Heart Presenters Reveal Their Christmas Plans
Find out what our presenters love most about the festive season and how they will be spending their Christmas.
1. Mark Wright
"I love Christmas; I love the excitement, giving gifts, having the whole family together and of course all the food! It is going to be a busy one this year between mine and Michelle (Keegan)’s family. I think there will be about twenty of us together on Christmas day which is going to be great. Nothing better than having the family all together!"
2. Toby Anstis
"I love the whole build up to Christmas - the parties, shopping, ice skating outside, just that whole magical atmosphere. Then seeing the kids’ faces light up on Christmas morning makes it for me! I'll be spending Christmas with my parents, nieces and nephews, brother, bro-in-law, sister-in-law and my very pregnant twin sister who's expecting twins in a couple of months!! It's going to be a nice cosy family time."
3. Jenni Falconer
"I love Christmas as a day to spend with the family. My husband James and I both work irregular hours, so we value the 25th not just for it's true meaning but also for the opportunity to all be together. Our daughter is now two and she will be more involved this year as she'll get to meet Santa and we plan to embrace the 'excitement' of Christmas Eve - of leaving a beer out for Santa and biscuits for the reindeer!! It's a magical time with wonderful festive music, amazing family films and a perfect opportunity to spend quality, uninterrupted time with the ones you love most. This year, my mum and dad will be visiting us for a family Christmas. We also plan to visit James' mum over the festive period so we will definitely be having a double celebration ...which also means a double hit of turkey! Christmas Day starts with seeing if Santa has been... then a big walk with our dog followed by a glass of champagne and presents (if there are any!!). Later James and I brave the kitchen and the oven as we make the meal which usually is late afternoon. Then the evening is about dancing, playing games and generally involves a lot of laughing!"
4. Emma Willis
"What I love about Christmas is presents, food, drinks, the people that you love and lots of chocolate. It’s the one day of the year where you can eat as much as you want until you feel physically sick and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it! It’s good to have that time away from work and the craziness of everyday life of washing the sheets and cleaning the kitchen and cooking food! Everyone’s together, everyone’s getting involved, no-one seems to worry about anything for a few days and you all just switch off, re-group and have a really good day. This year, I’m going to be spending Christmas at my sister’s house. We always have a family gathering. We always get together – my parents, my sisters, our kids. My sister hasn’t hosted Christmas for a very long time. It’s been split between my mum and I for the past few years, so it’s my sibling’s turn this Christmas and she’s not going to get out of it this year! It’s going to be a very fun day."
5. Stephen Mulhern
"Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I simply adore the atmosphere, the genuine love that is shared and it is one of the only times where every member of my family all gets together and enjoys the special day...and the presents are a big bonus too! My mum's roast dinner is something quite special and we also play a game created by my dad called 'Boxes'. It's very similar to Deal Or No Deal, but don't tell Noel Edmonds! I have done panto every year for the past 12 years and will be once again this year. This is another reason I love Christmas - panto can often be the first time a kid comes to see a show at the theatre. Their little excited faces are just amazing!"
"I love Christmas - I'm a massive kid at heart! Christmas starts on the 1st of December with a chocolate advent calendar that my mum STILL buys me at my age. I may protest that I’m too old to mum, but secretly, I love it. It then goes on all month! It’s not Christmas without a bit of ice-skating, mulled wine, digging my Christmas jumper out, far too much food, The Muppet Christmas Carol and, most importantly, family! I’m big on family and love being with them at this time of year. Over Christmas, I’ll be travelling between my parents and the girlfriend’s parents. We swap days each year – On Christmas Day this year, we're with my family, then Boxing Day with her’s... . And I wear a Santa hat whilst driving, so it’s hard to miss me! The rest of it, I'll be on the radio having a 'Heart Christmas'!"
"I love EVERYTHING about Christmas!! December 1st is officially Christmas, so it’s time for festive mulled wine, 'Home Alone' and 'Now That's What I Call Christmas' CD on loop... It’s a time to re-group and remember there's nothing like family and friend. This Christmas, it's all about family. The first part we’ll spend at my girlfriend’s parents and then as we head into New Year, we go to my family in Worcestershire. I usually get spoilt by Charlie, my girlfriend, and go away for my birthday which falls early January... (annoying-birthday-close-to-Christmas person). All presents to be sent to Heart HQ, thanks!"
8. Lucy Horobin
"Like JK, I love everything about Christmas too! It's my favourite time of year! Mulled wine, caramel waffles, the crisp winter air, the twinkling lights, mince pies, the anticipation of 'Will it snow?',Christmas Carols, the smell of satsumas, everyone looking jolly with red rosy cheeks, Starbucks Red Cups, Christmas Dinner. I love it all - even sprouts (as long as they're cooked with pancetta)! This year, I'll be spending the day with friends. I love a good family Christmas as much as the next person, but just fancied doing it differently this year! We're all going to spoil each other, eat and drink far too much, then get everyone else over for a party in the evening! Perfect!"