The kids may have only just gone back to school, but with the nights starting to draw in, the countdown to the festive season has well and truly begun!

Christmas

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Christmas is less than 100 days away, and locals are already getting prepared for the festive season, with many local theatres announcing their panto cast lists, and many of you already making mincemeat and Christmas cakes!

And not only have the first mince pies been spotted in the shops, but William Hill has launched its Christmas betting specials.

Fancy a festive flutter?

With some forecasters suggesting this could be the coldest winter in 50 years, they're currently offering odds of 3/1 that we see a White Christmas north of the border in Aberdeen, Glasgow or Edinburgh, while it is 8/1 for snow to fall on Christmas Day in London.

And in the annual race for the Christmas number one single, it is the X Factor that has a narrow lead over the field at 4/6, but Cilla Black is at 3/1, while Sam Smith, who has just recorded the new Bond theme, is at 6/1.

That's something to consider while you book your Christmas party, buy your new Christmas Eve PJs and wonder what Santa has on his sleigh this year.

For up-to-date Christmas information, including events all around west London, visit our dedicated page.