December's here already and, of course, that means the countdown to Christmas is officially underway.
It also means the start of ITV's Text Santa campaign which will see fundraising events across the country between now and the big ITV show on 18 December.
To launch the festivities we decided to help out at a pub quiz, and who better to host it than our very own master of ceremonies, Simon Parkin.
Teams at the Silver Fern in Warsash got into the competitive Christmas spirit and were pitted against each other in a test of general knowledge, sport and entertainment.
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At Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham is looking for the right Father Christmas for the Abbey. It's a highly sought after part, as those who turn up for the audition include Brenda Blethyn as Vera.
In Brighton, when shoppers walk down the pavement their footsteps make the Christmas lights shine and sparkle.
For one week, the footsteps of 41,000 shoppers will power 400 Christmas tree lights along the street. Kinetic energy is converted to renewable energy.
The Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is promoting small businesses in the city.
Alesha Dixon took to the Lanes in Brighton to help promote the nation’s small,independent shops in the run-up to Small Business Saturday, 5 December.
The Britain's Got Talent judge visited Brighton to promote small businesses. A power-generating pavement has been installed along Meeting House Lane. It's one of the country's oldest, bustling independent High Streets.
When shoppers walk down the pavement their footsteps make the Christmas lights shine and sparkle.
For one week, the footsteps of 41,000 shoppers will light up 400 Christmas tree lights along the street. The kinetic energy harnessed by the footsteps is converted into renewable energy.
He's been responsible for some of the most iconic set designs in theatre, now John Napier has brought his new exhibition to Sussex.Read the full story ›
The Isle of Wight is well-known for its festivals, but now it's been officially recognised at a national awards ceremony.
Bestival has been named as best major festival at this year's UK Festival awards.
The Isle of Wight Festival has picked up Best Headliner and Best Family Festival accolades.
"Oh crikey, Bestival HQ is in a psychedelic hangover fug today as news sinks in of our win last night at the Festival Awards. To win Best Major Festival in 2015 is testament to our incredibly faithful Bestivalites who come back year in year out, but also the likes of Missy, the Chems and Duran Duran for lighting up the skies, and mostly our tirelessly devoted staff and crew who make it all come together. This awards for all you guys…my mantelpiece is full already!"
He's best known for starring in Neighbours - as well as an 80s pop career and lead roles in musicals like Joseph.
But Jason Donovan - who has a home in Oxfordshire - is now embarking on a nationwide series of concerts. His Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits tour will take him to Guildford, Brighton, Oxford and Southampton in the New Year.
He's been speaking to Lauren Hall - and told her that a reunion with Kylie Minogue MAY be on the cards.
Elton John has been confirmed as the opening night headline act at the Henley Festival next year.Read the full story ›
Emmerdale is running a storyline where Ashley Thomas, the programme's clergyman played by John Middleton, is diagnosed with vascular dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society says it's hoped it will get more people talking about the second most common cause of dementia and its impact on those affected. Gaynor Barnes has more.
Tributes are being paid to popular Elvis impersonator Melvyn Barney - known as Elvis Melvis. The 52 passed away suddenly earlier this month at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The singer from Reading was often seen performing solo - or with his band The All Shook Up Elvis Tribute band.