£20 million brought into Bath

Organisers of Bath's Christmas Market are celebrating their best year yet with visitor numbers reaching 370,000

Mistletoe in abundance

Fans of mistletoe can thank the heatwave for a generous crop of mistletoe this Christmas

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Christmas tree forest springs up in Bristol

The family Christmas tree can spread joy for a little while longer thanks to this temporary forest Credit: ITV News West Country

Christmas trees donated by Bristol residents have become part of a temporary forest on Bristol's Harbourside.

It's an art project called Second Chance, which originated in Prague. The exhibition featuring the donated trees can be seen next to the Lloyds Amphitheatre throughout January.

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Church opened just for Christmas

The church in the deserted village of Imber on Salisbury Plain will be open over the Christmas period.

Visitors can look around St Giles Church between December the 27th and January the 5th between 11am and 4pm each day.

The village was abandoned when the army took it over in 1943 to use it for D-Day training, forcing residents to move out, never to return.

It's been used for military purposes ever since, with access granted to the public a few times each year.

Imber Church on Salisbury Plain will be open over the Christmas period.

Last minute shoppers battle the weather

Despite the atrocious weather, thousands have been pounding the pavements of the region's high streets for those last minute Christmas presents.

The credit card company Visa predicts that shoppers across the UK will have spent £1.2 billion on its cards alone. That's more than £862,000 a minute.

In Swindon camels were also vying with the pre-Christmas sales for the shoppers attention.

Robert Murphy reports:-

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Bath's Christmas market brings in more than £20m

Organisers say the Christmas market has been a huge success Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of this year's Christmas Market in Bath say it's helped attract more than 370,000 visitors, bringing more than £20m of business to the city.

The market closed yesterday after 18 days. It caused major traffic problems, but brought a huge boost to small traders.

Imber open for Christmas

The deserted village of Imber on Salisbury Plain will be open over Christmas. People will be able to visit St Giles Church between December 27th and January 5th. The army took over the village of Imber in 1943. It's been used for military purposes ever since.

The village of Imber on Salisbury Plain will be open over the Christmas period Credit: ITV News West Country
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