Old Amersham to get into the festive mood

Bucks Free Press: Amersham's Christmas light switch-on in 2011 Amersham's Christmas light switch-on in 2011

LATE night shopping among Old Amersham's independent retailers is taking place this week.

The Christmas lights will be switched on for the first time as the festive spirit arrives in town on Thursday, December 5.

Games for children, charity raffles, discounts at the shops and free parking are among the attractions to help the event go with a bang from 5.30-8.30pm.

Event organiser Jen Garrity, who owns the Coco Marie boutique, said: "The late night shopping Thursday gives the businesses along the High Street an opportunity to showcase their broad range of products perfect for Christmas gifting and also for customers to get a bargain and perhaps step inside shops they may have missed in the past.

"Over the last two years Old Amersham has welcomed a higher than ever number of independent shops, situated on The Broadway, High Street and Whielden Street, the three key roads that meet at the Market Square to create an ambient shopping, eating and leisure experience. 

"Nestled between these are a number of complimentary national retail outlets and restaurant chains, making Old Amersham the perfect one-stop town for shoppers, tourists and locals.

"Recognising the impact that the buying power of chain stores, internet businesses and  the impact the recession has had on the retail sector, Old Amersham Indie High Street has pledged to ensure that visitors to Old Amersham are met with an unrivalled experience, irrespective of the outlets they visit."

For younger shoppers an "Odd Item In The Window" competition has been organised by No67 and Ring 'O' Roses, while kids activities are taking place at the Amersham Museum for £1 each.

A second event to celebrate Christmas takes place on Saturday, December 14 as sleigh rides, carol singers and hot chestnuts and mulled wine arrive at an Amersham Town Council-run celebration.

Free parking at the Dovecot car park will be available at both events, and on Saturday, December 21.

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