Five special cheeses for Christmas

Go for something more exciting than your usual stilton and cheddar

Recipe: three ways to spruce up brussels sprouts

Overcooking sprouts is the ultimate festive crime, but it doesn’t stop most of us doing it year on year.

The best wines for Christmas 2017

A guide to this year’s best value supermarket wines

Cigars: the ultimate gift guide

How to pick out the perfect cigar for the smoker in your life

This Christmas, I’m standing up to Zoella

The platitude is invariably: ‘Be yourself!’ Which sounds great – if ‘being yourself’ means buying her cosmetics, bath bombs and tatty handbags.

Why brandy is the true spirit of Christmas

Plus a selection of the best brandies to sample this festive season

Perfect presents for foodies

The ultimate gift guide for keen cooks and enthusiastic gourmands

Recipe: Christmas stollen

The advent calendars are out – and that means it’s also time for this delicious festive fruit bread

Go free range for turkey delight this Christmas

Olivia Potts visits one of Britain’s most outstanding turkey farms

Where to get your skates on

The best ice rinks in Britain for Christmas 2017

The finest festive bolt-holes in Britain

Luxurious ways to avoid the Christmas madness

The best carol and Christmas concerts in Britain

A guide to where to go for festive music this December

The best advent calendars for Christmas 2017

A selection of extravagant, edible and traditional calendars for the festive season

Christmas sandwiches 2017: the best and worst

This year’s turkey sandwiches and veggie options tasted and rated

Christmas 2017: 10 family shows to book right now

From pantomimes to Dickens, festive productions for all ages

Beers to boost your hygge in 2017

A selection of fine beers to settle down by the fireside with

A Chinese take on your leftover turkey

How to make delicious dumplings out of your Christmas leftovers

How to make the ultimate leftovers pie

Turn your leftover turkey and ham into a spectacular pie on Boxing Day

How to make last-minute fudge

The holy grail of eleventh hour Christmas presents

Martini is the king of Christmas cocktails

The three-martini lunch is a tradition worth reviving during the festive season

The flavours of Christmas past

From pigeon pie to ‘Twelfth Night’ cake, our festive culinary history is rich and eclectic

The jockeys’ guide to staying thin this Christmas

Britain’s top jockeys share their tips for avoiding piling on the pounds

Stock up on rum for a sweet and spicy Christmas

The pirates’ favourite makes for an ideal post-dinner snifter

How to make beer-infused mince pies

Award-winning pastry chef Eric Lanlard shares his recipe for boozy mince pies