There is an air of excitement building as we look ahead to Christmas 2013. The economy is showing signs of recovery, new stores are throwing open their doors in Norwich and shoppers are out early seeking out the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But as we immerse ourselves in the excitement of Christmas, the parties, the delicious food, the shopping and quality time with friends and family, we must not forget the real meaning behind Christmas. Here we bring you a round up of Christmas news, the top 10 toys list for this year, details of the festive light switch-on ceremonies and timings for the special church services that take place at this time of year. We also want to celebrate the selfless actions of those who work tirelessly over the festive season to help those who are less fortunate.

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Christmas News

EDP reporter Kathryn Cross learning how to make sausages, with Creake Abbey head butcher Lisa Scothern. Picture: Ian Burt

Festive food at Creake Abbey comes with a twist

When Lisa Scothern turned the handle of the sausage maker her years of experience showed.

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The first ever Christmas Tree festival held at St John the Baptist Church in Reedham.

Picture: James Bass

Christmas tree festival shines at Reedham church

The historic church of St John the Baptist in Reedham has been sparkling with festive fairy lights this weekend at its first Christmas Tree Festival.

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Festive attractions include Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench. Picture: BBC.

Opinion: Give us some decent Christmas TV this year

Auntie Beeb has announced her Christmas line-up and it’s packed with comedy, drama and plenty of festive specials you probably haven’t been waiting for. EDP TV reviewer Stacia Briggs flicks through the festive listings.

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Christmas events See all

Christmas events guide preview

Christmas events guide

There's so much going on in Norfolk this Christmas. Make sure you don't miss out

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Our favourite Christmas songs

Christmas in Norwich

Christmas Galleries

Gorleston high street Christmas lights switch on.
November 2014. 

Picture: James Bass

Photo gallery: Festive feeling at Gorleston’s Christmas lights switch on 2014

With hats, hoods and umbrellas, a big crowd headed to Gorleston High Street for this year’s Christmas lights switch on.

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