

Join Ryan Giggs for a festive family day out!

This year’s Santa Run has been confirmed for Sunday 2nd December and The Christie charity is looking for supporters and their families to join in the festive fun and don your best Santa suit to raise vital funds for our cause.

There will be a 2km family fun run starting at 11.30am, this year kicked off by Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs. The fun run is one for all the family as you make your way around the stadium, down the players’ tunnel and along the world famous Old Trafford pitch. This is followed by a Serious Santa’s Run of 5km starting at 12.30pm which takes in some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks including the ImperialWarMuseum and The Lowry before retuning to the stadium to go pitch-side.

On the day, there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family including Manchester United Foundation’s Youth Choir and brass band playing all your favourite festive tunes and you can also visit Santa in his grotto to receive an early Christmas gift!

All for a good Claus!

This year any money you raise will be helping to provide important rehabilitation services for our young patients to enable them to regain independence and help them adjust to their life after a diagnosis of cancer. The money you raise will make a huge difference to patients and their families, so thank you for your support.

Santas at the ready!

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It’s a Wonderful Life … I wanna live again!

All time favourite Christmas Movie clips …. No.9

Magical Santa Letters from The Big Red Box

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Keep the change ya filthy animal …. Home Alone

Top Ten
All time favourite Christmas Movie clips …. No.10

Magical Santa Letters from The Big Red Box

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Santa’s Grotto … Whitehall Garden Centre, Whitchurch

Father Christmas will be in his magical grotto
from Saturday 10th November, then every Friday, Saturday &
Sunday in November and every day in December until Christmas
Eve with Whitehall’s real reindeer ‘Starlight’& ‘Moonbeam’

Santa’s Grotto At Whitehall 2012

So why not bring your children for a special visit at this magical time of year.
Your visit will include Father Christmas reading a story to a group of children and then your child will be able to select a special present from Father Christmas’s toy work shop and will also be given a baby Christmas tree from all of us at Whitehall.

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