Christmas

There is an air of excitement building as we look ahead to Christmas 2013.

Festive fairs, Christmas markets and carol services are being planned in the towns and villages of East Anglia as we get into the Christmas spirit.

But as we immerse ourselves in the excitement of Christmas, the parties, the delicious food, the shopping and quality time with friends and family, we must not forget the real meaning behind Christmas.

Here we bring you a round up of Christmas news, the top 10 toys list for this year, details of the festive light switch-on ceremonies and timings for the special church services that take place at this time of year.

We also want to celebrate the selfless actions of those who work tirelessly over the festive season to help those who are less fortunate.

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    This is our list of Top 10 toys for Christmas 2013.
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    1 Furby Boom
    The must-have toy of last year is expected to be a big hitter again this Christmas. This new critter joins the Furby family and includes the ability to hatch digital furbling friends thanks to a matching app. Owners can play, feed and interact with both their physical critter and its digital hatchlings  £46.99 - £69.99

    2 Teksta Robotic Dog
    A robotic puppy that barks and whimpers, responding to light and sounds around it. Teksta Blue has been so popular that it has actually sold out at the moment in the store  £49.99 - £73.99

    3 Flying Fairy by Flutterbye
    For the girliest of girls, this fairy can really fly gracefully through the air (guided by your hand) and even grant wishes  £24.99 - £49.99

    4 Monopoly Empire
    This set includes iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Xbox and Samsung. Works like the classic game and can be played as a family  £14.99 - £24.99

    5 Leappad Ultra
    The other tab on the market is aimed especially at four to nine year olds, has child-friendly settings and safety features and allows peer-to-peer chat and gaming functions, plus the usual books, camera and other features  £88.49 - £119.99

    6 Robo Fish
    Already one of the fastest selling toys of all time, this is expected to be popular this Christmas. The incredibly realistic Robo Fish swims just like it is real, up, down, left, right and forward and never need cleaning out. There are four fish and four sharks to collect in wave one  £8.97 - £19.99

    7 Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Playset
    This Doc's bag includes everthing a wannabe medic needs. Bag includes a thermometer, syringe, light up stethoscope, plus all-important stickers for the brave patients  £18 - £29.99

    8 Monster High 13 Wishes Dolls
    A doll range based on the characters in a soon-to-be-released Monster High DVD. These goulish dolls are set to be huge this Christmas. They include their own fangtastic fashion and jewellery and each doll comes with a pet, diary, brush, stand and lantern  £11.99 - £44.99

    9 LEGO Dolphin Cruiser
    A staple of any Christmas day is Lego, and the Lego Friends Dolphin Cruiser, complete with submarine, helicopter and sharks, is yet another classic addition to the line  £49.99 - £79.99

    10 VTech Innotab 3S
    The latest mulitimedia tablet designed especially for children includes a touch screen, camera, child-friendly wi-fi, g-sensor and creative, educational activities including games and e-books as well as TV shows and music  £55.99 - £99.99

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