Get into the Christmas spirit with McCarthy Stone

We’ve compiled a ‘good’ list (with a few naughty treats!) of Christmas tips that celebrate the time-honoured traditions that makes this season truly special.

From ‘go-to’ festive family recipes passed on by our amazing homeowners to guides to DIY gift-making, wrapping and wreath-making or suggestions for splendid Christmas markets and family-friendly days out, we’ve got Christmas covered.

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Join us for our Christmas events

From wreath-making to cake decorating, pop along to one of our friendly festive events and experience the lifestyle for yourself.

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The 12 recipes of Christmas

Savour our sensational sweet and savoury homeowner-made Christmas recipes.

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Best Christmas Markets Across The UK

Take a look at our favourite Christmas Markets across the UK ! Make sure you get into the Christmas-spirit and make a few trips this festive season!

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Britains Favourite Christmas Displays

Find nine of the best outdoor Christmas decorations and light displays to visit from across the UK.

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Perfect gifts for Christmas

Our guide to great Christmas gift ideas for little ones, foodies, outdoor types and more.

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Christmas wrapping guide

The joy and excitement of unwrapping presents never really wears off, no matter how old we get.

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Make your own Christmas wreath

Our simple step-by-step guide shows you how to make your own unique festive front door decoration.

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Candle making guide

Making candles is relatively easy and with a handful of supplies and a little know-how, you can fill your home with light and warmth in no time.

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Christmas wine and cheese pairing guide

Impress your guests this Christmas with this guide to mouth-watering cheese and wine combinations.

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Christmas in the 1950s vs today 

We take a look at a typical 1950s Christmas to see how traditions have changed, what’s stayed the same – and what we might want to bring back.

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Christmas memories

We asked our McCarthy Stone homeowners to share their favourite Christmas stories – and the results will brighten your day