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What are the Coca-Cola Christmas truck 2017 tour dates and where’s it visiting around the UK?

NOTHING marks the start of the festive season like the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck. And the full UK tour has kicked off in Scotland so find out where can see the winter wagon during the run-up…

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NOTHING marks the start of the festive season like the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas truck.

And the full UK tour has kicked off in Scotland so find out where can see the winter wagon during the run-up to the big day. Here’s what we know…

 The Coca-Cola promotion will be sure to get Brits ready for ChristmasCoca-Cola The Coca-Cola promotion will be sure to get Brits ready for Christmas

When will the Coca-Cola tour begin?

Coca-Cola’s unofficial Christmas countdown will commenced on November 11.

It will then stop off at 42 different British locations before reaching the end of its tour on December 17.

Where will the Coca-Cola truck stop?

The truck starts its tour in Glasgow and will be stopping in the following locations:

  • Glasgow, Silverburn Centre – November 11
  • Glasgow, Asda Robroyston – November 12
  • Newcastle, Asda Bolden Collery – November 14
  • Newcastle, Tesco Extra – November 15
  • Swansea, Tesco Extra – November 16
  • Northumberland, Sanderson Arcade – November 16
  • Northumberland, Sanderson Arcade – November 17
  • Bristol, The Mall – November 18
  • Newcastle, Intu Metrocentre – November 18
  • Newcastle, Intu Metrocentre – November 19
  • Cardiff, Queen Street – November 19
  • Plymouth, Drake Circus Shopping Centre – November 21
  • Bradford, Morrison’s Victoria Street – November 21
  • Pudsey, Asda – November 22
  • Gainsborough, Marshalls Yard – November 23
  • Bournemouth, The Triangle – November 23
  • Bournemouth, The Triangle – November 24
  • Leeds, Whiterose Shopping Centre – November 24
  • Hull, St Stephens Shopping Centre – November 25
  • Southampton, Westway Shopping Centre – November 25
  • Southampton, Westway Shopping Centre – November 26
  • Doncaster, Lakeside Village – November 26
  • Sheffield, Fox Valley – November 28
  • Leyton, Asda – November 28
  • Huddersfield, Mccaulay Street – November 29
  • Southend-on-sea, Victoria Circus – November 29
  • Bolton, Middlebrook Retail Park – November 30

 Essex will be the last stop of the Coca-Cola truckCoca-Cola Essex will be the last stop of the Coca-Cola truck

  • Harlow, Market Square – November 30
  • St Helens, Tesco Extra – December 1
  • Ipswich, Asda – December 1
  • Peterborough, Tesco Extra – December 2
  • Manchester, Intu Trafford – December 2
  • Manchester, Intu Trafford – December 3
  • Mansfield, Tesco – December 3
  • Liverpool, Liverpool One – December 5
  • Liverpool, Liverpool One  –  December 6
  • Baldock, Tesco Extra – December 6
  • Watford, Asda – December 7
  • Telford, Telford Shopping Centre – December 7
  • Wembley, London Designer Outlet – December 8
  • Nottingham, Victoria Retail Park – December 8
  • London, Jingle Bell Ball – December 9
  • London, Jingle Bell Ball – December 10
  • Birmingham, Edgbaston Street – December 9
  • Birmingham, Edgbaston Street – December
  • Coventry, Broadgate – December 11
  • Reading, Riverside Shopping Centre -December 13
  • Rushden, Waitrose – December 14
  • Milton Keynes, Xscape – December 15
  • Essex, Lakeside – December 16
  • Essex, Lakeside – December 17

 As well as a winter wonderland adventure, visitors can get their photo taken with the festive vehicleCoca-Cola As well as a winter wonderland adventure, visitors can get their photo taken with the festive vehicle

What happens on the Coca-Cola truck tour?

As a part of the Christmas promotion, visitors will be able to stop off at an enchanted winter wonderland, before having their photos snapped with the famous truck.

Guests will then be provided with a 150ml can of  Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Classic.

And the festive fun doesn’t stop there.

Coca-Cola promises: “For those visiting as the sun sets, the truck really comes to life with a special animation celebrating the magic Coca-Cola brings to Christmas.

“Every truck stop will also include a recycling call-to-action, encouraging consumers to recycle bottles and cans in line with Coca-Cola’s recent ‘Love Story’ recycling advert.”

 If the truck doesn't stop in your city, you can still get your hands on some goodiesCoca-Cola If the truck doesn’t stop in your city, you can still get your hands on some goodies

What if the Coca-Cola truck doesn’t stop near you?

Fizzy drink lovers who don’t live near any of the Coca-Cola creations don’t have to miss out on all the Christmas joy.

Christmas fans can also get involved on Twitter using the #HolidaysAreComing emoji throughout December.

You can also share a festive shot on Snapchat or Instagram, using the Coca-Cola festive filters.

Christmas has come early as the iconic Coca-Cola lorry is spotted for the first time

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Happy Hanukkah 2017! Why is the Jewish festival known as Chanukah and why do we light candles?

HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days. It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need …

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HANUKKAH or Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is celebrated by lighting one candle a day for eight days.

It’s already underway, but how did it first begin? Here’s everything you need to know…

 A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate HanukkahGetty Images A Jewish family sits round the table to celebrate Hanukkah

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in either November or December.

This year the Festival of Lights began on the evening of Tuesday December 12 and ends of the evening of Wednesday December 20.

The holiday begins on the 25th day of Kislev – the ninth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.

Games are often played at Hanukkah, and the most common involves a dreidel (type of spinning top) and is a popular way of helping children to remember the great miracle.

 Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight daysAlamy Jews observe the celebration by lighting one candle a day for eight days

What is the history behind Hanukkah?

The word means ‘rededication’ and honours the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom more than 2,500 years ago.

It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity.

Legend has it the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

King Antiochus had taken control of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and ordered an altar to Zeus to be built.

Judaism and circumcision was banned and pigs were sacrificed.

The Jewish uprising was led by Judah Maccabee and lasted three years until the Maccabees seized Jerusalem.

Judaism’s text the Talmud says only pure olive oil with the seal of the high priest can be used for the Hanukiah.

They wanted to rededicate the temple but could only one container enough for one day.

However, miraculously it stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to get hold of a new supply of kosher oil.

Why do Jews light candles at Hanukkah?

On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit in a menorah (candelabra) called a hanukkiyah.

While one legend says that the one container of oil stayed alight for eight days, another said that the uprising found eight iron spears and put candles in them, and used them for lighting up the temple.

The tradition is celebrated today, and the candles are typically lit left to right and placed in the front windows of houses.

 'Judith Beheading Holofernes' by CaravaggioAlamy ‘Judith Beheading Holofernes’ by Caravaggio

Why is it sometimes called Chanukah?

In Hebrew, Hanukkah is pronounced with the letter ‘chet’ so it sounds like Chanukah.

The chet’s ‘ch’ sound is not enunciated like the ‘ch’ in child – and is more of  a guttural sound.

It can be spelt Chanukah or Hanukkah.

What is traditional Hanukkah food?

Jews traditionally eat fried foods to honour the miracle temple oil.

‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar.

They are from a yeast donut pastry mentioned in the Talmud.

 'Sufganiyot' are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugarGetty Images ‘Sufganiyot’ are round deep-fried jam or custard-filled donuts topped with powdered sugar

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How to cook turkey – size guide and how long it takes to defrost and cook your Christmas dinner in the oven

IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast. Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat o…

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IF you’ve agreed to cook Christmas dinner for your family this year, the pressure is on to make the perfect roast.

Most Brits tuck into turkey on December 25 but, if you only cook this meat once a year, it can be tricky to get it right.

 When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per personGetty Images When it comes to the size of the bird, allow 1lb or 500g per person

What size turkey do I need?

When picking the perfect turkey, you’re considering more than the roast dinner itself.

Part of the fun of Christmas is having enough leftovers for turkey sandwiches in the evening, and maybe a home-made curry or pie the next day.

However, this doesn’t mean you need to panic buy the biggest bird in the store.

This would be unnecessarily expensive and the bigger the bird, the longer it will take to cook.

The general rule of thumb is to allow 1lb, or 500g, per person.

Whole birds are the best value, but crowns are easier to carve – because the legs have already been removed.

 Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the birdGetty Images Your cooking calculations need to take into account time for defrosting, roasting and resting the bird

Is a 12lb bird big enough?

Yes, unless you are cooking for around 12 people.

For a group of six to eight, you’re recommended to buy an 8lb turkey – but some birds grow to much larger than that.

This farm in East Devon produced three 60lb turkeys in 2016. The enormous birds are eight times the average weight of baby born in the UK.

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Get your carb fix thanks to Dean Edwards with a meat feast spaghetti pizza or spinach and ricotta stuffed shells

AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going. Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further. Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza Serves…

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AS CHRISTMAS draws closer and the cold intensifies, don’t forget to get your carb fix to keep you going.

Thanks to Dean Edwards, you need to look no further.

Meat Feast Spaghetti Pizza

Serves 4

Prep time 10 mins

Cooking time 30 mins

Cals 642/ Sat fat 20g

 Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winterLara Holmes Indulge in our meat feast spaghetti pizza this winter

For the sauce

  • 1 red onion, very finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1tsp sugar

For the base

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 60g Parmesan
  • 2 eggs, beaten

For the toppings

  • 1 x 125g mozzarella ball
  • 150g ready-grated mozzarella
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4tbsp Nduja sausage or chorizo
  • 4tbsp mascarpone
  • Fresh basil, to serve

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/gas mark 6. Make the sauce by frying the onion and garlic in a splash of oil for 5 mins. Add the tomatoes and balsamic, then simmer for 5 mins until thickened. Season and add the sugar.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to packet instructions, drain, then place in a bowl with a little oil to stop it sticking. Cool slightly then stir in the Parmesan and eggs. Divide between two greased 8in spring-form cake tins and compress, bringing a little up the sides to form a crust.
  3. Spoon over the tomato sauce and spread evenly, then cover with the mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes and Nduja. Bake for 20 mins.
  4. Rest for a couple of mins then remove the pizzas from the tins, dot on the mascarpone and sprinkle over the basil.
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