Chichester at Christmas

By: Keith Mcgregor

The festivities, marked by the prestigious turning on of the lightsin late November, signal that Christmas is on its way and you need toget your shopping done! On the day of the turning on of the lights(usually around the 24th), there are some fantastic activities in anaround the city centre for all of the family. This includes some formof street entertainment, live reindeer and a community carol concert.From this point on, Christmas shopping hours take affect and most shopsstay open until nine o'clock Monday through Saturday, and half pastfour on Sunday. Perfect for getting a spot of Christmas shopping doneafter work!

Throughout the month of December, Chichester hosts many Christmasand continental markets providing a vast array of products ranging fromcheese, to mistletoe, to gifts. You will be surprised by the diversityof products available at such fantastic prices! You can find thesemarkets in North Street, East street, and in the East Pallant House carpark.

In addition to this, an enormous Christmas tree is placed by themarket cross at the centre of the town, and roast chestnuts and otherrefreshments, including hot drinks, are served. There are many carolconcerts that take place around Chichester in the weeks approachingChristmas, not only at the cathedral; every church in the city holds acarol concert (often in collaboration with each other), which reallypulls communities together.

Of course, if you're in Chichester you should always considervisiting the Festival Theatre! A pantomime is fun for all the family,and kids are bound to thoroughly enjoy themselves at the theatricalperformances of classics such as 'James and the Giant Peach' and 'TheUgly Duckling'.

And if you still haven't been persuaded to visit Chichester atChristmas time, then this is my last resort. Shops. Yup, we've gotplenty of them; and not just the large retail chains like Argos,Woolworths, Curry's, Gamestation, Dorothy Perkins and HMV! Chichesteris a haven for small 'home grown' businesses and shops; and there is agreat many of them scattered around the streets of the town. Shops likeToywizz, E.S.P., The Bazaar, Between the Lines and Coast mean thatyou'll find the prefect gift for everyone this Christmas!

Because Chichester is so beautiful at Christmas time, many peopledecide to spend their Christmas their. There is a great choice ofwonderful hotels in chichester to stay in in and around the city centre, providing fantastic accommodation in chichester. The Crouchers Country Hotel is a short walk from the centre and provides excellent accommodation in west sussex.On the other hand, The Ship hotel is directly in the city centre, andprovides an unparalleled closeness to the heart of the festivities.Whatever your needs from a hotelFeature Articles, you are bound to find accommodationin the city which caters for your needs!

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