Our guide to the top things to do this Christmas!

We love Christmas time at Craig Brooks Painting & Decorating. Especially the activities and days out that we have in the lead up to the big day, when Santa squeezes down the chimney to leave presents and get tipsy on Sherry and mince pies.

Here is our list of favourite things we like to do

Buy a real tree

We always visit farmer Gow’s for our tree. They have a great selection and the trees last a long time. Whilst there, why not take the kids to meet the animals. They even have a goat named after me!

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Visit Santa

Santa will be at Dobbies Cirencester until December 24th. Booking is advised as they do get busy. They have a nice selection of gifts, you can choose from for all children of all ages, and Santa's grotto is just gorgeous!

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Christmas markets

Arkell’s Christmas market is on December 1st 10am-3pm. Come along for food, drinks, crafts and gift stalls. Arkell’s have even brewed a special seasonal ‘Sir Noel’ Ale. A great place to pick up some local - made treats.

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Bath Christmas market. We usually hop on a train for this one. Highlights include mince pies and mulled wine as well as a good selection of gifts. Bath is especially well lit and beautiful this time of year, and if you get time you can catch the carol singing at the front of Bath Abbey.

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Prepare your dinner

Wild cooking Bath offer courses throughout the year, but at Christmas it's all about the Venison.

Spend a day in the woods skinning and butchering a whole deer, which you then get to take home with you!

Not only this but Ed And Guy are the perfect hosts, preparing a delicious breakfast and lunch over a campfire and plenty of tea and coffee.

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Go ice skating

Millet’s farm in Oxfordshire have a real undercover ice rink right up until January 6th. They also have a moose lodge ice cafe with a variety of festive treats.

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