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Get ready for Christmas at City Lit

Story added 18th Oct 2017

Enter into the festive spirit with City Lit

Trying to make Christmas perfect for friends or family can be a stressful experience – particularly when it comes to buying gifts and festive food and drink.

That’s why we’re running some great food and drink courses this Christmas to help take some of the pressure off and allow you to start entering into the Christmas spirit.

If you're looking to give that special someone something extra special this year, why not make a homemade gift this Christmas. Browse our Christmas craft courses below for inspiration...

Here’s just a few courses designed to help alleviate any stress and make sure your festive preparations go as smoothly as possible.


Festive food and drink: tips to help you get ready for Christmas


Mon 13 Nov: Introduction to tea (10am – 1pm)

There's little that can beat a piping hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day in the run-up to Christmas. In this fun interactive class, discover why the Brits are still in love their tea. The history of tea is endlessly fascinating, and on this course you can learn more about how it is produced and the difference between teas. Always wondered how to make the perfect cuppa? This is the perfect course for you...

Fri 17 Nov:  Fantastic fizz (6pm - 9pm)

A bottle of carefully-chosen bubbly is the perfect way to toast friends and family at Christmas, and this course will give you an insight into the different types of champagnes and sparkling wines that you can impress your guests with this Christmas. Sample eight sparklers from prosecco, cava, cremant, champagne and new world, as we explore different methods of production and how subtle changes can shape flavour and fizz.

Sun 19 Nov: Chocolate tasting (2:30pm – 4pm)

Chocolate is known as the 'food of the gods' so why not treat yourself at this relaxed tasting session - it's Christmas, after all! Ideal for chocoholics everywhere, this course will help you to become a true chocolate connoisseur before the session ends with the chance to try out a delicious range of samples.

Fri 24 Nov:  South American fiesta (6:30pm – 8:30pm)

Looking for inspiration for your Christmas wine shop? Discover a flavour of South America on this informative course, part of the City Lit Wine Club series. Chile and Argentina in particular are known their flavoursome wines – this course will develop your understanding of local grape varieties.

Fri 15 Dec  - Christmas crackers: festive wine (6:30pm – 8:30pm)

Join us the week before the big Christmas getaway to help you make your final selections ahead of the big day.  Which wine will go best with your Christmas dinner? Try a selection of red, white and sparkling wine to make sure you've got every palate covered over the holiday season.

Wed 20 Dec -  Christmas beer tasting (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

We know not everyone enjoys a drop of wine over the Christmas period – if beer is more of your tipple, this course will allow you to make some informed decisions as to the best buys for this Christmas period.  Learn which beers match with your favourite festive foods, and sample five different beers.


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Make homemade Christmas gifts with City Lit

Christmas crafts

Looking to spread tidings of comfort and joy this Christmas?

Buying Christmas presents can be stressful. If you still have no idea what to buy your loved ones this Christmas and don’t want to leave it until 11pm on Christmas, we’ve got the ideal solution.

Why not relax into the festive season on some of these crafty courses where you can leave your course with a new skill and a thoughtful homemade Christmas gift perfect for that special someone in your life…

Here are some crafty courses to help you get inspired ahead of the big day…


Crochet for beginners - 18 November, Saturday, 3 sessions, 10:30-16:30

Picture framing and mounting - 19 November 2017, Sunday, 4 sessions, 10:00-17:00

How it works: weaving in willow - 21 November 2017, Tuesday, 4 sessions, 10:30-16:45     

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