Autumn is in the air, the nights are drawing in and Christmas will be here before you know it. Here are a few pubs that mark the occasion a little differently...

1. Help the homeless


Loads of pubs put others before profits when it comes to Christmas. The Nags Head in Manchester is one of many that has opened on Christmas Day to feed the homeless for free and provide clothing and shelter.

 

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2. Be a chocolate genius

Christmas at Ye Old Sun Inn in Colton, North Yorkshire, would not be Christmas without one of chef-owner Ashley McCarthy's incredible creations. Over the years scenes have included Frozen, Alice in Wonderland and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with money (and the chocolate) being donated to the Martin House Hospice for children.

 

3. Go for Number One

The Woodstock Arms didn't quite get to the top of the download charts with its festive offering a couple of years back but the Oxfordshire local had great fun recording the Jingle Bells. They made it in honour of 89-year-old regular Pete Adams, who was born in the pub.

 

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4. Go over the road for one

Even a devastating fire at The Bell in Parkham, Devon, couldn't stop Christmas. Licensees Michaela and Rachel Sanders started trading from the village hall while the pub was closed for repairs and celebrated with a special Christmas lunch for loyal locals.

 

5. Impress the nationals

With its "lavish decorations and festive fare" plus an annual guided walk through the village before Christmas lunch, the Shibden Mill Inn in West Yorkshire was recommended by The Times as one of the pubs to visit at that most wonderful time of the year.

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Christmas is traditionally in December, right? Not at the Bedford Tavern in Brighton. They held a three-day Christmas weekend in June 2014, with full on decorations, Christmas parties, dinner and even an appearance from Santa (who probably isn't so busy at that time of year).

 

7. Add some sparkle to your food

The Fox Under the Hill pub in South-East London literally did that by infusing their gravy with sparkly edible glitter. The festive look went well with turkey and all the trimmings according to locals.

 

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8. Tree-mendous

The Churchill Arms in Kensington, London, was hard to miss last Christmas. With 92 Christmas trees, 21,000 lights, and a garland over the front door it claimed to be the most Christmassy pub in Britain.

 

9. Snow business

As the highest pub in the country at more than 500m above sea level the Tan Hill has had its fair share of snow-ins over the year, with one lasting for 11 days. It's no wonder Waitrose featured them in a Christmas advert, which, of course, focusses on a snow in.

 

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10. A ginger look

Mark Walton said it was "a drink with fellow nutters" that inspired him to turn the Queen Victoria at Priddy, Somerset, into a giant gingerbread house complete with sweets plastered all over the pub for Christmas. Almost good enough to eat.