Echo Falls Winter Warmer Cocktail

5 in Five: Ways to Countdown to Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and we intend to make the most of it!

From Dickens to Darcey Bussell, (alternative) carols to cocktails, here are five of the best ways to enjoy the Christmas countdown.

1. To Do: FRAME Nutcracker Barre Workshop

FRAME Nutcracker Barre Workshop

What: Making our childhood dreams come true, Frame are offering ‘dancers’ of all abilities the opportunity to be prima ballerina this December. Don your tutu and dance along to Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet score for two hours of pure Christmas magic, which will leave you pirouetting out the door just like Darcey Bussell. (Disclaimer: not likely.)

Where: Frame Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY, Saturday 12th December, £25

2. To Drink: Echo Falls Winter Warmer Cocktail

Echo Falls Winter Warmer Cocktail

What: Mulled wine is to Christmas as chocolate is to Easter: a must! But when the craving for a winter warmer calls, who has the relevant spices in stock to rustle one up (you’re a better woman than us if you do)? Enter Echo Falls Winter Spice Fruit Fusion, a carefully crafted concoction of orange, lemon and cinnamon which you simply warm over a low heat with apple juice to release the festive flavours and the unmistakable aromas of advent. How early is too early?

Recipe (serves 1):

Pour 70ml Echo Falls Winter Spice Fruit Fusion and 25ml apple juice into a saucepan over a low to medium heat.

Add 5ml agave syrup and gently heat (do not boil).

When warmed through, serve in a mug and garnish with a lemon wedge. Pierce the lemon skin with cloves for decoration.

Where: Echo Falls Winter Spice Fruit Fusion is available from Tesco stores nationwide, priced £5.99.

3. To Discover: Dickensian Christmas Festival

Dickensian Christmas Festival, Rochester

What: Literary lovers and nostalgia seekers will delight in this special celebration of all things Dickens. Framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle in the heart of Medway – the place of the author’s birth and death – be transported back to the Victorian era and enjoy candlelit parades, Christmas carols, a guaranteed (!) snowfall, hearty festive fare, and the chance to mingle with your favourite Dickensian characters. Just beware that loveable rogue Fagin; he may pick a pocket or two.

Where: Rochester, 5th-6th December, 10am-6pm

4. To Listen: Some Voices Present Christmas No. 1s

Some Voices Present Christmas No. 1s

What: For a night of music and merriment – and that Mariah track sung by a choir of 350 – don your festive jumper and join Some Voices for their alternative carol concert. With Christmas cocktails, mince pies and mulled wine accompanying a soundtrack of festive chart toppers, you’ll wish it could be Christmas every day.

Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, London, E2 PJ, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December, 7pm

5. To Eat: Sweet Reason Company Christmas Brownie Bites

Sweet Reason Company Christmas Brownie Bites

What: Move over, mince pie: this year it’s all about the brownie. Festive foodies will adore this hybrid of gooey chocolatey goodness, juicy mincemeat, and crunchy nuggets of crumble. Even better, these postbox-friendly packages are delivered straight to the door, so the lucky recipient (or, ahem, yourself…) need not move a muscle. After all, isn’t armchair indulgence exactly what Christmas is about?

Where: Delivery is available across the UK and internationally, from £2.80.

Written by:

Victoria is an award-winning writer with a penchant for pintxos (and pudding). Her days revolve around business, barre and bellinis. In reverse order.

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