A magical place to visit this Christmas
When the temperature drops and there is a frost in the air, there is no better time to venture to England's largest village.
Cottingham is known for its dazzling Christmas lights display, attracting thousands into the village for its festive spirit and a glass of mulled wine.
But aside from that, it also offers a wide range of shops.
The centre is a bustling hive of activity with plenty to choose from.
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The winding streets contain many independent shops, perfect for finding unique gifts for that extra-special someone, or hand-made cards to really show you care when you send your Christmas wishes to friends and family.
There are many chain stores and supermarkets too, to pick up your tree and dash for your decorations to deck the halls.
Don't forget your wrapping paper and tags – get started now so you are ready for when visitors drop by.
Now is the time to choose that Christmas bird so browse the various butchers for your traditional turkey and put your orders in early.
Many greengrocers offer local, organic vegetables, with carrots fit for Santa's reindeer.
Not only are you getting great quality produce, you are supporting local trade.
While shopping, don't let yourself get run-down. Stop for a refill at the many local pubs for a hearty meal.
If good old pub grub doesn't grab you, there is a selection of restaurants.
Choose from local ales, wines, soft drinks or pop into a coffee shop for a caffeine boost.
Alternatively, to get out of the cold and really teach the kids about the message of Christmas, there are various welcoming churches.
Step inside for carol services running over the Christmas period.
While you are sorting treats for the rest of the family, do not forget about yourself.
There are many options to pamper yourself, with beauty salons offering manicures, massages or the whole works.
Wind down and get your hair preened before the party season starts – there are a selection of hairdressers to choose from, whether you are after simple trim or a show-stopping new style for your Christmas do.