Christmas comes early to Earl’s Court as the Ideal Home Show arrives in November to bring festive cheer and great ideas to those who love decorating and interior design. With all you could possibly wish for in planning your ideal home for Christmas, the show has heaps of fantastic inspiration to set you up for the most perfect festive season that just oozes with style.

As well as the décor and design for which the show is famous, you’ll also find stands and sections to inspire you for the whole Christmas experience. With food and drink demonstrations and samples, Christmas gift ideas and plenty to buy and take home there’s no shortage of seasonal inspiration to get you all set for the festivities.

Trimming up

One place where the Ideal Home at Christmas show excels is in getting you prepared to decorate your house in exquisite festive style. The Christmas Decorations area is the perfect place to find all you need to “deck the halls” and express your creativity.

hand-made baubles
Pick up some pretty hand-made baubles

All you need is under one roof as you can choose your tree and pick from hundreds of baubles and decorations, many of which are hand-crafted. You’ll also find the Christmas Decorations bandstand is perfect to help you get in the mood with a brass band playing carols and Christmassy songs to fill the air with festive cheer.

Pamper yourself

Christmas is full-on party season for most of us, and while getting your home looking beautiful is the main focus of the show there’s also plenty of opportunity to give yourself a bit of a makeover too. The show has an area dedicated to fashion and beauty where you can find out about the hot trends for Christmas parties on the catwalk and get some make-up and beauty tips from experts who can provide you with everything from tutorials on creating the winter’s biggest make-up looks to pointers on following the trends in a way that suits your face.

If you want a bit of on-site pampering, there will be lots of chances to treat yourself. Stands offering manicures, mini facials and trial sizes of fabulous must-have products will be set in a space where you can mingle with a glass of champagne and enjoy a bit of rejuvenation.

Outdoors at Christmas?

It may seem crazy given the great British winter weather, but there are lots of ways you can make use of your outdoor space to enjoy the festive season in the open air. Just imagine how you could add to the Christmas festivities with some bubbles in an outdoor hot tub as well as those in your Champagne flute! There will also be lots of ideas for tasteful trimmings to put up outside your home to let your style spill over into the street as you prepare for Christmas.

Cosy outdoor christmas ideas
Get some great ideas for a cosy outdoor Christmas


Tickets are now on sale for the show but make sure you book quickly as they tend to sell extremely well. Getting to Earl’s Court is easy with plenty of public transport links and Earl’s Court Tube station just around the corner from the exhibition centre. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get there to make your way through the crowds as the show is bound to be popular.

With events taking place from 11am until 5pm, make sure you plan to get there early. You will, of course, need to make plenty of time to wander around the exhibition hall to pick up loads of great ideas – and a few freebies along the way!

Image Credits: Herry Lawford and wlodi

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