This week it's our special annual Christmas bumper double issue. In past years we've had The Strokes dressed as gorillas, The Libertines as Dickensian urchins and Damon Albarn as Santa, but this year it's the turn of the Arctic Monkeys to dress up. Pic: Dean Chalkey
Arctic Monkeys bassist Nick O'Malley. Before the shoot, the band decided that they wanted to be "evil elves. Not naughty elves, not mischevious elves. EVIL!" Pic: Dean Chalkley
Jamie Cook of Arctic Monkeys - he might not have a Page Three girlfriend after this.
Pic: Dean Chalkley
Arctic Monkeys smash up the studio on the shoot for the NME Christmas issue. The band have previously already dressed as clowns this year, as well as characters from 'The Wizard Of Oz' and members of The Village People. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Arctic Monkeys dress as evil elves for our NME Christmas special. Pic: Dean Chalkley.
The Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, shot for the cover of this week's special NME Christmas issue. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders plots to blow up a snowman in this week's special Christmas issue of NME. Pic: Dean Chalkley
In this week's NME: 'The story of the year 2007' with all the news, gossip and best pictures from the last twelve months.
CSS pull out all the stops at their special Christmas gig. Pic: Andy Willsher
CSS delve into their Christmas stockings backstage at their special Yuletide gig. Pic: Andy Willsher
Check out our month-by-month review of the year in this week's special bumper double issue of NME.
"Alright b*stards!" Yes, it's Brandon's tache delivering NME's alternative Christmas message. Find out who he insults in this week's magazine.
CSS unveil their Christmas presents backstage at their special Yuletide gig. To find out what they gave each other see this week's special bumper issue of NME. Pic: Andy Willsher
1965 Records bands tell Santa what they want for Christmas at their label's party. Pic: Sonia Melot
Read Ian Brown's special Christmas do's and don'ts in this week's issue of NME. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Kaiser Chiefs look forward to the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 Big Gig in our special seasonal Christmas issue of NME. Pic: Danny North
Get your free giant Kings of Leon wall poster in this week's Xmas issue of NME.
Free inside this week's bumper Christmas Issue of NME - a giant metre-wide Klaxons Poster!
The Kooks cook us a roast for the NME Christmas Issue. Pic: Tom Oxley
Lovefoxxx from CSS wraps up a bumper year for her band by unwrapping herself in our bumper NME Christmas issue, out now. Pic: Andy Willsher
Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire onstage at the Brixton Carling Academy. Expect similar scenes when the band headline the NME Big Gig at London's 02 Arena on Feb 28. Pic: Andy Willsher
The annual Pub Golf competition comprises eight rounds of booze-based games. To find out who triumphed, buy the current issue of NME magazine. Pic: Tom Oxley
The competitors on the annual Christmas Pub Golf competition included members of Hadouken!, The Twang, The Duke Spirit, The Real Heat and Gay For Johnny Depp, as well as Lethal Bizzle. Pic: Tom Oxley
Competitors in the annual NME Christmas Pub Golf competition test their manual dexterity (and their livers). Pic: Tom Oxley
Karaoke chaos with members of The Duke Spirit and Hadouken! as the annual NME Pub Golf Competition hits Camden. Read all about it in the NME Christmas Issue, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
Chaos ensues on the annual NME Christmas Pub Golf competition. As usual, six bands competed to see who could drink their bodyweight in booze. To find out who won, buy the NME Christmas Issue, out now. Pic: Tom Oxley
New Young Pony Club keyboardist Lou Hayter
Pic: Dean Chalkley
The View headline the 1965 Records Christmas Party, London ULU, December 8. For the full report, see the NME Christmas issue, onsale now. Pic: Sonia Melot