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Online delivery problems sees Christmas shoppers spend two hours fixing them - Wed, 07 Dec 2016

Citizen's Advice has warned that Christmas delivery problems will see the average online shopper face two-and-a-half hours of hassle resolving the pro read more...


Christmas mail to be disrupted by Post Office strike - Wed, 30 Nov 2016

As part of a dispute over branch closures, jobs and pensions, more than 700 managers of Crown Post Offices will strike on Saturday 03 December. This d read more...


All you need to know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday - Wed, 16 Nov 2016

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us will be buying presents for our friends and family. Luckily, the UK’s biggest shopping days are also read more...


John Lewis Christmas advert 2016 expected on Friday - Thu, 10 Nov 2016

This Friday, the hugely-anticipated John Lewis 2016 Christmas advert is expected to debut, with Vaults revealed today as the group behind this year&#1 read more...


Network Rail engineering work set to disrupt Christmas travel - Mon, 31 Oct 2016

Rail passengers are being warned they could face heavy disruption over the Christmas holiday, with Network Rail carrying out major works. Many areas w read more...


The top 20 toys this Christmas - Fri, 28 Oct 2016

Christmas shopping just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the unveiling of the top 20 toys as voted for by kids. 400 children, who were all under 12 y read more...


Royal Mail delivery deadlines for Christmas 2016 post - Tue, 18 Oct 2016

Every year without fail, people ask when the deadline is for posting Christmas cards. Here, we provide you with all the information you need to ensure read more...


Enjoy Christmas dinner in the Hogwarts Great Hall - Wed, 05 Oct 2016

What could be better than a three-course Christmas banquet in the Great Hall of Hogwarts this winter? Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London is bringing t read more...


Christmas Day set to feature a full moon - Mon, 14 Dec 2015

For the first time in 38 years, a full moon is expected to light up the skies on Christmas Day, reaching its peak at 06:11 according to a NASA spokesp read more...


Tech savvy UK set to get Christmas TV online - Fri, 11 Dec 2015

A survey has found that UK residents are more tech-savvy when it comes to watching TV compared to other developed nations. In a large survey which inc read more...


Deliveries during Christmas period could be delayed - Tue, 08 Dec 2015

A staff shortage, particularly of drivers, could result in a "sad" Christmas, with deliveries being delayed and shops facing shortages. The Recruitmen read more...


Christmas lights could slow broadband speeds - Tue, 01 Dec 2015

The regulator Ofcom has issued a warning that Christmas tree lights may cause slower Wi-Fi, as it released an app which can check for issues with the read more...


Cyber safety warnings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday - Fri, 27 Nov 2015

It is Black Friday, and all the bargain hunters have been tackling the shops and online stores to get their hands on the best deals on the run up to C read more...


Cinemas refuse to screen prayer advert by the Church of England - Mon, 23 Nov 2015

The three leading cinema chains in the UK have refused to screen an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer, due to its religious content, in the run-up to read more...


Where to get the cheapest Christmas dinner this year - Fri, 20 Nov 2015

If you want to put on a traditional Christmas dinner for cheaper, than Iceland is place to go, according to research by the Good Housekeeping Institut read more...


Shops pay 10p to charity for each pack of Christmas cards sold - Mon, 16 Nov 2015

There are some retailers paying just 10p to charity for each pack of Christmas cards they sell, the consumer group Which? has revealed. This comes aft read more...


Mog the Cat returns for Sainsburys Christmas advert - Fri, 13 Nov 2015

Mog the Cat, originally created by Judith Kerr, has made a surprise comeback this year in Sainsbury's Christmas advert, as the war over the ad breaks read more...


Christmas Light Lover Pranked by Husband - Wed, 18 Dec 2013

One man in Spondon, Derby, needs to watch out as his wife threatens revenge for a Christmas prank he pulled on her. Trevor Hempell sent his wife, Sand read more...


Winter Wonderland Cancelled in Milton Keynes - Mon, 16 Dec 2013

A Winter Wonderland event in Milton Keynes has been cancelled this weekend after a social media backlash critiqued it to closure. Parents were very up read more...


Costa Coffee Bans Classic Christmas Song - Thu, 12 Dec 2013

Costa Coffee has banned Cliff Richard's classic Christmas track 'Mistletoe and Wine' from its stores, after finding it was the most hated Christmas tr read more...


The Big Reunions Christmas Text Santa Charity Single is Here - Wed, 04 Dec 2013

Christmas playlists were changed forever by Wizzard's 1974 single 'I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday' and it is near impossible to get through the read more...


Black Friday Chaos - Mon, 02 Dec 2013

Black Friday hit the UK on the 29th and hit with all the passion and drive that it is infamous for from its US origins. Violence broke out in shops as read more...


Christmas Tree Life Achievement - Thu, 28 Nov 2013

Christmas isn't just in December, it's all year round for Ivor Dungey, who was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the British Christmas Tr read more...


Prince William Rocks Out On Stage With Bon Jovi at Charity Gala - Wed, 27 Nov 2013

Once again, Prince William has won the hearts of the nation by leaping on-stage to sing with rock legend Bon Jovi at the Centrepoint charity Gala. Bei read more...


Christmas Light Fanatics Steal Back Their World Record - Mon, 25 Nov 2013

A Guinness World Record has been stolen back by a family in Canberra, Australia for having the most Christmas lights around their home. Having first w read more...


Festive Home Heating - Wed, 20 Nov 2013

If you are struggling to pay the bills this month, maybe you could think outside the box to heat your homes. This is what Darrel Piper has done. the r read more...


Making a Childs Christmas by Giving Them a Life - Mon, 18 Nov 2013

The Telegraph's Christmas Charity appeal this year is for a hospital that has been set up in Malawi, which specifically aims to help children who need read more...


Jessie J lights up Oxford Street at Selfridges following UK Tour - Thu, 14 Nov 2013

Jessie J finished her mammoth UK tour and leapt onstage to perform at Oxford Street before turning on the Christmas lights. Facing her fears and perfo read more...


Christmas Cards for Charity - Tue, 12 Nov 2013

A small collective of illustrators in Norwich have designed six different Christmas cards that can be purchased with all the proceeds going to the Ham read more...


Archbishop of Canterbury Warns Against Consumerism - Mon, 11 Nov 2013

The Most Rev Justin Welby spoke out against the consumerist lifestyle that sucks us all in on the run-up to Christmas. In an ITV interview to be aired read more...


The Christmas number one race has already started - Wed, 16 Oct 2013

Today is a big day for Jack Topping, an 11 year old choirboy from Astley, who is releasing a charity single called ‘Tomorrow’ and hoping for read more...


Dear Santa Letters help Children in Need - Fri, 07 Dec 2012

Many hundreds of thousands of Dear Santa letters have amassed in New York City’s main post office. They tell of sad, moving stories of children w read more...


Christmas Wish List for Santa Claus - Wed, 28 Nov 2012

So what do we buy for our children for Christmas? It is that time of year when we need to consider what we get our children for Christmas . A smartph read more...


Visit from Santa Proves Costly to Christmas Consumers - Thu, 22 Nov 2012

Santa's visit can prove costly for Christmas consumers. The average consumer is going to spend £445 on Christmas day 2012 . The average spend has read more...


Tech Toys To Dominate Kids Christmas Wish List - Wed, 03 Oct 2012

The toys tipped to top the best-selling list for Christmas 2012 have been revealed by retailer Toys R Us. Based on both customer requests and the late read more...


Women Are Too Fussy About Christmas, Say Men - Tue, 13 Dec 2011

One in three men think women make too much fuss about celebrating Christmas, a new study suggests. Red Tractor Beef and Lamb polled 2,000 men on festi read more...


Mega Christmas Lights Display Helps Raise Money For Charity - Thu, 08 Dec 2011

A man in Somerset has turned a quite street n the small town of Wells into a sparkling festive attraction. Manning Close has once again become one of read more...


White Xmas On The Cards - Mon, 05 Dec 2011

Britons hoping for another traditional white Christmas will not be disappointed this year, with weather forecasters expecting much of the UK to be cov read more...


Berwick schoolgirl Christmas card design voted the best - Thu, 01 Dec 2011

A schoolgirl from Northumberland is to have her artwork featured on a Christmas card after winning a national competition. Annabel Tyser beat compet read more...


Brits Favourite Christmas Movies Revealed - Tue, 29 Nov 2011

It's A Wonderful Life has been crowned Britonsí number one Christmas film of all time. An online poll, carried out by Radio Times, asked people to pic read more...


UKs Biggest Christmas Tree Festival Underway In Desborough - Fri, 25 Nov 2011

A Christmas Tree Festival got underway today in the small village of Desborough in Northamptonshire, giving locals the chance to get into the festive read more...


Top Home Entertainment Gifts For Christmas Revealed - Tue, 22 Nov 2011

Michael Bubleís ĎChristmasí album, Call of Duty Ė Modern Warfare 3 and The Lion King (Diamond Edition) are expected to be among the best-selling enter read more...


Royal Mail Launches Nativity-Themed Stamps For Christmas - Wed, 16 Nov 2011

A new range of stamps featuring scenes from the birth of Jesus have been launched by Royal Mail to celebrate the upcoming festive season. Seven stamps read more...


Essex Town Preparing for Christmas Lights Switch-on - Mon, 14 Nov 2011

Residents of Brentwood in Essex will build up to the annual Christmas lights switch-on event with a day of festive season fun and entertainment. On Sa read more...


Celebs Kick Off Christmas In Regent Street - Wed, 09 Nov 2011

The Christmas lights in Londonís famous Regent Street were turned on last night in a star-studded event to celebrate the start of the festive season a read more...


Enjoy A Christmas Break With Santa In Lapland - Wed, 19 Oct 2011

Laplandbargains.co.uk, the leading Lapland travel website, has launched its 2011 and winter tour packages, offering Brits the chance to experience a s read more...


Best Christmas Tree of 2011 To Stand Outside 10 Downing Street - Thu, 13 Oct 2011

One lucky Christmas tree grower will have their tree placed outside Number 10 Downing Street during the festive season as part of an annual competitio read more...


Christmas Carol Competition Gets Underway - Tue, 11 Oct 2011

Children in the small town of Epworth in North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to showcase their writing skills by entering a Christmas Carol compet read more...


Must Have Toys For Christmas 2011 Revealed - Thu, 06 Oct 2011

The toys predicted to be the biggest hits with kids this Christmas have been revealed by Toys R Us Ė Britainís greatest toy store. To help parents nar read more...


Letters from Santa open for 2010 - Tue, 28 Sep 2010

Order your letters from Santa for 2010 - Santa Mail is open. Christmas 2009 was a great success, with over 6,000 customers - over 11% more than in 200 read more...


Letters to Santa see Transformers at top of wish list - Mon, 12 Oct 2009

Transformers, the toys that first made their Christmas appearance in 1985, are set to be at the top of most children's letters to Santa this year. Acc read more...


Order letters from Santa for 2009 - Thu, 01 Oct 2009

Santa Mail has opened it's virtual doors for 2009 today, with new and updated letters, certificate, texts and bundle packs. Last Christmas was our bus read more...


Over 7,000 Santa's Run For Charity in Liverpool - Tue, 09 Dec 2008

Residents in Liverpool hoping to see Santa were treated to more than 7,000 as runners dressed as Father Christmas took to the city streets for the ann read more...


Santa Attacked In Lapland Theme Park Fiasco - Fri, 05 Dec 2008

A Christmas Lapland style attraction in Dorset has closed down permanently following complaints by disgruntled visitors. Trading Standards said it has read more...


Santa And Co Bring Festive Cheer To Birmingham - Tue, 25 Nov 2008

Thousands of people from the West Midlands made their way to the centre of Birmingham on Sunday as Santa and his reindeer arrived for the city’s read more...


GBP9m Hospital Toys Donation Made By Secret Santa - Tue, 18 Nov 2008

Christmas has come early for children in Britain’s hospitals thanks to a mystery Santa . More than £9million-worth of Christmas toys has bee read more...


Scunthorpe Santa Run To Raise Money For Xmas Charity - Tue, 11 Nov 2008

The residents of Scunthorpe can play their part in helping raise funds for a Christmas charity by taking part in next month’s Santa Run. On Decem read more...


Crowds gather to see McFly switch on Christmas lights - Fri, 07 Nov 2008

Pop stars McFly had the honour of switching on this years Christmas lights in Londonís Regent Street to the delight of over 50,000 people. The lights read more...


Santas Grotto has a new setting - a dungeon - Tue, 28 Oct 2008

This year will see traditional Santaís Grotto being challenged by a rival, Satanís Grotto at Edinburgh Castle . Although bosses are pleased to be offe read more...


Santa Mail breaks Christmas records and opens for 2008 - Wed, 17 Sep 2008

Santa Mail has today opened for orders 2008. The 4 favourite Christmas letters that have been on sale since 2005 are still available, along with the F read more...


Play Radio Launches Xmas Station For Festive Favourites - Fri, 23 Nov 2007

UK radio station Play Radio has launched its festive music station - Play Xmas UK . The online-only stream, which is back due to popular demand after read more...


Best Western Launch Festive Search For Home Town Of Santa - Wed, 14 Nov 2007

UK hotel chain Best Western has launched a search to find the official UK home of Santa Claus . The search for the ‘best tinsel towns in the cou read more...


Xmas Gift And Party Guides From InStyle - Fri, 09 Nov 2007

Media and celebrity site InStyle.co.uk has unveiled its preparations for the upcoming festive period with an online Christmas gift and party Guide . T read more...


A celebrity show for Christmas - Fri, 02 Nov 2007

Although Christmas still feels a long way off, the bosses at ITV are cleverly giving snippets of information about how we will be entertained over Chr read more...


Christmas Magic at the NEC - Wed, 24 Oct 2007

This years Christmas show at the NEC, The Magic of Christmas, is an enchanting family adventure, with plenty of snow and sparkle, in a magical land. T read more...


Christmas Toy Warning from Woolworths - Thu, 18 Oct 2007

There may be a shortage of toys this Christmas warns Woolworths . The reason for the shortages is due to stringent checks on shipments being imported read more...


Santa Mail open for 2007 - Thu, 04 Oct 2007

Santa Mail has opened for 2007 today, with the launch of several new products to bring even more festive cheer to children! The 4 letters we've had on read more...


UK parents will spend a billion pounds on Christmas presents this year - Thu, 17 Nov 2005

Research by Churchill Home Insurance has shown that children in the UK will receive £1.4 billion worth of presents this Christmas. A breakdown of this read more...


Flu fear: No Turkey this Christmas - Tue, 01 Nov 2005

Supermarkets raised the prospect that Turkey could be off the menu this Christmas and they were looking at how to source extra supplies of beef and la read more...


The Tradition of Christmas - Thu, 27 Oct 2005

Very few homes in the 21st Century escape from the phenomenon of having decorations at Christmas time. In December many people decorate their homes, e read more...


Face of Father Christmas - Thu, 20 Oct 2005

Father Christmas or Santa Claus has become the human face of Christmas. Pictures will be seen everywhere of the old man with a long white beard, red c read more...


The man who cracked the cracker - Wed, 19 Oct 2005

A Londoner called Tom Smith noticed while in Paris how sweets were wrapped in colourful paper. After coming back to London, Tom decided to try out hi read more...


Oxfam launches online Christmas shop - Wed, 12 Oct 2005

Oxfam has launched a new service online promoting Christmas gifts and products. The website www.oxfam.org.uk/gifts shows the range of gifts, decoratio read more...


History of the Christmas tree - Fri, 16 Sep 2005

A Christmas tree is one the most recognizable images of the festive season, so where did it come from? Trees at Christmas can be traced back to 700 AD read more...


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