1. 'Christmas garden' lights display to end 'rubbish year'

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A 17-year-old boy who has put up a free Christmas lights display by himself has said he hopes it gives people something to smile about after a "rubbish year".

    Dan Noall, a trainee electrician, said it took him three weeks to put the display up at Bodriggy Court, Hayle.

    House covered in bright Christmas lights

    He said manufacturing the lights is a family business and the display is in its 23rd year -but this is the first year they have "gone public", making it bigger and brighter and sharing on social media.

    "We've had a lot of positive reactions - hundreds of likes... The Angarrack lights display isn't happening this year and we are kind of like the mini Angarrack," he said.

    NHS and rainbow lights

    Sheena Collick who lives in the town said: "A lot of us in Hayle have named it the Christmas garden...Such lovely people and it makes me proud to live here!" she said.

    Dan Noall said he wanted the display to be Covid-safe and a planned switch-on procession they had hoped for will be delayed until Christmas 2021.

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Christmas: Drive-thru market saves festive German tradition

    Nearly all of the country's famous markets have been cancelled due to lockdown measures meant to stem the virus in Germany.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Covid: Parents torn over early Christmas school closure plan

    A trade union says schools should break up early to avoid people having to isolate over Christmas.

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Covid: 'We need to reduce coronavirus spread before Christmas'

    Wales' first minister to shut indoor entertainment venues under new coronavirus restrictions.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Covid in Scotland: School Christmas decision 'coming soon'

    The health secretary says any decision on extending school Christmas holidays will be reached "as soon as we can".

  6. Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter to appear in Christmas show

    Imelda Staunton

    Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter are to perform in a virtual Christmas show featuring music, sketches and festive poetry.

    The married couple, who starred in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey respectively, will appear alongside performers including actresses Minnie Driver and Rosalie Craig, as well as Hamilton actor Giles Terera.

    The performance, which has been organised by the Donmar Warehouse theatre, will be broadcast from St Luke's Church in central London.

    Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Longhurst said: "At the end of a very difficult year for us all, we wanted to bring together a group of incredible artists to celebrate the festive season in true Donmar style.

    "We are thrilled to be creating this concert for the special setting of the Actors' Church - and offer it as a heartfelt thank you to our audiences for their unwavering support this year."

    The performance, titled Looking A Lot Like Christmas, will be streamed for free on Donmar Warehouse's YouTube channel on the evening of 16 December.

    Audience members will be encouraged to donate money to support the theatre's work, with 15% of all money raised going to the Connection at St Martin's homeless charity.