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Michelle Heaton

Christmas comes early to the Heaton household

17 Gift guide: Her

Perfect for treating your loved ones. Or yourself!

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21 Gift guide: Him

Ideas for the tricky-tobuy-for man in your life

39 Fashion & beauty

Essentials to take you from desk to dancefloor

27 Gift guide: Kids

41 Festive days out

32 Gift guide: Premium

47 Festive feed-up

35 Christmas travel

52 Christmas hacks

Bring a smile to their faces on Christmas Day Gifts for that very special someone

There's still time to enjoy a Chrismas abroad

Take your kids out and get into the Christmas spirit Eat, drink and be merry Then eat some more! Tips and tricks to make the holidays stress-free

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It’s not often (actually, EVER) I find myself hoovering a celebrity’s stairs – but that’s exactly what I did at our Christmas photoshoot with Michelle Heaton and her family. One minute I was helping to vacuum up tinsel, the next I was having an in-depth chat with Michelle on all things festive. As a self-confessed fitness addict, does she live on a diet of steamed salmon and veggies come Christmas Day – or is it all goose fat roasties and pigs in blankets, washed down with a mix of Champagne and mulled wine? Find out in our exclusive interview on page 6. We’ve also been busy sourcing the best presents for the whole family in our festive gift guide (p17), as well as finding out where to spot the celebs this Christmas, be it starring in panto or making a visit to see Mr Claus himself (p41). All that plus party fashion and beauty, festive food and drink and a quick chat with Lauren Pope, who’s looking forward to another TOWIE Christmas (p62). Have a lovely time planning your perfect Christmas and we’ll see you early January for our New Year issue…

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Michelle Heaton AT HOME FOR

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

CHRISTMAS WITH HER FAMILY

The pop star and actress talks exclusively to Celebrity Secrets about turkey, tinsel – and why she puts her tree up in late November Interview by Claire Muffett-Reece

THE SECOND THE Celebrity Secrets crew walk in through Michelle Heaton’s front door we’re warmly welcomed by the singer, who’s boiled the kettle and laid out tea, coffee and plates of biscuits for us to dig in to. Her home in a leafy suburb just outside the M25 is remarkably quiet for a family shoot – until we realise husband Hugh has taken the kids out for an hour so we can set up undisturbed. “Move around whatever you need,” she smiles, watching remarkably calmly as we tip over her brand new sofas to make space for a Christmas tree and all our equipment. Popping upstairs to do her own hair and make-up – “I do it alright myself so what’s the point paying for someone?” – we’re left to have a wander around her lovely home. You’d never guess you were in the house of a celebrity, with family drawings on the fridge by daughter Faith, five, and toy cars on the floor from son AJ, three – until you come across her Brit and Disney Celebrity Mum of the Year awards… So Christmas has come quite early in the Michelle Heaton house… “It’s crazy celebrating in November, I know! I’m so busy with panto this year and I only get Christmas Day off, so we thought it would be nice to celebrate twice – once now and once on the day itself. Today’s going to be so much fun for the kids, and it’s nice to know they’ll get to do it all over again next month.”

Are you looking forward to being back in your part of their own Christmas routine. They get excited asking who I’ll play and whether home town of Newcastle? they’ll get to meet a real Princess again, so I “Yes, it’s amazing being able to perform there. firmly believe I’m not taking anything away I’m going to stay with my mum while I’m up from their Christmas – in fact I’m adding to it.” North – and have lots of other places I can crash if we wind each other up! Hugh’s staying at home with the kids as he has a full-time job, So what’s on the agenda with your November Christmas at home? and Faith and AJ have school and pre-school. “I’m going to relax – eat, drink and be merry! Over the holidays he’s taking them to Ireland Usually I’d be cooking and rushing around, so for a week to see his family, and they’ll be we’ve actually hired a company for the day, coming to see me for a week as well.” La Belle Assiette, who are busy in the kitchen cooking a Christmas dinner with all the What’s it like spending so much time away trimmings! We don’t live lavish lifestyles and from Faith and AJ? don’t have nannies or anyone to look after the “Of course I miss them loads, but doing panto house, so it’s nice for someone else to do the is a really good job for me. I’ve done it every cooking. It smells amazing – I want them to December for years and the kids don’t know hurry up so I can attack the pigs in blankets!” any different, to the point it’s now become

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Tell us a bit more about your panto role… “I’m playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House, from the 8th December right up until New Year’s Eve. It’s an amazing cast this year with Matt Pagan as the Prince – and we’ve even got a real-life Disney Princess too!” What’s it like playing a ‘baddie’? “Last year was my first year as an evil Queen, and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel as a character the kids are supposed to hate. It took me a while to get used to the boos, but now I realise the more they do it the better you are – so they’re really cheering you on in a sense!”

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Will your real Christmas Day be very different? “It’ll be hectic! I have two shows on Christmas Eve then I’ll drive straight home, probably getting back around midnight so I can help put out the presents for the morning. The kids will wake early and we’ll snuggle up in bed drinking tea and eating crumpets, opening one present each before heading down to see what Santa’s left. I can’t even drink on Christmas Day, as I have to leave either late that night or first thing Boxing Day to be back for my next show.”

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Does that mean you have to be even more organised than normal when it comes to shopping and wrapping? “I’m actually quite behind this year – normally by mid-October I’ve got most of the present buying sorted! I shop online for tons of stuff as it’s much easier than heading out, then I’ll wrap it in stages and hide it in the loft. I also grab deals when I spy them in the supermarket so I’m not left panicking at the last minute.”

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So what are you planning on buying your family this year? “I try not to spoil the kids but I have a bit of a bad habit of buying stuff too early, forgetting what I’ve already got and then buying them more! Faith’s birthday is just after Christmas so I have to buy two lots of presents and decide what I’m giving her when. AJ needs a new bike and Faith could do with a new scooter, so that’ll be their main gifts.” celebritysecretsmag.com


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What about Hugh? “He’s an absolute nightmare to buy presents for! His birthday is also right near to Christmas and he hardly ever gives me a clue of things he’d like. He actually asked for an Apple Watch last year – and then he went and sold it two weeks later as he decided that he didn’t like it! I’m much easier – I just have a wish list of stuff I’d really like. The problem is, I always end up buying it for myself if no one else does!” So what are you hoping that Father Christmas has left under the tree for you? “The only thing that’s on my wish list at the moment is a new pair of Louis Vuitton heels. My current pair have been worn to death and are on their way out, so I think it's about time someone bought me some new ones. Fingers crossed!”

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12 | ★ CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Michelle wears Raishma Ellaria Charcoal Grey Dress (£199, raishma.co.uk). Hugh wears D&G Gunmetal Grey Shirt (£298, dolcegabbana.com) and trousers as before. Faith wears Billieblush Pale Pink Sequin and Tulle Party Dress (From £69, alexandalexa.com). AJ wears Ralph Lauren Red Gingham Love-Sleeved Shirt (from £50, alexandalexa.com) and trousers as before

Tell us about your tree – when do you put it up and what’s it like? “We used to put it up 12 days before Christmas, but then the kids came along and everything changed. Now it’s usually the end of November or right at the beginning of December, so I get to enjoy it with Faith and AJ before panto season begins. It also has to be artificial, as it’d die without me at home watering it, plus the kids would be forever covered in pine needles! I usually have red and gold decorations, but we’ve just redecorated the lounge so I need a whole new colour scheme.” What other Christmas traditions do you have? We always do Elf on the Shelf – the kids call ours Fifi. We also make sure we put milk, a mince pie, a carrot and a cookie out for Father

Christmas on Christmas Eve, and the kids get a tiny present from him like a keyring in their rooms, which is a sign he’s been and that it’s safe to leave their rooms. There’s nothing worse than them creeping out and we’re in the middle of arranging the gifts under the tree…” What about visiting Father Christmas? “We go to Lapland UK every single year and I cannot Michelle, Hugh and the kids visit Lapland UK every year

recommend it highly enough. I get one day off before Christmas and I’m driving down super-early so I can take Faith and AJ there with Hugh. It’s the best day out, with an ice rink, elves, huskies and real reindeer. You get to make cookies with Mother Christmas – and Santa’s the real deal!” Have you ever celebrated Christmas abroad? “Not yet. In an ideal world I’d still have Christmas Day at home and then fly somewhere lovely and hot on Boxing Day. We went to the Turks and Caicos last year which was incredible, so I’d love to spend it somewhere like that lying on the beach.” Moving on to Christmas food – what are your favourite treats to eat and drink? “Everything – I tend to eat until I'm fit to burst! I’m a massive foodie as it is and absolutely love my food. Christmas is no exception, and I have a habit of really indulging in everything I love over the holidays. The fact I’m doing panto is a massive help for me though, as I’m active which means I don’t tend to put on weight – even though I’m eating loads!”

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“If I wasn't in panto

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Who does all the cooking? “Me – I’m a bit of a control freak in the kitchen. Hugh’s great when he’s told what to do, but I prefer to do it all myself. If I wasn’t in panto I’d be busy peeling spuds and smothering everything in goose fat, but because I’m only home for Christmas Day it’s going to have to be pre-prepared supermarket potatoes, parsnips and veggies.” What about the turkey? “My mum’s coming down with me on Christmas Eve so she’s cooking it beforehand and bringing it in the car. It’ll be a great day and I always make sure the kids at least try their sprouts – I drench them in butter and AJ licks his clean!” So what’s a regular Christmas Day like when you’re not doing panto? “I drink Champagne all day long! We’ll eat Christmas dinner, then have a couple of cheeky Bailey’s before heading over to Hugh’s auntie’s for a bit as she lives nearby. Apart from that celebritysecretsmag.com

we like to chill out in front of the TV, watching the kids play with their new toys and tucking in to Christmas pudding.”

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Do you go to the gym over Christmas to make up for all the extra calories? “I’ve arranged to go to a gym near my mum’s while I’m up in Newcastle just to keep on top of things. To be honest though it’s best not to worry. Everyone puts weight on at Christmas and it’s mainly water retention – so never get on the scales after indulging over the holiday. We all have trouble fitting in our jeans and have a bloated tummy and puffy face – it’ll come off in January when you’re back in your normal routine.”

Tinsel or mistletoe? "Tinsel" Christmas pudding or cake? "Christmas pudding" Brussels sprouts or parsnips? "Parsnips" Champagne or mulled wine? "Both!" Bread or cranberry sauce? "Cranberry" Dress up or dress down? "Dress up" Queen’s speech or family film? "Family film" Pie Face or Speak Out? "Pie Face" Home Alone or Elf? "Elf" All I Want for Christmas is You or I Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday? "All I Want for Christmas is You" Christmas ’Enders or Christmas Corrie? "Neither – they’re both too depressing!"

Finally, what are your plans for 2018? “I’ve written a book about the menopause – it’s time to talk about it! I had to overcome it earlier than many women, and it’s being published next year. I’m also doing a summer tour with Liberty X, taking the family along for the ride. It’s going to be so much fun!” CS

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Promotional Feature Is there a better feeling than easing a cork from the neck of a bottle of fine sparkling wine, and feeling it pop from your hands with the force of all those lovely, refined, invigorating bubbles? Sparkling wines have been the toast of parties and celebrations for hundreds of years – ever since Dom Perignon himself first chanced upon the effect of secondary fermentation in the bottle. They’ve heralded marriages, rejoiced in graduations, brought countless New Year's in with a bang, marked anniversaries of all kinds… and as any wine lover will tell you, they’re also fantastic for drinking without any excuses necessary! But there aren’t many things more deflating than returning to an open bottle of sparkling wine, only to find it devoid of bubbles and flabby on the palate. However, that sensation can quite easily become a distant, unpleasant memory, thanks to the zzysh® Champagne Preserver, the latest Swiss innovation. It ensures that once opened, your bubbly stays, well, bubbly for as long as you need it to. zzysh® provides an unheard of innovation in sparkling wine preservation. This revolutionary device seals the bottle back up tight with the stopper and then shoots a mixture of argon gas and carbon dioxide to protect the liquid from oxygen and pressurise the bottle once more. celebritysecretsmag.com

Simply close the bottle with the innovative zzysh® stopper, attach the hand piece and press it down for three-to-four seconds. Done. The zzysh® Champagne Starter Set includes one hand piece, one airtight stopper, and one cartridge and it works fantastically on all sparkling wines to guarantee the same, mouth-tingling fizz for up to half a year. Your ideal gift for any sparkling wine lover! And if you are looking for a way to preserve your favourite wine, try the zzysh® Wine Preserver. Oxidisation is a thing of the past and enjoying your favourite wines by the glass has never been easier! zzysh.me

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what’s the perfect Christmas present for my husband? " Promotional Feature Nostalgic design meets modern innovation with the brand new smart speaker from audio specialists, KitSound. Every inch of space has been utilised to give him a speaker packed full of tech and features, but delicately finished to show off a retro look and feel. In collaboration with Amazon and featuring Alexa Voice Service, the Voice One has had a complete audio overhaul thanks to the KitSound engineers, creating a smart speaker with soul that will completely rock his Christmas socks off. Full-range 20-watt drivers deliver roomfilling, stereo sound so he’ll hear his favourite music in all its natural glory. Twin microphones pick up voices from anywhere in the room – even when it’s noisy – so he can ask Alexa anything from finding out the football score to where the nearest florist is. Down to the little nice-to-haves, the

Voice One even comes protected in a stainresistant Nano coating, to prepare for the little splashes and spills it might encounter if he’s left in charge of cooking the Christmas dinner! With built-in multi-room technology, you can connect up to eight Voice One speakers together wirelessly. Meaning you can reminisce about the good old days by streaming your favourite playlists or connecting an external music source to one of the speakers to redistribute the sound to other speakers via Wi-Fi, allowing you to enjoy your favourite music together in every room – regardless if it’s online or a vinyl.

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Sega Toys Homestar Original Get 60 000 twinkling stars from the skies to your ceiling Imagine enjoying the sky full of stars while sitting on your sofa. This dream can become reality with the Homestar Original from Sega Toys. The high definition planetarium with the ultra-bright 3 watt LED and its rotating movement projects the Night sky throughout the year. Two interchangeable disks contain the fixed stars in the northern hemisphere will enable you to observe the night sky or the map of constellations. And with the integrated “shooting star” function you can help your dreams come true even quicker. Projection angle and focus are adjustable. The handy timer lets you fall asleep while gazing at the stars turning off the planetarium automatically.

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Exclusive RSPB edition of Guess Who? A great Christmas gift! Promotional Feature Can it swim? Does it have wings? Does it lay eggs? This special edition of the classic guessing game has been created by the RSPB, the UK’s biggest conservation charity. From badgers and bumblebees to stag beetles and swallows, some of our bestloved birds, mammals and insects feature in this exciting game. As well as being great fun, it encourages kids to learn more about our wildlife. Includes two game boards, character sheets and full instructions. Suitable for two players, ages 6 and up. Available exclusively from the RSPB at rspbshop.co.uk/guesswho or 0345 034 7733.

READER OFFER! 20% off your basket* at the RSPB shop and free delivery. Order at rspbshop.co.uk or call 0345 034 7733 quoting code: OKMAG1 Licensed by: HASBRO and its logo, and GUESS WHO are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro. All rights reserved.

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*Terms and conditions apply. Offer ends midnight 15 December 2017. Code OKMAG1 cannot be used in conjunction with any other code-driven offers. Discount not available on membership, gift cards, RSPB Hampers, Pressies that protect, binoculars, telescopes, reduced or sale items, Moorcroft, Royal Crown Derby or made to order items. Offer not available in RSPB shops.

10 K’NEX Budding Builders Tub £34.99 knexshop.co.uk 11 Frog 43 Bike £240 frogbikes.com 12 Hatchimals Surprise £74.99 hatchimals.com 13 LeapPad Ultimate Green £94.99 smythstoys.com 14 Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex! £9.99 carltonbooks.co.uk 15 WATCHU £119.99 watchu.com 16 BrainBox Board Game From £12.99 amazon.co.uk 17 Shopkins Skyanna’s Jet Playset £49.99 smythstoys.com/uk 18 Busy Me Electronic Cash Register £29.99 thetoyshop.com 19 My Golden Ticket £19.99 wonderbly.com


The perfect Christmas gift for smart, curious children The Week Junior makes a brilliant Christmas present for 8-14s, keeping them inspired and entertained week after week. With a huge variety of content and things to do, there is something to delight readers of all interests and reading abilities.

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What’s more, they’ll also get The Week Junior Annual 2018 to unwrap on Christmas Day – with 100 fun-packed pages of amazing need-to-know information, incredible stories, fantastic photos and inspiring activities, there’s loads to read and do. “I wish The Week Junior had been around when I was a kid – I’d have known so much more about the world in which I was growing up.” Jon Snow

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CHRISTMAS FAMILY FUN Multi-award-winning games by... Promotional Feature

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Baby's new best friend Promotional Feature This Christmas the UK’s most trusted and iconic sleep experts, The Gro Company, are delighted to spread the gift of sleep with the help of their latest innovation! Ollie the Owl is an award-winning, unique and utterly adorable sleep aid with built-in CrySensor technology helping baby (and mum and dad!) to get some quality ZZZ’s every night. Ollie the Owl plays four soothing sounds including heartbeat, rainfall, white noise static and beautiful Brahms' lullaby. Promising to always be there, the CrySensor technology means Ollie automatically activates when baby cries, so he can soothe little ones back to sleep in an instant, without mum or dad having to get up. The sounds play for 20 minutes and then Ollie switches to standby mode for three hours, but rest assured he is listening intently and will turn on at any point during standby to play either the white noise static or Brahms' lullaby sound thanks to the CrySensor function. Like all products from The Gro Company, Ollie the Owl has been expertly designed and is guaranteed to make bedtime a whole lot easier. Each noise has been thoughtfully selected to relax little ones and white noise especially is great for restless, colicky babies and is proven to calm them by replicating the sounds baby heard pre-birth. Ollie’s sounds have three volume settings and the night light has three sensory light levels, so parents can set the sleep aid to what suits them and baby best and help all get a good night's rest. CH1117_MRSTANLEYS.pdf

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A must-have this Christmas, having recently been listed on The Independent’s 'Best Toys of 2017', Ollie will grow up with little ones and become their trusted sleeping companion, whether on the move, at home or staying with their grandparents. Super soft, plush and grey in colour with a light up breast dotted with tiny love hearts, it is certain to fit into any colour scheme! Ollie the Owl is suitable from birth and is the only sleep aid to offer four functions within one design. Plus - Twit Twoo - Ollie the Owl is completely portable so you can take him on all your adventures. He comes with a secure loop which enables you to hang on the side of the cot, pushchair or car seat, so he won’t get lost! Give the gift of sleep this Christmas by giving your loved ones an Ollie the Owl. RRP: £34.99 gro.co.uk

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Christmas ESCAPES Can’t face another Christmas in the UK? Pack yourself off on one of these luxurious festive breaks

WHILE SPENDING CHRISTMAS at home surrounded by friends and family is nice, it’s still great to get away from it all and enjoy a bit of luxury. So, whether you want to experience an authentic Christmas experience in Lapland or if you’d rather soak up a bit of winter sun in Thailand, look no further than these festive getaways…

LAPLAND

FOR THE AUTHENTIC XMAS EXPERIENCE Want to see the faces of your little ones light up? Just tell them you’re going to Lapland to meet the real Santa Claus. At Santa’s Lapland families are treated to a private meeting with Santa, husky sled rides and a visit to the Reindeer Centre – plus more elves than you can shake a candy cane at. They even provide the whole family with thermal clothing, so they’re fully equipped for the adventures that lie ahead! Santa’s Lapland offer three and four day packages to stay in one of their 3/4 star hotels. Prices start from £849pp and includes flights, accommodation and activities. Visit santaslapland.com for more information.

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FOR THE WINTER WONDERLAND What do famous faces like Kate Hudson, Tom Hanks and Kate Moss have in common? They’ve all visited the winter wonderland that is Muskoka in Canada – located just two hours north of Toronto. Staying in the Deerhurst Resort, this enjoys Hilary Duff picturesque retreat offers nada Ca in as Christm guests several different accommodation options and a vast number of winter activities to enjoy, including snowmobiling, skiing, dog-sledding and sleigh rides. m/hilaryduff instagram.co Return flights to Toronto from London with Air Transat start from £415pp on selected dates in December. A stay at Deerhurst costs from £902 for a seven-night stay in a Lake View room. Visit ontariotravel.net for more information.

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CANARY ISLAND CRUISE

FOR THE LUXURY-SEEKER There’s nothing quite like the luxury of a cruise; the fresh air, the delicious food and the sunny destinations – plus, a festive cruise means they’ll cook your Christmas dinner for you! That’s what you get if you book yourself on Thomson’s A Canarian Christmas Cruise. Sailing on the Thomson Dream, you can spend seven-nights exploring the sights and sounds of the Canary Islands. Prices for seven-nights at sea on the Thomson Dream for a family of four start from £5,195, including flights, on-board meals and transfers. Visit thomson.co.uk

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FOR A CHANGE OF SCENERY If you want to get away this Christmas but don’t want to travel too far, consider renting a rural retreat instead. We love Unique Home Stay's so-called Lost Cottage in Ireland’s County Kerry for the sense of tranquillity it provides. Bunker down with enough food to feed a small army and enjoy a Christmas break ideal to get away from it all. Prices start from £1,250 to rent the property for the week. Visit lostcottage. uniquehomestays.com

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FOR THE HEALTH FANATICS If you’re already dreading shifting the Christmas bloat, then a healthconscious break to the Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand is in order. With tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls, pristine white beaches and traditional villages all within walking distance, this is the winter-sun nature experience that will help you unwind this festive season – and keep you trim! Seven nights at Soneva Kiri starts from £3,380pp including return flights and transfers. Visit healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 020 3397 8891.

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LONDON Stick Man This heart-warming tale of a wooden stick who gets separated from his family has been adapted for the West End stage, and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves sure to raise a smile. From £16.50, 21 October – 7 January, leicestersquaretheatre.com MANCHESTER Elf: The Musical Manchester Liz McClarnon stars in this tale based on Will Ferrell's hit movie, Elf. Follow oversized elf, Buddy, as he embarks on a journey to help

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ESSEX Jack and the Beanstalk Fee-fi-fo-fum – we smell some panto fun! Southend-On-Sea plays host to a production of Jack and the Beanstalk packed full of celeb names including Lee Mead, Bobby Davro and everyone’s favourite Essex mum, Stacey Solomon! From £21.50, 16 December –7 January, thecliffspavilion.co.uk

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LONDON Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Winter Wonderland remains London’s must-see Christmas attraction and is bigger and better this year. Get your skates on at the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink and listen to live music as you take to the ice. Free to access, 17 November – 1 January, hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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LONDON Dick Whittington The latest production of Dick Whittington – playing at the iconic London Palladium this Christmas – reads like a rollcall of panto greats: there’s Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Nigel Havers and the rising theatre star that is Charlie Stemp in the role of Dick himself. From £26.50, 9 December – 14 January, lovetheatre.com

BRIGHTON Holiday on Ice The end of Christmas shouldn’t mean the end of your festive cheer, so make your first trip out in the New Year to Brighton’s Holiday on Ice show. This year’s theme celebrates the most memorable moments of our lives; falling in love, that first kiss and dancing until dawn. From £15, 5 January – 14 January, brightoncentre.co.uk

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Thursford Christmas Spectacular Gather your family and visit the biggest Christmas show in the country. An extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety.

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WATFORD Harry Potter: Hogwarts in the Snow Want to be a part of Hogwarts’ Christmas celebrations? Of course you do! Pay a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford and discover its festive makeover, which sees Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the Hogwarts Castle model. From £31, 18 November – 28 January, wbstudiotour.co.uk WINDSOR Legoland Christmas Legoland is undergoing its annual Christmas transformation where your kids can build Lego Christmas decorations, get put to work in the Christmas toy shop and marvel at the eight-metre-high Lego Christmas Tree – fun for all the family. From £35, select dates throughout December, legoland.co.uk CS

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Give the gift of Theatre Promotional Feature Treating someone to a night at the theatre is incredible. Between laughs, sobs, toe-taps and hope-no-one-can-hear-me hums, the right show at the right time can be life changing. But with so many incredible shows on up and down the country, how do you choose what to buy? More importantly, how do you pick a show, a date and a time without ruining the surprise? We have the answer: Theatre Tokens. Theatre Tokens are Gift Cards and eGifts that can be used at more than 240 venues nationwide – including all of London’s West End. Your friend, partner, family member or colleague can use your gift on any play, musical, opera or dance show they want, whenever they want as there’s no expiry date. Plus, theatre’s not just for Christmas. Tokens are a great gift year-round for theatre fans and are a unique idea for birthdays, a great way to surprise on a wedding day, and a heartfelt gift to celebrate an anniversary. Let’s go over that again: 1) Theatre Tokens can be used at over 240 venues nationwide 2) Theatre Tokens can be used at London’s West End theatres 3) Theatre Tokens don’t have an expiry date 4) Theatre Tokens are a present they’ll love and a memory they’ll cherish forever. So treat someone to a night of culture, fun, joy and glamour and treat yourself to some stress free gift buying. Theatre Tokens can be purchased online at TheatreTokens.com, in person at any participating theatre or by calling our Tokenline on 020 3011 0755.

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CHRISTMAS FOOD AROUND THE WORLD

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When you think of Christmas food you think of turkey, mince pies, sprouts and Xmas pud. But what ends up on the plates of our global neighbours? In Lithuania, the holiday meal consists of 12 different dishes – one for each apostle. But as part of their fast, none contain meat, eggs or dairy!

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Survive the chaos of Christmas with an easy cheat Promotional Feature Every year, in homes across the country, children and relatives will argue, at least one element of the Christmas dinner will be undercooked or burnt, and the cat will almost certainly climb the Christmas tree at some point bringing it down in a festive heap. For all the joy it brings, Christmas can be stressful, and the pressure to rustle up amazing meals whilst wrapping, shopping and whatever else, can prove overwhelming. The ideal remedy is to have some simple yet tasty recipes on stand-by, and a handy helper in the kitchen to help you shortcut your way through the chaos. No, not an elf – although wouldn’t that be great? – but Primula Cheese, which adds melty cheese in just a quick squeeze with no slicing or grating required.

Keep a tube of Primula on-hand and you’re just a squeeze away from delicious melty cheese meals for the festive period. Stir it into pasta or risotto, melt over a steak or smother Primula Cheese with Chives over roast potatoes with a sprinkle of grilled streaky bacon for a crowd-pleasing addition to the Boxing Day buffet. It’s also ideal to help you to create impressive side dishes for Christmas meals, being the perfect addition to a cauliflower cheese or this root vegetable dauphinoise. Say bonjour to the simplest cheese sauce you’ll ever make!

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Tired of running round like a headless turkey come December? These celeb cheats will transform your Crimbo from frazzled to fabulous WORDS: EMILY BERRYMAN

BE AN EARLY BIRD

Think the glitterati have posh chefs on standby? Think again! A source tells us This Morning’s Holly Willoughby pre-cooks and freezes her entire Christmas meal before 1st December, allowing her to enjoy maximum downtime with her family. Hols even stunned viewers by admitting that her tree goes up a massive FIVE weeks early. “If you're going for it, you might as well go for it," she told viewers.

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If the thought of cooking for the masses gives you chills, turn to M&S, who’ve come up with some amazing dishes that’ll have everyone thinking you’re a slave to your stove. Their Belgium Chocolate & Toffee Sponge Pudding (£12, marksandspencer.com) is sure to be an Instagram sensation. Or how about ordering from TV presenter Cherry Healey’s go-to HelloFresh (hellofresh.co.uk), and have your turkey, trimmings, gravy and pud delivered to your door? Their Premium Box ranges from £90 for four people to £150 for 10.

As the official Champagne of The Oscars, we’re guessing A-listers will be glugging Piper-Heidsieck Champagne (£30, available nationwide) from dawn ’til dusk. Counting the pennies? A good trick is to plump for pocketfriendly fizz like Cava or Prosecco and add a festive twist. “Candied orange peel, boozy cherries or even hibiscus flowers in syrup are great to finish your drink off with,” says chef to the stars Barry Bryson (cateredinburgh.com).



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this is a present that the whole family can enjoy all year around. Providing an endless supply of refreshing sparkling water for adults and children alike, the SodaStream is a stylish addition to any kitchen. It encourages children to stay hydrated and healthy, by creating sparkling water-based drinks, infused with fresh fruits. And for the adults, it provides the base for creative cocktails and mocktails. Don’t wait until Christmas Day to unwrap your very own Fizzi White machine. With the festive season, comes an appetite for tasty new drinks recipes. But flavour doesn’t have to mean over-indulgence, even at Christmas.

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Everyone from Robbie Williams to brands like Hermès, speed-dial the wrapping expert, Jo Clydesdale (wrappersnapper.co.uk), to prettify their parcels. Budget more Z-list than A-list? “The key to flawless folds is to start early and always use double sided tape so the joins of paper are well hidden,” says Jo. And forget shelling out on pricey paper. “You can’t beat brown paper with traditional red string,” adds Jo.

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Mary Berry believes timing is everything for the perfect Christmas lunch. Speaking at the launch of cookbook Mary Berry Everyday, she told fans she once cooked a turkey at home before leaving it to rest in the boot of her car. "I took it to my daughter's so covered it with foil, a towel and anoraks," she said. As for potatoes, roast them on Christmas Eve! "Pop them back in the oven on the day to crisp them up," says Mary.

PRESENT LIKE A PRO

“Stick to a single colour palette when decorating your table,” says party guru Liz Taylor (tlc-ltd.co.uk). “Christmas decorations can be inexpensive, but if you stick to the same colour throughout they’ll look far more stylish than the price tag suggests!” With the likes of Gary Barlow and Michelle Keegan among her glittering client list we're happy to take her word for it… CS

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According to Lorraine Kelly, when there's wine to be poured and sprouts to be steamed, never shy away from calling in your A-team! “It’s important to learn how to delegate as much as you possibly can,” she told The Express. “If you’ve got people coming round, get one to bring the booze, another the trifle and get one to do the washing up."

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Feeling Festive: Preparing for the Christmas season... with Heart & Home

Promotional Feature You’ve prepped the mouth-watering food, picked out your favourite festive outfit, and finally managed to get the kids to lay the table. So, what’s left on your to-do list? That’s right – it’s time to set the mood with a few seasonal aromas, of course. Heart & Home’s soy-blend candles are ideal to create the right feel for this special time of year. With a fantastic choice of gorgeous, true-to-life scents you’ll be spoilt for choice – and with soy at the core you’ll be avoiding that sooty residue as well as enjoying an environmentally-friendly delight! Two rich, warming fragrances which are sure to produce a great seasonal atmosphere are the nutmeg infused Christmas Night, a perfect choice to

ignite your most treasured memories; whilst the warming ginger and vanilla scents of Sugar & Spice will keep you toasty even if the snow is falling outside or that familiar (but cosy!) winter chill is in the air. Here are just a handful of ways these indulgent aromas can help you prepare your home for the big day: → Setting the table. A cluster of large jar candles make the ideal eye-catching centrepiece on your Christmas table. Just imagine the delectable scents of the season lifting the mood as you tuck into your delicious dinner. Perfection. → Treat yourself. So you have rushed about getting everything ready for everyone else and now it’s time for some ‘me-time’! Whether it’s lighting a candle as you relax back in a bathful

of bubbles or having a gorgeous aroma in the background as you pamper yourself choosing just the right outfit and jewellery in your own little area of tranquillity. Even if it is just for an hour or two! → Getting the mood just right. Before your guests arrive, it’s a good idea to create an atmosphere that will get the festive feelings flowing. Lighting a few choice candles around your home will produce a welcoming space. → Preparing your guest rooms. Should you have friends or family staying for this joyful occasion, you’ll be busy getting the rooms ready for their arrival. Lighting a few aromatic candles just before they turn up is a great way to ensure that the room oozes a fantastic festive feel… and is utterly welcoming! These little touches can make all the difference. There are few things as truly exciting as preparing your home for this fun time of year. By going that extra mile and including some scented Heart & Home candles as part of your home decorations, you’ll woo your guests and have a ball of time. Heart & Home heartandhome.com

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LAUREN POPE We caught up with TOWIE’s Lauren Pope for some essential tips on how to survive the party season. And yes, it does involve hair clip-ins and cauliflower… Words: Emily Berryman

FACETIMING LAUREN POPE has proved two things to us, TOWIE fans. For one, the girl manages to look effortlessly gorgeous – even ridiculously early on a dark Monday morning – plus this Devonshire diva turned Essex girl is refreshingly down to earth, too. Which can only be a good thing when we caught up over the phone for a chat on all things Christmas... CS We’ve come over all festive in the CS office and can’t wait to get cracking on that eggnog. How will you spend Christmas? L “I usually visit my family or end up abroad. I was born and raised in Devon and love going down to hang with my nieces and nephews over the holiday. Christmas is all about the kids, isn’t it?” CS So do the TOWIE cast have an annual Christmas party? We can just imagine all those swanky secret Santas – not to mention the boozy bust-ups… L “Yup, we always film a Christmas special and make sure we have a knees-up at the same time. Being on TOWIE means we’re quite good at turning most events into a big party. At the moment it seems like everyone’s getting on – but let’s see how long that lasts!”

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CS With all those Christmas parties comes temptation. How do you still rock a crop top when there’s Quality Street to snaffle? L “Christmas is my one guilt-free time of year – it’s definitely not a time to count any calories! I train a few times during the holiday season so I don’t feel too bad about all the chocolate and sweets, but it’s important not to get consumed by healthy eating and to just fit it into your life as much as possible.” CS Do you like to glam up or dress down over Christmas? L “There's a tradition that my mum buys me the best pyjamas around Christmas so I always have something comfy to chill in. They’re from M&S and are so snuggly; I tend to stay in them until it’s absolutely necessary to get dressed. I'm sure that's the case for most people, though – at Christmas I’m around people I love, so they don’t care if I look like a scruff! It's nice to be able to chill out without worrying about looking glam.” CS Do you have any beauty tips for during the party season? L “Make sure you always experiment when it comes to your hair! I'm lucky enough to own a hair extensions brand, so I can have a different hair look for every day of the party season! I tend to go more glam at this time of year but I'll also try more hair up styles, using my clip in ponytail or bun options.”

CS As a DJ, business woman and TV star, this time of year is manic. How do you get through the festivities without looking frazzled? L “I shovel on the concealer like everyone else! I also make sure I take a lot of vitamins, as my skin has a tendency to break out quite easily with a lack of sleep and a poor diet. I'm never without a daily dose of multi vitamins, as well as fish oil, zinc, DIM and magnesium.” CS What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year? L “I’d love a new NutriBullet – my current one’s on its last legs as I use it for most meals. I have a smoothie for breakfast, chucking in oats, fruit, water, matcha powder and Super Elixir powder. For dinner I sometimes blend cauliflower and broccoli with coconut oil and it comes out like a yummy mash. I know it sounds awful but it actually tastes good!” CS Will you be making a New Year’s resolution? L “No – they breed disappointment! If you want to change something do it there and then, rather than wait until New Year’s Day.” CS And finally, with a whopping 1.24 million Twitter followers, will you be channelling the Queen and sending out a Christmas message? L “The main message I have is to appreciate your loved ones, putting your phone down as much as possible. It’s the one time of year you can enjoy being together – no stress, no drama, just good old-fashioned fun!” CS