Five festive things that are inspiring us this week...


The Pop-Up: The Winter Cabin

Tucked away in the courtyard of the York & Albany, this cosy, candle-lit cabin is the perfect place for a festive feast or tipple — think wild boar burgers, mulled wine and warm apple cider.

Open until 28 February 2015,

The Christmas Market: York

With its Victorian wooden huts and Dickensian-dressed stall holders, you'll feel like you've stepped into A Christmas Carol. Gourmet local produce and arts and crafts are what it does best.

Until 21 December,

The Treat: Festivi-Tea

From 'Jack Frost' lemon drizzle cake to 'Sugar Plum Fairy' tartlets, the Corinthia Christmas afternoon tea is jolly good fun. Plus, you can enjoy the chorus of a choir while you eat. Perfect.

Until 4 January 2014,

The Booking: Blenheim Palace

Join in the festive fun at this beautiful country pile in Oxfordshire with the 'Twelve Days of Christmas Trail' and carols performed by the Bletchington Silver Band. Snow or no snow, it's well worth a visit.

Until 14 December,

The Winter Wonderland: Eden Project Winter Festival

Father Christmas, elves, reindeer: this magical Cornish festival will earn you some serious brownie points with your little ones. There's also ice skating, live music and hot toddies for big kids.

Until Sunday 4 January,