The Mall Tavern, Notting Hill, London
Sarah Mitchell, assistant supervisor on the Churchill Arms, Britain’s ‘most festive pub’Each Christmas the Churchill is embellished with a great deal of Christmas bushes and lights. In 2016 we acquired quite a lot of media protection within the UK and overseas, so immediately everybody was speaking about us as probably the most festive pub within the nation. This yr now we have 95 bushes; contained in the partitions are draped with lights and we play Christmas songs on a loop. I find it irresistible, however I feel some workers get sick of listening to Mariah Carey 20 occasions a day. The pub all of us head to after work is the Mall Tavern, two minutes away. It’s fully totally different to the Churchill – we’re a comfy, conventional pub with a hearth, whereas the Mall is a craft-beer gastropub with 20 beers and ales to select from. In the mean time they’ve a beer and burger pop-up with a alternative of about 5 burgers. • 71 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8, themallw8.com, open 24 Dec midday-10.30pm, closed 25th and 26th. The Churchill (119 Kensington Church Road) is open 24 Dec from 11am-midnight, 25th noon-2pm (drinks solely), 26th 11am-11pm
The Cairn Lodge, Carrbridge, the Highlands
Chosen by David McKinney, reindeer herder, Cairngorms Reindeer Centre

A herd on the Cairngorms Reindeer Centre
I take care of our 150 free-ranging reindeer year-round, however Christmas is our busiest time – we lay on actions for youths and typically I’ve to decorate up as an elf. I stay in close by Carrbridge, and my native is the Cairn, within the centre of the village. I’m a Guinness man, however there are some good beers on faucet – together with from the native Cairngorm brewery – they usually have 70 Scottish whiskies, plus 40 Scottish gins. Carrbridge’s location within the Highlands implies that quite a lot of locals work within the out of doors sector, and there are at all times match, bearded, wholesome sorts within the pub. It’s a very pleasant ambiance. There’s an open fireplace, so the odor of wooden smoke hits you as you stroll in. The meals is traditional pub grub however good high quality – the haggis and fish and chips are nice, and the onion rings are the dimensions of my hand. • Fundamental Highway, Carrbridge, on Fb, open 24 Dec midday-1am, 25th closed, 26th midday-midnight. Cairngorm Reindeer Centre’s Christmas enjoyable weekends run all through December from 12pm-3pm, cairngormreindeer.co.uk
The Crown Inn, Morland, Cumbria
Chosen by Father Christmas, Lowther Fortress

Lowther Fortress. {Photograph}: Don McPhee for the Guardian
I will likely be giving out presents to kids from a carriage on the entrance of Lowther Fortress each weekend in December. Father Christmas is meant to love a drink however I in all probability gained’t go to the Crown till after Christmas. It’s a conventional, family-run pub, simply by the beck. In summer time we get folks on strolling holidays staying within the village, however in winter it’s largely locals. The fish and chips on Tuesdays are sensible.• Church Lane, on Fb, open 24 and 26 Dec 5pm-midnight, 25th 12-3pm. Father Christmas is at Lowther Fortress on Sat and Solar in Dec from 10am-4pm (£8.50 per little one together with a present, lowthercastle.org)
The Cricketers Arms, Danbury, nr Chelmsford, Essex
Paul Kelly, turkey farmer, Kelly Turkeys

The Cricketers Arms
December on the farm is like an organised pantomime. We have now 64 folks hand-plucking 2,500 turkeys a day. It’s so busy that I attempt to not drink in December – after which I’ve a very moist January! We get about 2,000 folks coming to choose up pre-ordered turkeys on the 23rd and 24th … it’s flat out until 4pm. It’s fairly unusual waking up on Christmas Day and realising there’s nothing to be completed. I’ve been going to the Cricketers since I used to be 14 (18 formally!). It’s a fantastic little village pub subsequent to Danbury frequent. It was very conventional, with a saloon bar and a lounge; now the bars have merged and it’s extra of a vacation spot pub. It’s a dream of mine to personal it someday and switch it right into a turkey restaurant.• Danbury Frequent, cricketersarmsdanbury.com, open 24 Dec 12pm-late, 25th and 26th 12-2pm. Kelly Turkeys sells free-range birds; final date for orders for supply is 14 Dec, kellybronze.co.uk.
The Pivní, York
Chosen by Niall Costigan, shoemaker in The Elves and the Shoemakers at York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal auditorium
My favorite pub is the Pivní on Patrick Pool, subsequent to the Shambles market. It’s housed in a three-storey, 16th-century townhouse, however the most effective factor about it’s its eclectic beer choice – about 50 bottled and draught beers, that are at all times altering. I typically go after rehearsals or a present and have half pints or schooners – they do quite a lot of robust beers that you just actually don’t need a pint of. It’s a beautiful spot to convey pals who don’t know the town, because it’s the kind of place you would possibly stroll straight previous if you happen to didn’t comprehend it. It’s the sister pub to the Faucet in York station, one other nice pub.• 6 Patrick Pool, pivni.co.uk, open 24 Dec midday-8pm, closed 25th and 26th. The Elves and the Shoemakers runs from 11 Dec-5 Jan, yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
The Maypole Bar (Ned’s), Holywood, Belfast
Chosen by Alicia Peyrano, proprietor, Little Residents Boutique toy store

I’m from the States and the primary time I visited Northern Eire my (now) husband took me straight to Ned’s, formally referred to as the Maypole (Eire’s solely surviving maypole is on the identical road). Everybody went silent after we walked in. After I moved to Holywood I ended up working in the identical constructing because the pub and we used to roll down after work. Now I run the toy store a few streets away, and it’s nonetheless my native. It’s not glamorous or fashionable, there’s no meals, the partitions are nonetheless yellowunless you depend crisps, however I really like the camaraderie. It’s the form of place the place you find yourself speaking to somebody on the following desk. They do the most effective Guinness, and nonetheless do desk service. I additionally love the truth that they’ve strict guidelines about drunkenness, so that you see these large males being chucked out for being the more severe for put on and coming again with their tails between their legs.• 55 Excessive St, nedsbar.co.uk, open 24 Dec 11.30am-10.45pm, 25th closed, 26th 11.30am- 12.45am. littlecitizensboutique.com
The Swan, Porthcawl, Bridgend
Chosen by Lucy Jones, secretary, Porthcawl Christmas Swim committee

{Photograph}: The Photolibrary Wales/Alamy
The swim has at all times been a part of my Christmas morning. My dad used to do it, so we’d go right down to the seaside to look at, and grumble about desirous to go residence and open our presents. He’s 78 now and nonetheless swims some years. He remembers being excited the yr they nearly had 100 folks registered to swim. This yr is the 54th annual occasion and there will likely be 1,200 swimmers. Porthcawl is a vacationer city – Coney seaside, the place the swim takes place, is broad and sandy – so there are pubs the place guests are inclined to go, however my favorite is the Swan in Nottage, a correct native. It’s actually pleasant, they typically have stay music, and if Wales are enjoying rugby the ambiance is nice they usually come spherical with free chilli and rice – I suppose it means you’ll be able to drink extra!• West Highway, Nottage, on Fb, Christmas opening occasions unavailable. The Porthcawl Christmas Day swim is at 11.45am, registration at 10.30am (christmasswim.org)
The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury
Chosen by Caroline Jones, postmistress, Foregate submit workplace

{Photograph}: Andrew Fox for the Observer
My native is the Peachtree, 5 minutes’ stroll from my submit workplace, simply outdoors the city centre. It’s not strictly a pub – it’s a noodle restaurant, bar, cafe and nightclub – however I find it irresistible; a lot in order that I’m having my marriage ceremony social gathering there subsequent yr. You may pop in there for breakfast, early dinner with the youngsters (£10 for 2 programs earlier than 6pm) or an after-work drink. I in all probability go there 3 times every week. It’s owned by an area household and I feel the explanation it’s so well-liked is that it has moved with the occasions… a bit like I’ve needed to. My father was a postmaster so it’s all I’ve ever recognized, however I by no means thought I must be on Twitter and Fb to remind folks I exist! Having a sausage canine pet helps although – he’s already dressed up as my little Christmas helper!• 18-21 Abbey Foregate, thepeachtree.co.uk, open 24 Dec 8am-9pm, 25th midday-3pm, 26th midday-3.30pm
The Prince Albert, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Chosen by Paul Trepte, director of music, Ely Cathedral

The carol service at Ely Cathedral. {Photograph}: Graham Turner for the Guardian
For me, the Christmas season begins on introduction Sunday (2 December) after which rapidly progresses with our carol concert events. The one on the Saturday earlier than Christmas is the preferred. The pub the (grownup) choir and I descend on is the Albert, a very good old style pub with no blaring music. It’s at all times acquired some fascinating native beers, like my favorite, Ghost Ship, from Adnams in Southwold. I’m in my 29th yr as music director and at Easter I’ll be stepping down, so this will likely be my final Christmas – however the Albert will nonetheless be my native. • 62 Silver Road, on Fb, open 24 Dec 11am-11.30pm, 25th and 26th 11am-5pm. Ely Cathedral’s introduction procession with carols is on Three Dec; Hark! the Herald carol live performance is on 22 Dec (elycathedral.org)
Mary & Archie, Chorlton, south Manchester
Chosen by Lucy Dusgate, digital programmer at The Lowry and artistic producer at Quays Tradition

As a part of my job I organise Lightwaves, an interactive mild pageant at Salford Quays. I consider it as a up to date artwork model of the Christmas fairy lights. Mary & Archie, in Chorlton, has fairy lights outdoors yr spherical, so that they’ve acquired me with that, plus it’s open for breakfast and the eggs benedict is superb! It’s acquired a classy vibe with out being in any respect pretentious.• 111 Manchester Rd, maryandarchiemcr.co.uk, open 24th, 10am–11pm, closed 25th and 26th. Lightwaves is on from 7-16 Dec, 4pm-10.30pm, free (thelowry.com)