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High Wycombe ‘goes to town’ with events for Christmas 2020

| December 3, 2020
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A ‘Chirstams pudding’ in the High Street, High Wycombe. (image supplied by HWBIDCo)

High Wycombe town centre will be ending 2020 on a high note during December 2020 with live music, seasonal entertainment, free parking and ‘Shop Local’ celebrations.

HWBIDCo has organised a host of seasonal activities this December, kicking off with a celebration of the shops themselves during Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday – Saturday 5th December 2020

The annual event champions small businesses across the country and echoes a message at the core of HWBIDCo’s work, to support and ‘Shop Local’, an especially poignant campaign after this challenging year.

A special ‘Christmas message’ featuring a number of the town centre’s small businesses has been recorded and can be found at https://youtu.be/BT_lAtnr48Q. There will be more Christmas videos from local shops throughout December 2020.

Vegan Market – Sunday 6th December 2020

A Vegan Market will be coming to High Wycombe with more than 30 specialist stalls from the across the UK . The market will showcase a huge array of healthy eats, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics and ethical clothing, there’ll be treats and eats for everyone. The market is taking place in the High Street from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

FREE PARKING will be available in High Wycombe town centre on Saturday 5th, 12th and 19th December 2020 making the perfect excuse to head down and do your Christmas shopping.

The Christmas musical vibes will be in full swing from this Saturday 5th December 2020, as the Salvation Army Band make their first festive performance underneath the town centre’s Guildhall. With repeat visits scheduled for 12th, 19th and 24th December 2020, they will be raising essential funds for local charities and appeals, and all donations would be appreciated.

The town centre itself has received its very own ‘festive makeover’ with 25 giant Christmas Puddings running alongside the high street, as well as an interactive light experience installed
underneath the Pepperpot. The movement-triggered sensors will launch an interactive festive experience, challenging visitors to strut their best festive dance moves.

The Chiltern Centre will also be receiving its fair share of the Christmas magic with local retailers taking over vacant shop frontages in Frogmoor to create ‘Christmas scenes’, whilst Dan Wilson from Decreate will be painting High Wycombe’s very own ‘Angel Wings’ on Friday 4th December 2020, take a photo in front of the wings and tag #WycombeWings for a chance to win a prize.

Festive Cinema – Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Festive film buffs will be in for a huge treat with a GIANT LED CINEMA SCREEN popping up by the Frogmoor ‘Parklet’ from Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

The ‘Festive Film Club’ will be screening two Christmas classics each day at 12noon & 2pm, featuring all the greats including Elf, Polar Express, Home Alone, The Grinch, Jingle All The Way and more.

Screenings will be FREE to attend for all and limited socially-distanced seating will be available – so bring a fluffy blanket and stop by for some festive family fun.

Festive Wheel of Fortune – Saturday 19th December 2020

Finally, on Saturday 19th December 2020, the Guildhall will play host to a special ‘Spin & Win – Festive Wheel of Fortune’ from 11.00am – 4.00pm, with shoppers trying their luck to win Christmas goodies galore.

Simply show a receipt obtained from a town centre shop or restaurant that day, and take a spin – every player is a guaranteed winner, but will you hit the festive jackpot?

Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, Melanie Williams, said: ‘We’ve worked long & hard to develop an uplifting, Covid-compliant & engaging schedule for December 2020, and after such a challenging year, it’s great to be able to offer so much within the town centre, not only in celebration of the festive season, but also to support our small businesses & local retailers.

From HWBIDCo we’d like to thank everyone for their support & ‘shopping local’ this year – it’s more important now than ever before. Have a great Christmas everyone & see you next year!

*Source of article : Press release from HWBIDCo.

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