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Add Some Festive Sparkle to Your Diary with These Key Christmas Dates

We are feeling wonderfully festive at Chocolate Collective! Christmas decorations are already coming out, fairy lights are being strung everywhere and children far and wide will soon be counting down the sleeps until Christmas! What better way to enjoy the festive build up than with a calendar of delicious events and activities to keep everyone’s spirits bright. To make your life sweeter and just a little bit easier we’ve put together an ultimate list of must-do-things to help you countdown to the big day in style! Let’s face it we all want Christmas to be bigger and better than last year to make up for you know what. So, grab your diary and get these oh-so important dates in it.

Christmas is coming!

1. Enjoy Christmas Classics in the City! Lights, Markets and Ice rinks!

When: Starting 1st November onwards

It isn’t really Christmas if you’re not dusting off your Christmas jumper and heading out to see your local Christmas lights being switched on! Who doesn’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Christmas market with a mulled wine and mince pie or trying your best Torvill and Dean routine on the local ice rink? It’s what makes Christmas in the city so special. With Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds hosting a whole variety of things to see and do this year, here are a few dates you’ll want to include in your Christmas line-up.

Ice Rink Openings
  • Manchester – 1st November Cathedral Gardens
  • Birmingham – 4th November Centenary Square
  • Leeds – 26th November Millennium Square
Christmas Markets
  • Manchester – 12th November to 22nd December
  • Birmingham – 4th November to 23rd December
Christmas Lights Switch On
  • Manchester – 12th November
  • Birmingham – 16th November

2. Bag Yourself a Bargain on Black Friday

When: 26th November

It’s not only the most wonderful time of the year but it can be one of the most expensive too. Getting a head start on Christmas shopping and snaffling a bargain at the same time is always high on everyone’s list. Black Friday sees a flurry of sales from all the well-known online portals and (after last year’s lockdown) we expect to see a revived burst of high street stores offering some great deals in store again. As with any sale shopping, make sure you are discount savvy and that the not-to-be-missed bargain really is a great deal! Black Friday isn’t limited to the bigger brands though. In fact, there’s always some wonderful offers at most smaller businesses at this time so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the little places you love.

Christmas is coming!

3. Support Small and Love Your Local with Small Business Saturday

When: 4th December

During lockdown we all thought a little bit more about shopping local and supporting smaller businesses. It’s a choice many people continue to make especially as the gift buying season begins. Small Business Saturday is the first Saturday in December where lots of lovely small businesses host events and offer products and services. If you’re keen to add a bit more meaning into the gifts you choose and want to delve deeper into what you’re buying and where it’s from, this is a super place to start.

Whether it’s selecting from oodles of handmade gifts, sourcing your Christmas dinner essentials from local farmers shops, or getting gift vouchers for experiences they’re sure to enjoy like Chocolate workshops (with yours truly), spending with small businesses who will appreciate it most is a sure-fire way to spread some goodwill this Christmas. If you really want to add a jingle to these small businesses this yuletide, don’t forget to leave a positive review post purchase.

4. Last dates for Pre-Christmas Chocolatey Workshops with me!

When: 4th December onwards

If you’re looking to add some Chocolate festive cheer to your Christmas countdown, I’ve some final dates left for my pre-Christmas Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Making workshops in Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds. It’s a perfect way to get your loved ones together pre or post a Christmas shopping trip or festive meal.

Who can resist making handmade truffles with gorgeous artisan chocolate and jolly Christmas tunes? Your handmade truffles can be eaten immediately or saved for a wonderfully thoughtful (and tasty) Christmas gift – we’ll let you decide! Decisions, decisions!

Check out available pre-Christmas Deluxe Chocolate-Making Workshops here...

Last chance for a Christmas Chocolate Workshop

5. Don’t Miss the Post! Dates to Ensure Safe Christmas Delivery

When: 17th December onwards for UK delivery

It’s Santa’s favourite way to correspond, so don’t miss the post! Whether you need to get your letter to the north pole or post your handwritten Christmas cards and gifts to your loved ones, Royal Mail dates are essential ones you’ll need to get in your dairy. Check out the last recommended postal dates here to ensure you don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

6. It’s Chriiiiiiiistmas (officially) When the Kids Break up From School!

When: 20th December onwards

The excitement levels are rising! You can feel the festivity in the air as the kids excitedly countdown to the last day of school. Depending on where you are, term end can be anywhere from the 20th of December. Get ready to say bye-bye to the school run and hello to little faces full of Christmas cheer! Awwww.

7. Get DIY Truffle Kits Delivered to Your Door for a Bit of Festive Family Fun

When: Last orders date: Friday 17th December

Family has arrived, the board games are out, and the Christmas movies are on the telly! If you fancy adding something different to this year’s family gathering why not add a little cocoa to your get-together with our DIY truffle kits? They’re a great multi-generational activity to do over the Christmas period and might just occupy the kids long enough to allow you time to have a sneaky mulled wine (or two). Truffle kits come with everything you need and easy-to-follow instructions. Get yours delivered and treat the family to some chocolatey Christmas fun everyone will love.

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DIY Christmas Chocolate Truffle Kits

8. Last Minute Christmas Gifts

When: 24th December (if you dare leave it that late!)

With a sleighful of social events and festive cheer hitting diaries and keeping everyone busy you’ll be forgiven if you tend to be a last-minute shopper. Last minute shopping doesn’t mean defaulting to next day delivery on a whole host of ‘meh’ gifts though. With the abundance of Christmas markets and small independent shops nestled right on your doorstep, why not add some local charm to your gift buying by heading up to the high street and checking them out. You won’t have to wait (or pay) for delivery, and you’ll be surprised what treasures you can find.

Gift vouchers are another super easy (and quick) way to gift something wonderful without any extra fuss. We can provide Chocolate Collective Truffle Making Workshop vouchers right up to the big day. Simply print off the voucher and pop in your recipient’s Christmas card. No more mad dash to the petrol station on Christmas Eve. Not that you’d do that anyway, right?

9. Christmas Day! Hurrah

When: 25th December

And relax. As Christmas arrives in all its holly jolly splendour, I hope your stockings are full to the brim and your homes are filled with love, family and of course a sprinkling of cocoa this year.