Sad tidings have been reported from Foxton’s Christmas Stables, the temporary home of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. While out on Saturday evening with Market Harborough Scouts in the villages of Ashley, Medbourne, The Langtons and Cranoe, Rudolf lost his front left leg!Debbie Billington, Market Harborough’s Scout Commissioner, who was navigating Rudolf’s sleigh with Santa said: “The rain and wind on Saturday night were awful. Rudolf wasn’t feeling too happy because he doesn’t experience severe wind and rain in Lapland."Snow falls there instead of rain because it is so cold, which is what Rudolf likes best. Nevertheless, he braved the weather and took Santa around the Welland Valley. Santa gave lots of ho, ho, hos and Christmas good cheer to houses and families, especially those with little children."We think Rudolf’s leg fell off on a country road. Scouts, elves and family helpers, are out searching the roadsides this weekend for the lost … [Read more...] about One of Santa’s ‘reindeer’ loses leg in bad weather near Market Harborough
Seeing the Northern Lights at least once is on most bucket lists, but a sighting of the aurora also requires quite a bit of luck. Therefore it's no surprise that most people pull out all the stops when they head out to try and spot the natural phenomenon, from finding the ideal location to braving freezing cold temperatures in the great outdoors. Luckily nowadays there's some pretty spectacular accommodation on offer where guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the arctic sky - all from the comfort and warmth of their bedroom. And even if you don't manage to see the Northern Lights, it will still make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We teamed up with Booking.com who shared the top 10 most amazing properties around the world where you can sleep under the arctic sky - and give yourself the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights too. Check out the beautiful hotspots below... 1. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel , Finland Tucked away in Finland's Rovaniemi, on the site of Santa Park in … [Read more...] about 10 amazing places to watch the Northern Lights and sleep under the arctic sky
By Liam HeylinA Christmas reindeer had its lights knocked out by a drunken man who rugby-tackled it to the ground and yesterday the culprit was jailed for three months.The incident happened outside Cork’s General Post Office in the early hours of January 10, 2017.Michael Cronin, of 5 Vicars Rd, Togher, Cork, testified at Cork District Court yesterday: “I didn’t rugby-tackle any reindeer.”In fact, he said he did not even see a reindeer among the larger-than-life-sized decorations outside the GPO that night.Cronin, aged 29, said: “I wasn’t falling around the place drunk but I do know I fell or tripped onto what I thought was a big blow-up Santa kind of thing. I didn’t think I did any damage.“Next thing I was pinned to the ground by three bouncers. A kind of scuffle broke out. I got out. Things kind of escalated.“I went to Speedo’s takeaway on Tuckey St. [When gardaí came] I put up no force, no resistance,” he said.The … [Read more...] about Culprit jailed as reindeer has lights knocked out in drunken rugby tackle
Christmas is only weeks away now, and as the nights draw in we start to think about all the festive markets and Christmas light switch ons that are happening in Plymouth and across Devon. Whether you live in Plymouth, Plympton or Tavistock, there are lots of places in Devon to get into the festive spirit and where you can watch a Christmas lights switch-on display. And to save you searching, we have done the hard work for you. Here is where you can go to watch a Christmas lights display in Plymouth (and the surrounding area). Here is everything we know so far about all the Christmas light switch ons in Devon. Plymouth The Christmas lights switch on marks the start of the holiday season and is one Plymouth’s most hotly anticipated events of the year. Thousands of people head into the city centre to be part of the festive fun. The event also marks the start of late-night shopping on Thursdays in the city centre. The date for this year’s switch-on, which always takes place in … [Read more...] about Full details of all Christmas lights switch-ons around Plymouth
It's never too early to get these dates in your diaries... We'll be covering Christmas lights switch-ons and events across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Live music, fairground rides and heapings of festive food can be expected at many of these events. Which one will you be going to? The list will be updated as more events are confirmed! If you've got a festive event you think we should know about, please let us know via our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected] Abbey Hulton: We are awaiting details. Alsager: We are awaiting details. Bentilee: We are awaiting details. Biddulph: We are awaiting details. Blurton: We are awaiting details. Burslem: The Christmas lights are to be switched on on Friday, November 30 - with live reinderr joining in the celebrations! Full details to follow. Congleton: Saturday, November 24. Congleton Christmas Festival and lights switch-on will be a fun-packed family day. The event will include a Christmas Makers' … [Read more...] about Dates for North Staffs & South Cheshire Christmas lights switch-ons!