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Merry August 29th: Shoppers stunned at Cambridge Tesco's early Christmas tree

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It's a debate that surfaces every year: how early is too early to put up your Christmas tree?

Well even those most eager for the festive season would probably agree that one Tesco store in Cambridge has been a bit premature.

Shoppers at the Newmarket Road branch took to social media to express their shock after spotting a 25ft tree being decorated... on August 29th.

But Tesco was quick to clear up the confusion. It said the tree was put up "purely for the purposes of recording a Christmas advert".

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Building a 24-year Christmas tradition with Lego

For 24 years it has been a Christmas tradition to build a giant Lego model. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Huntingdon have built up an unusual festive tradition over the past quarter of a century.

Mike Addis and Catherine Weightman build a giant Lego model each year in the run-up to Christmas.

They have made something different each year for the past 24 years. This year's theme is a Victorian doll's house at Christmas.

They were helped with the huge construction project by their great niece and great nephew Kitty and Beau Pollard.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Keeping the streets safe for revellers this Christmas

Street Pastors at work on the streets of Peterborough.

Christmas is fast approaching and office parties are still in full swing. But alongside the fun and frolics - there is the fallout.

Many towns and cities in the Anglia region have volunteer groups on the lookout for those in need of a bit of help.

In Peterborough they're called the Street Pastors, a Christian organisation which has been operating on the streets of the city since 2008.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes who spent the night on the streets with the Street Pastors

Surprise gifts to bring Christmas cheer to strangers

Trish Abbott from Norfolk leaves free homemade presents in public places. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The festive season is a time for giving presents to our nearest and dearest but one woman from Norfolk gets a buzz out of bringing festive cheer to complete strangers.

Trish Abbott from Reedham leaves free homemade presents in public places and her idea has spread across the world.

All year round she makes gifts for people she'll never meet. Parks, shopping centres, buses, trains - wherever Trish goes her bag of gifts goes with here. Over the years she's left hundreds of home made presents.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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Dogs pose for pictures with Santa Paws

It's not just children who are visiting Santa this Christmas Credit: ITV News Anglia

Canines in Christmas jumpers have been getting into the festive spirit in Norwich.

Pets posed for photos with their owners at Santa's Grotto for Dogs outside The Forum.

The cuddly dogs posed for pictures Credit: ITV News Anglia

Santa's helpers handing out treats to the dogs who were well-behaved.

The rather quirky idea helps raise money for RSPCA Norfolk.

They love it!

The costumes that the dogs wear are absolutely phenomenal, some of the dogs do do a second take at doggy Santa but they do settle down and everyone can take their own photos and send them to friends and family so the social media goes crazy afterwards its amazing.

– Tammy Clarke, RSPCA

Busiest day before Christmas at Stansted Airport

The departures board at Stansted Airport. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Today is set to be one of the busiest days of the year at Stansted Airport - with more than 40,000 people flying off to 170 destinations ahead of Christmas.

But it will be topped just a few days later - on December 30 - when even more passengers will travel out of the Essex terminal.

In total nearly one million people will use the airport between December 18 and January 2.

Trains and roads are also likely to be very busy.

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