WINTERY evenings were made for snuggling up on the sofa, hot chocolate beside you and a good book in your hands.
Fortunately then, city author Carole Matthews has a new festive winter-warmer on offer for fans of her dazzling novels – a book that has been making its mark on the bestseller charts.
With Love at Christmas is set in Stony Stratford and follows Juliet Joyce as she prepares for Christmas with her family.
She adores theseasonal time – the presents, the tree, the tinsel – but this year things are starting to get out of hand.
Her well-meaning but chaotic family all have their own issues to contend with, but all Juliet wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled with love at Christmas...
But with the big day fast approaching, can Juliet stop things spiralling out of control?
A fab, festive read – complete with local landmarks!
TREAT yourself to a wonderful evening of favourite melodies and seasonal Christmas songs on Sunday – and help worthwhile causes at the same time.
The fabulous James Goff and his Big Band, together with superb vocalist Jeannie Dee will enchant and entertain with the annual Stony Stratford Lions Club Big Band concert at Stantonbury Campus Theatre.
All proceeds will go towards supporting The Lions charities.
Tickets are £12 (£10 for concessions), doors open at 6.45pm, for a 7.30pm start.
Call MK 324422 or book online at www.stantonbury.org.uk.
THE Carlton House hosts the Olney Jazz Club’s Crimbo party on Tuesday.
Popular Northampton band The Nighthawks bring their own distinctive repertoire of blues, jazz and r&b to the town with guitar, bass drums and great vocals – not hugely festive but definitely not to be missed.
Tickets are a mere £6 and can be purchased from The Carlton House Club, High St, Olney.
Show time is 8pm.
ON Saturday visitors will have the ultimate Christmas experience at Frosts Garden Centre – not only will Santa and his reindeer be present and correct but so will the cast of MK Theatre’s Cinderella.
Youngsters can pose for pictures with the festive characters during the free event at the Woburn Sands location, running between 10am and 4pm.
THESong Loft in Stony Stratford is offering a Seasonal Bash (a Christmas party by any other name) tomorrow evening.
Songs, nibbles and maybe some silly games, in exchange for just £2 entry.
Fun is guaranteed at the Cock Hotel from 8.15pm.
Visit www.thesongloft.co.uk for more information.
IF you fancy a bit of song this evening, make tracks to this month’s Sing For Joy session, happening from 7.30pm at the Chrysalis Theatre (lower level) in Willen.
Everyone is welcome.
Get more details by calling MK 968161.
MK CHORALE head back to the beautiful Newport Pagnell Church of St Peter and St Paul on Saturday, for A Concert for Advent.
Music will include A Ceremony of Carols by Britten, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams.
A variety of fabulous music for choir, audience, brass and harp will also feature.
Tom Appleton will conduct: “Fantasia...was first heard in 1912 and, 100 years on, the Chorale hopes to bring fresh life to the work,” he said,
Tickets are £10, falling to just £2 for children and students.
Call the box office on MK 617697.
Show time is 7.30pm.