Late Night Christmas Shopping in Saffron Walden ‘is the best yet’

saffwaldenlogoThe special late night Christmas shopping event held last week was named the “best yet”.

Many shops kept their doors open from the morning until 8.30pm on Friday to help residents get the things they need in time for Christmas.

More than 30 charity stalls and a wide range of market square traders lined the streets of Saffron Walden as part of the event.

Father Christmas and his sleigh, organised by Round Table, also made a stop at the event to meet many children.

From 5.30pm, there was carol singing from the Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company.

There was also street entertainment – with glow juggling and walking on stilts – from the Juggle Brothers.

A Christmas gift fair also took place in the Town Hall on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in aid of charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

A new pop up shop at 10 Market Hill opened its doors in time for the event.

‘Pop up’, run by Design Essentials, sells contemporary home accessories and currently has artwork from Michelle Thompson on offer.

The shopping event was organised by the Saffron Walden Initiative, with the support of the Town Council.

Peter Riding, chairman of the Saffron Walden Initiative, said: “This was the eleventh Late Night Christmas Shopping involving the Initiative and I felt that it was the best yet.

“The weather was kind, the atmosphere relaxed and happy, the charity stalls had a brilliant evening and the market stalls did good business.

“Also, the shops made an extra special effort, the Christmas lights were the best I have seen and there was an excellent Christmas Gift Fair in the Town Hall.

“Special thanks are due to the Town Council staff, the local police and the Tourist Information Centre which dealt with the stall bookings beforehand.”

Petra Slack, joint chair of the Town Team, said: “It was a pleasure to support the late night shopping event and to see so many retailers staying open and enjoying the bustle of the market square.”

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