29th Apr, 2017

Late night Christmas shopping starts in Leamington

Ian Hughes 30th Nov, 2016

CHRISTMAS shopping in Leamington is just the ticket this year.

Late night shopping has begun in Leamington, with retailers opening until 8pm every Thursday in the run up to the big day.

And the town’s annual Golden Ticket competition has also been launched, giving lucky shoppers the chance to win one of 12 prize packages throughout December. More than £3,000 worth of prizes have been donated by town centre businesses, and there will also be a final draw to win the grand prize of £500 worth of jewellery from Peter Stephan Jewellers.

Shoppers can collect Golden Tickets at participating stores, bars and restaurants in the town and return them before 6pm on December 15 to enter.

The competition is being run by BID Leamington to add some extra festive cheer for shoppers during the festive season.

Christmas Parking Angels are also set to return to the town to help shoppers find car parking spaces, offer maps and give advice about what’s on and the Golden Ticket draw.

And festive shoppers can benefit from free parking at the Royal Priors shopping centre on late night Thursdays, running until December 22, after 5pm.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, said: “Every year we try to offer a magical shopping experience for those visiting the town centre and this year is no different.

“Our Golden Ticket competition has received a huge amount of support from town centre businesses who have donated some fantastic prizes for our lucky winners.

Visit www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk for more information on Christmas in Leamington.

* SANTA Claus is coming to town.

Despite his busy Christmas schedule, he will be visiting the Royal Priors for two weekends on Saturday and Sunday December 10 and 11, and again on the 17 and 18.

Organised by the Leamington Rotary Club, Santa and his sleigh will fly into the upper mall from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and 11am to 3pm on Sundays.

Rotary club president, Barry Andrews, said: “Santa’s sleigh in Royal Priors has become a real tradition for us and I’m really pleased that we will once again be bringing him to the centre.

Visits cost £5 for the first child in a family and £2 for the second and third. All money raised will be donated to the rotary club’s chosen charities.