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It’s been a tough couple of weeks in our household. Orla has been teething and then caught a virus which means she has been sleeping even less than usual, which means I have been sleeping less than usual!

And then this morning my car refused to start so our day of activities has been cancelled, which might be a blessing in disguise as I feel that a relaxed cosy day at home might be just what we need. Orla must think so too because she has just gone down for an unexpected morning nap! So, I am taking the opportunity to grab a little blogging time!

And right now I am looking ahead to the Christmas season where hopefully we will all be a bit brighter and a bit more energetic. Here are five places I want to visit this Christmas season:

  1. Manchester Christmas Markets


It’s been years since I last went to the Christmas Markets in Manchester and I really fancy it. I want to get all wrapped up, eat too much food at the stalls and pick up some Christmas decorations.

2. Haworth Victorian Christmas, Saturday 3rd December


Haworth are amazing at their themed weekends. We have been to their 1940s events and their Steampunk weekend. The amount of people who dress up and the shops that theme their stores is really impressive. I really want to see them do their Victorian/Dickensian Christmas weekend. Haworth is one of those beautifully kept villages that turns up a lot in period films and dramas. I was watching The Railway Children this week and it makes an appearance in there, I really would love to walk down it’s cobbled high street when it is in full Victorian Christmas glory!

3. Hartbeeps Christmas Party


This one is more for Orla, but one of the baby classes we go to is holding a big Christmas party in December with lots of songs and sensory play, and adorable costumes. It will be her first Christmas party!

4. Lancashire Day & Christmas Lights Switch On, Nelson, Saturday 26th November

A day to celebrate Lancashire and Christmas? I am there. According to the banners around Nelson there will be markets, entertainment, bands and festivities all done in Lancashire Style! I will definitely be checking this out!

5. Carol Service, The Mission – Nelson,  Sunday 18th December, 6:30pm


I love the carol service at our church. It is one of the highlights of the year for me. The music, the atmosphere and the spirit of the service moves me every time. In a really busy season it is a moment of peace and reflection that anchors me to what Christmas is really all about. Last year these girls did an acapella version of O Holy Night that produced goosebumps and tears in equal measure across the building. I can’t wait to see what this year’s service will hold!