So that was Christmas…

ALL good things must come to an end.

Despite the best intentions of Wizzard, it isn’t Christmas every day, however much we all wish it was.

And come January it’s back to reality with a bump. Work beckons, the kids are back at school, the days are getting longer.

So let Pines and Needles ease those post-Yuletide blues by letting us take care of your tree’s disposal.

Pines and Needles offer three services.

The BUDGET collection costs £29.95 and enables us to remove your undecorated tree from outside your property. You will receive a text message confirmation with your driver’s details on the day of collection.

For £5 more you can enjoy the STANDARD collection where you choose the date and time for collection. We will collect your tree, collect your mess and recycle it – just make you’ve removed everything from it first.

Finally, for £64.95 we offer our PREMIUM collection where, once again, you choose your preferred date and time.

A text message confirmation with your driver’s details will be sent on the day.

We take all of the decorations off the tree, wrap them in tissue and boxes, undress the lights and stow them away, clean up all the fallen needles and remove the tree for recycling.

See, it’s that easy.

And, just think, it a few months time it’ll be Christmas all over again…

Skating your way into Christmas

Ice Skating is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas coming, and there’s no better place to do it than London. We’ve hunted high and low for the prettiest and most popular places to skate, and here’s the list!

Tower of London

Another stunning backdrop of the Tower itself, it’s located in a dry moat! You can’t beat the beautifully historic trip down memory lane, and adding in the festivities makes it all the more special!

Broadgate Ice Rink

After moving to Exchange square a couple of years ago Broadgate is now one of the most popular ice rinks in London. You can book as groups, or even lessons, it’s the perfect place to spend a few hours at the weekend!

 

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Looking for that perfect Instagram photo? This ice rink is the answer! Situated with the perfect Hampton Court Palace behind it, it is the perfect place for that photographic moment!

Natural History Museum

Another beautiful backdrop, the Natural History Museum was the first to turn festive in London this year. The gorgeous tree, mixed with the beautiful fairy lights and stunning building can’t help but make you feel festive. There’s even a smaller rink for children who may need a little bit of practise before braving the big rink!

Winter Wonderland

In the centre of London’s most festive park, the Winter Wonderland ice rink screams ‘Santa’s coming’ louder than Will Ferell in Elf. So if you fancy a bustling festive park with a whole heap of different Christmas acitivites, Winter Wonderland is the place for you!

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Situated right in the middle of the business district, this one is perfect for after-hours skating! Teamed with a pop-up bar and restaurant it’s the perfect end to a working day, get skating!

 

Somerset House

The epitome of Christmas in London, when you think Ice RInk you think Somerset House. Beautifully decorated by Fortnum & Mason, the lodge offers afternoon tea’s, champagne and club nights! It’s definitely THE place to be this season.

 

Making sure your tree survives Christmas!

JOHN Terry has done it, Holly Willoughby has done it twice, Britney Spears did it again, obviously, and Kelly Osbourne even climbed a ladder to do it.
Don’t be left behind with dressing your Christmas Tree. Now is the time to get festive and imaginative.
But it’s not just about baubles, lights and tinsel…how do you ensure your tree survives Christmas without withering away to a sad, barren collection of branches?
Especially when the biggest trend of 2016 has been to get the tree up even earlier in some of the most wintry conditions we have had in years.
Yes the heating is on full blast all day as frosty scenes charm outside – tough conditions for your tree out of its cool outdoor environment.
Preservation of the Pine is everything this year but we have all the tips you need to keep your fir looking fabulous all the way through the festivities.
But do take more care than usual and follow our advice.
Here’s our guide to ensuring your tree is still looking the business come the 12th Day of Christmas.
TRIM THE TRUNK: Just before you plant your tree, saw off 3cm from the bottom. This enables the tree to ‘drink’ water through its pores.
TEMPER YOUR TEMPERATURE: Trees don’t like drastic changes in temperature.
STEP AWAY FROM THE FIRE: Trees don’t do heat. So don’t place your finest fir right next to a radiator or open fire. Keep it fresh.
KEEP IT WATERED: Place your tree in plain water – not soil, not sand. Opt for a proper Christmas Tree stand.
GET THE PINTS IN: Your tree drinks. A lot. Two to three pints per day should do the trick. And keep topping it up if the levels drop.

25 SLEEPS

Oh my goodness, Christmas is well and truly on it’s way!

Everything from a grease-stained Christmas pudding recipe from your grandma’s cupboard, an old stocking handed down through the family and that sad looking angel you’ve had since you were five screams Christmas tradition, and it’s these things that make Christmas so incredibly special.

The excitement can officially start now there’s just 25 sleeps to go!

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-08-26-02Obviously, we’re full of festive spirit 365 days a year, but if you need some encouragement to get in the spirit of things, it’s worth remembering all those precious moments that make your Christmas fabulous. It’s the times that are stained on your memory, that you will pass down to future generations that make Christmas all the more exciting.

At Pines and Needles we’re here to help you with the lot – your one-stop-shop for all things Christmas.

Browse, be inspired, join the party!

Visit our stores on the 4th December to celebrate National Cookie Day

Get a cookie while you shop!

Keeping the little ones entertained this Christmas

It’s always a difficult task. The little ones are off school, you have a million things to do but want to make sure you make the most of the festive season with the family. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in London for Christmas this year – and every one of them is catered to your kids! Enjoy…

Winter Wonderland

Not just a Christmas Market, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is filled with Christmas activities including a giant ferris wheel, circus shows and a trip to Santa’s house! It’s also filled with restaurants and bars to keep the adults happy… a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Kew Gardens

The botanical gardens turn into a Christmas wonderland. The whole gardens are lit up, with a vintage carousel, Santa’s grotto and huge Christmas trees provided by us! It’s definitely worth a trip to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Somerset House Ice Rink

The Fortnum and Mason ice rink has something for adults and children! Pop your skates on for the ultimate in icy fun, or sit and watch with a huge hot chocolate!

The Enchanted Christmas House

Take a trip through a winter wonderland, starting with a Christmas garden and leading into the elves workshop, the gingerbread kitchen, the Genies Christmas cave and finish in Santa’s grotto!

Huskey & Donkey Rides

When visiting the Wetland Centre, the little ones can have a free huskey or donkey ride to get them in the Christmas spirit! You can also meet Santa, and his elves!

Black Firday

Looking to get Christmas in the bag this Black Friday? We’ve got you covered! We’ve planned a huge offer for you all, meaning that you get over £100 off our full decoration service!

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We love to share our offers with everyone. Looking for a little tree for your living room? We have 10% off when you spend £100! Just use code BF10.

After something a little more extravagant? If you spend over £200 we’re giving you a cracking 20% off when you use code BF20.

Feeling super-festive? If you spend just £300 on our website, we’re handing you 30% off with the code BF30.

We’ve got your back. Christmas tree? It’s in the van!

“Silent Night, Holy Night…”

Christmas carols are the epitome of Christmas, and when you live in London you’re never far from a sing-a-long! Here’s a list of what’s going on when this year so you can join in.

The Place2Be Christmas Carol Service

Tuesday 29th November, St Lukes Chelsea.

Carols in aid of the Place2Be Charity, but make sure you book!

Eltham Palace Carol Concert

Wednesday 7th December Eltham Palace Eltham

Alternative Christmas Carols

Tuesday 13th December, Granary Square Kings Cross

Now get practising your words and we’ll see you in the crowd!

Top 5 London Christmas Markets

Christmas in Leicester Square

11th November – 8th January

Incorporating a Grotto and traditional Christmas markets Christmas in Leister Square will be the ultimate festive activity.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

11th November – 25th January

Nothing says London like a Christmas Market alongside the Thames. Embrace the festive spirit, pop on your winter warmers and have a wander!

The Tate Modern

The Tate will be completely covered in tasteful decorations, and surrounded by wooden chalets filled with unique Christmas gifts.

Winter Wonderland

18th November – 2nd January

The long-awaited Winter Wonderland is back in business! Takikng over Hyde Park is the ultimate in festive, feel good activities. From a trip to the ice bar, an observation wheel and even the nutcracker on ice!

Greenwich Christmas Moonlight Market

16th December 10am – 11pm

Take a trip to Greenwich to enjoy the beautiful market, and even add in an extra trip to our Greenwich store to choose your tree.

Food for Thought

We know Christmas. From the perfect tree right to the perfect decorations, we live and breathe the festive season all year round. One of our favourite parts of the holiday (excluding the trees of course!) is the array of themed food that makes it’s way onto our shelves. Those favourite ‘red-cups’ sneak into the stores, and the flavours start to adapt a Christmas blend.

Ad it’s not just coffee. From burgers to ice cream, festivities show themselves everywhere, and we’re counting down our favourites!

Burgers

Nando’s have added cranberry to their standard chicken burger as a festive treat! Even KFC have entered the realms of festive food and created a limited edition burger. If you live in London, there’s a sea of burger restaurants dipping their toes in the trend!

Coffee

The long awaited Gingerbread latte is back in business at Starbucks! Alongside a toffee nut latte and some incredible sounding hot chocolates, and all served in a festive red cup to get you in the mood.

Costa have bought a little bit of Christmas Jumper magic to their cups this year. Filled with flavours such as Salted Caramel Cappuccino and even a Lindt hot chocolate, they’re sure to get your feeling festive.

Supermarkets

M&S have upped their game this year, from bucks fizz flavoured chips, to wreath shaped blocks of cheese and three bird sausage rolls they’ve gone all out this year! This isn’t just a Christmas…

Afternoon Tea

Our friends over the The Resident (LINK) have put together a fab list of London’s top Christmas themed afternoon teas, ranging from The Ritz to The Lanesborough!

http://www.theresident.co.uk/food-drink-london/top-places-christmas-afternoon-tea/

Looking for something a little bit unique? Not On The High Street have the best selection of Christmas food, ranging from alcoholic mulled wine humbugs to a Christmas dinner in a match box, it’s perfect for this time of year!

If you live in London, check out this list of the best Christmas restaurant menus!

http://www.hot-dinners.com/Features/Hot-Dinners-recommends/london-s-best-2016-christmas-food-specials-sandwiches-burgers-and-lots-more

Crackers for Christmas

No Christmas table is complete without the addition of some legendary crackers, and it was the one and only Tom Smith who bought them to us back in 1847.

Taking a bit of inspiration from the Bon Bon, and a lot of inspiration from Paris, crackers started out with a twisted end, filled with a love note and a sugared almond. Smith then developed these into the toy-filled crackers we know and love today!

There’s nothing like the bang of a cracker to start a party, and Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without having to clean up paper hats for days.

At Pines and Needles we value the history of products, as well as the quality. This is why Tom Smith is our main crackers supplier. We don’t just love his crackers, we love his story too!

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You know the drill…

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