The run-up to the big day doesn’t have to be all shopping malls and panto: we pick cool, offbeat and cultural events and gift-buying opportunities across the capital
Here they are
In search of a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alps
Magical pictures of Santa as he prepares for his busiest day of the year
I hope you like some of these festive jokes
Twelfth Night images
The wild beauty of Sámiland (or Lapland) is way more magical than the Santa-themed tourism flogged to visitors, says the musician Mari Boine.
Christmas lights in various cities
Yes, 400,000 lights
Read this rather odd piece about Christmas in Kyoto and then see the comments for some balance.