Nintendo is preparing to take its Wii and DS consoles on tour around the UK, giving people the chance to play a variety of titles including some big Christmas releases.

There will be live demonstrations of Wii Music and Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City at Wii locations, while you'll be able to get to grips with Professor Layton and the Curious Village as DS locations.

In addition to checking out Christmas titles, there will be plenty of Nintendo favourites on display too, such as Mario Kart Wii, Wii Fit, Brain Training and Nintendogs.

If you already own a DS, you can still go along to the events and download exclusive game demos for you to try out.

The Wii and Nintendo DS Christmas tours will also give you the chance to win a family holiday to Lapland, or one of 10 family passes to SNO!zone indoor 'real snow' slopes, that will actually get ou away from your console to try the real thing.

The dates for the Wii and DS tours are as follows:

The Wii Christmas Tour 2008:

Derby: 30th October-2nd November
Toys For Big Boys, Dublin: 6th-9th November
Lakeside, Thurrock: 13th-16th November
Manchester, Arndale: 20th-23rd November
Braehead, Glasgow: 27th-30th November
MetroCentre, Gateshead: 4th-7th December
Highcross, Leicester: 11th-14th December
Westquay, Southampton: 18th-21st December

The Nintendo DS Christmas Tour 2008

Ilac, Dublin: 23rd-26th October
St. Davids, Cardiff: 30th October-2nd November
Westfields, London: 6th-9th November
Braehead, Glasgow: 13th-16th November
MetroCentre, Gateshead: 20th-23rd November
Meadowhall, Sheffield: 27th-30th November
Bluewater, Kent: 3rd-7th December
Churchill Square, Brighton: 11th-14th December
Highcross, Leicester: 18th-21st December