Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea-room, frosty walks waiting to be discovered

Father Christmas with a young girl

It wouldn't be Christmas without... 

Here's some of the things that we think make Christmas one of the most special times of year.

Make your own decorations

Homemade cookies and hot chocolate
Cakes and bakes

Chocolate chip shortbread biscuits 

For Stephanie Couch, author of the blog 'A Cornish Mum', it wouldn't be Christmas without hot chocolate and home-made biscuits. Here's her chocolate chip shortbread recipe.

A winter's day in a woodland

Top Boxing Day walks in the South West

Peaceful wide open spaces, far reaching views, crisp air and the crunch of frosty grass make walking at this time of year magical. After over-indulging on Christmas Day, a refreshing Boxing Day walk is exactly what's needed.