The first of four late-night shopping events will take place on Thursday, December 2, followed by further late-night shopping events on December 9, 16 and 23.
Shoppers will enjoy extended store hours as well as great entertainment.
This includes a performance by the Arabesque School of the Performing Arts at North Street at 4:30 p.m., the Chichester Free School Choir will perform at The Cross at 4:30 p.m., Spotty Dotty Bubbles will be in the city center from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. , there will be a North Street marching band from 4pm to 7pm, Saddlers Horsebox bar and Taco Box will both be in East Street from 4pm to 7pm and there will be a St Michael’s concert at Chichester Cathedral at 7pm.
Visitors will be able to park for free on Avenue de Chartres after 4 p.m.
Residents of Chichester have offered free parking over Christmas to support local businesses …
Chichester District Council said visitors will be able to select two hours and get a third free at most municipal parking lots in the district in December when they use the MiPermit app: www.chichester.gov.uk/mipermit. There will also be free parking every weekend in December at the Chartres Avenue car park in Chichester.
There’s a lot going on in Midhurst on Friday, December 3, where a spectacular Christmas street party takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. in Old Town Market Square. The Old Library Craft Market on Knockhundred Row is the perfect opportunity to shop for unique gifts for loved ones.
In Petworth, Santa will also make an appearance at Leconfield Hall starting at noon for the Petworth Christmas event on Saturday, December 4th. More than 40 exhibitors will be selling gifts in the market square from 11 a.m. and shoppers will be able to watch Christmas films, participate in the scout raffle, and enjoy the live showcases until 7 p.m.
Live music will add to the festive atmosphere as the kids visit Santa at The Upholsterer on North Street, which is run by elves from Grace Church.
The Observer has partnered with Chichester District Council and V2 Radio to encourage shoppers to return to Main Street with the local Christmas support campaign.
As part of the campaign, businesses can request a free marketing package (www.chichester.gov.uk/christmasbusinesspack), which includes details on how to access printed gift tags and recycled wrapping paper, beautifully tailored to each area, to give customers with every purchase.
Councilor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: âTradition is really important to us and this is what makes our town and villages so special. But, as a board, we’re also embracing innovative ideas to encourage shoppers to return to our main streets after a very difficult time for businesses during the pandemic.
âCustomers can make the most of our social media campaign to really shout out the wonderful products they are buying in our fantastic shopping streets of Midhurst, Petworth, Chichester, East Wittering and Selsey this weekend and throughout. of the month of December, using the hashtags:
“We would love to see photos of gifts that people have wrapped using illustrated gift tags and packaging specifically tailored to each area.”
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