Win tickets to the Country Living Christmas Fair!

It’s giveaway time! Get into the festive mood with a trip to the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair at the Business Design Centre in London from 12th to 16th November. See the pages of the magazine come to life with an array of stylish seasonal shopping, decoration and food ideas; meet hundreds of artisan designers and food producers and be inspired to create a wonderfully festive feel in your home this Christmas.

Win a pair of tickets to the Gala Evening

Courtesy of Country Living Magazine, we have two exclusive Gala Tickets for the evening of Thursday 13th November to give away to one lucky reader. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling us what you love most about Christmas. The winner will be picked on 31st October 2014 and notified by email. Good luck!

Exclusive £1 off ticket offer

If you just can’t wait and want to buy your tickets right away, we’ve also got a fantastic £1 off ticket offer so you can buy an adult ticket for £12 instead of £13. To book tickets for the London show visit and enter discount code LSX14 at the checkout.



  1. Jan Maskrey says:

    Family & Friends

  2. Caroline B says:

    Fairy lights, Christmas tunes on the radio, mince pies and the smiles on my kids faces.

  3. Deborah Dartnell says:

    The family get together – its the one time you can pin members of the family down to a meeting – and the food atmosphere and everything is just magical.

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  6. Marion Duffy says:

    Best of all I like the carols and the tree – the traditional stuff! And I love the fact that the shops are closed – I’d like everyone to have at least two full days off, really, three if it were possible.

  7. Catching up with family in cosy lit rooms with open fires and THAT Christmas smell and enjoying yummy food.

  8. Lesley Radford says:

    Decorating the house and showing it off to family and freinds

  9. Jane Arkley-Crouch says:

    The thing I love most about Christmas is the spirit of celebration that infuses friends and family with cheer, love and optimism.

  10. Julia mealing says:

    I love everything about Christmas

  11. Throwing soot over the hearth and seeing the boys’ faces when they see Father Christmas made a big mess.

  12. Helen Moore says:

    Love the food, the atmosphere, seeing friends and family, watching lots of tv – the whole thing is great

  13. Julie Shaw says:

    Just seeing Christmas trees and sparkling twinkly lights everywhere !

  14. Sarah East says:

    Finding the perfect gift for everyone, wrapping them beautifully and watching their faces as they unwrap them.

  15. Isobel Warren says:

    Fairy lights

  16. Ssteve Fisher says:

    I love to prepare a hearty meal for all the extended family to enjoy on Christmas day. Following that, cold meats with bubble and squeak on Boxing day.

  17. Iris Raile says:

    What I Love About Christmas: So much – but most of all is the quality family time we get to spend together, enjoying each other’s company, playing games, going to Church, singing carols, eating lots of food that we have also spent time cooking together. it is a wonderful reason to celebrate Jesus’s birth and decorate the home lavishly and spend time with loved ones, along with reestablishing contact with friends anew, since you don’t see them or hear from them other than at Christmas.

  18. Nadine Lewin says:

    I love the fact that even though I’m a mother of Evie 9 and Daisy 7, I still wake up on Christmas morning as excited as I did when I was a child. You’ve got to keep the magic alive…..i

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  20. Anne keith says:

    Annual meeting of precious family from all over the country– lush

  21. louise dennis says:

    I love twinkly lights, snuggling under a blanket, and Christmas movies.

  22. Brenda Dooner says:

    Last minute shopping, drinking sherry whilst peeling the veg, yummy turkey with ALL the trimmings, soppy films, snug waistbands and leftovers !

  23. The 24 day run up to it. I make all the contents for four advent calenders, one each for my husband Brian, my parents, and for my two best friends, appropriately named, Carol and Carole! I love making each of the little items and then get great enjoyment from their reactions when they open each little gift. Some are edible, home made chocolates & sweeties, some little nonsenses – a blue spotted fabric mushroom; some useful – I made needle cases one year, and some for hanging on the tree – Carole keeps all of her little things hanging up all year round and just adds to the collection each year!
    I spend all year collecting ideas and then start making them in October – at least that is usually the plan!

  24. Katherine Brice says:

    For me it is a cosy day in with family – cold outside, comfy clothes, indulgent food, a good film, reminiscing and ‘smell of Christmas’!

  25. brooke galloway says:

    My son`s face in the morning and his contended face as he sleeps on Christmas night

  26. Bridget Mellor says:

    Traditional carols the mell of a real tree eating too many choc cites but most of all having our grown up girls back home behaving like children again….they still gang up a stocking

  27. Maria Sack says:

    The decorations, the goodwill, loved ones and the winter chill.

  28. The anticipation and excitement and the thought that this will be the best Christmas ever, and if is’nt there’s always next year.

  29. Maria Sack says:

    The decorations and the goodwill, loved ones and the winter’s chill.

  30. The anticipation and the excitement of the best Christmas ever, and, even if it is’nt there’s another to look forward to next year.

  31. Hamish Archibald says:

    A long break from work and a happy family time

  32. sue taylor says:

    Lie ins, time off work, watching old films, being with people you love

  33. Pip Field says:

    Silly christmas films and snow globes!

  34. Dionne Grant says:

    What I love most about Christmas is all the wonderful memories I have of time with my family and friends. It’s the time of year for love, joy, hope and great food!

  35. Ssteve Fisher says:

    The smells and the fairy lights that bring back that feeling of magic .
    Suddenly we are all children again.

  36. christine fisher says:

    Bright lights, crisp days, family gatherings and good food. Perfect

  37. Rachel Blythe says:

    Preparing spiced pears, decorating the tree, wrapping presents, carols from Kings and champagne for breakfast.

  38. I love everything about christmas becuase its such a cheerful and hopeful time for us all, I like buying everyone presents, giving and receiving, decorating the christmas tree, singing christmas carols and going to watch nativity plays…… the food is scrumptious and I love the christmasy atmoshere in peoples homes, its a magical time no matter what, during this special time there is hope for all! Merry christmas 2014!

  39. chocolate….Christmas dinner and chocolate

  40. Michelle Clarke says:

    All the effort people put into making Christmas special

  41. Kirsty KIng says:

    I love just spending time, with my husband and daughters. With our house all decorated and wonderful smells of delicious food.

  42. I just love the happy feeling,family and friends visiting , the Salvation Army playing Christmas carols and that’s just at work!

  43. I asked my 8 year old daughter why she always included a bed as the focal point of her Christmas card design (this year a kitten is asleep in a bed under a mobile featuring Angels and holly) and she said that it was because waking up in the morning was the most exciting part. I agree with her as nowadays we wake up to very excited cuddles on Christmas morning.

  44. Christmas is the best season ever for me and my family! Bring a lot of joy and happiness Love the atmosphere, all the christmas songs and the decoration everywhere.In shops, on the streets every home and gardens.

  45. Julie Clements says:

    Kids faces, Bucks Fizz for breakfast, laughing with the whole family, the Queens Speech and Board Games!!

  46. Sue Stevenson says:

    A chance to take a couple of days away from work to spend with the family and have time to sit and chat!

  47. Brian J Surrey says:

    Midnight Holy Mass

  48. Keren Mary Curran says:

    The atmosphere

  49. karen valencia says:

    I love the warm feeling you get, even though it’s freezing out !

  50. Sally Baur says:

    Seeing my kids faces on Christmas morning and spending time with my family is the best thing ever…every year:)

  51. Veronica Tabet says:

    Having a big family get together.

  52. klara cort says:

    I love the Advent period, counting back the days till Christmas, baking gingerbread biscuits, making our wreath for the door, then decorating our home, gift wrapping and getting ready for hubby’s fantastic Xmas lunch

  53. Carrie Smart says:

    What I love about Christmas is spending time with family and friends and treating us all to wonderful festive fare. Plus gathering round a cosy fire playing games.

  54. Carol Brandon says:

    Having my children home and everyone having time to talk to each other

  55. Penny harding says:

    Mulled wine mistletoe, silly board games and excited grandchildren

  56. Margaret Cromie says:

    I love an open fire cooking chestnuts, plenty of rugs and cushions around the hearth, the dim lights of the Christmas tree and candles and new cashmere bed socks. Perfect heaven

  57. Everything!

  58. stephanie gray says:

    I love being able to spend time with family and friends without having to think about the office.

  59. Attending christmas fair and buying my presents and cards from the fair for my loved ones who will ask me where I got the stuff from. Obviously the christmas fair at Islington.

  60. It smells of christmas

  61. The ambiance. The whole family coming together, in a warm and cosy environment, sharing a delicious meal. Afterwards, we would watch some classic Christmas films or our favourite TV shows.

  62. catherine killen says:

    The build up and excitement from the children- nativities, parties, pantos and lots of visits from family and friends all make for a lot of excitement (and a bit of hyperactivity!) in our house x

  63. Michelle Cleverley says:

    Picking out a christmas tree with my fiance

  64. to tell you the truth, the end of it, but i need to buy pressies so this show would be ideal

  65. Christmas is a time to think about those who are sadly no longer with us, and
    reminisce on all the wonderful happy Christmas’s we had while they were here!

  66. Neil Steward says:

    Dickensain themed Christmas markets with mulled wine, chestnuts and mince pies in abundance.

  67. What I love is how people are much nicer too each other and how everyone seems so much happier

  68. Wendy Freeman says:

    I love the build up to Christmas Day, writing the cards, the Christmas stamps. Christmas shopping with carollers singing my favourite carols, arriving home with parcels ready to wrap for friends and family. Christmas Eve in front of the fire watching the lights twinkling on the tree relaxing ready for Christmas Day. And at last waking up on Christmas Day with my Christmas stocking full to the brim and giving out all the lovely things I’ve chosen for my family. Perfect

  69. Nicola Friend says:

    I love filling the house with decorations and making a wreath for the door. Makes the house feel so cosy& welcoming.

  70. Pauline Gibson says:

    Cooking, wrapping pressies and spending special time with my lovely family

  71. susan oliver says:

    I love the smell when you open a tin of quality street on christmas eve.

  72. Susan Pearmain says:

    Being with friends and family and sharing quality time with them.

  73. Helen Magee says:

    Family, food and no work for 1 week!!!

  74. Quiet time with my hubbie :)

  75. Quiet time with my hubbie, Christmas Eve Mass, Christmas dinner&presents! :)

  76. Susan Patel says:

    I love the smell of Christmas dinner cooking.

  77. Joanne Hughes says:

    Preparing for the big day on Christmas Eve putting the presents in the stockings and making sure Santa enjoys his treats.
    Then the waking up early to hear shrieks of excitement from the children happiest day of the year !

  78. Brad Start says:

    A chance to spend time with those I love

  79. Gill Trott says:

    The anticipation and the atmosphere, nostalgia and modern traditions

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