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Lots of festive treats are in store for the city this season

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has agreed to be part of the judging panel for the Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) Christmas window display competition on Saturday, November 23.


A passionate advocate of the local area, Hugh who supports various local charities and campaigns will be joined by former MP for Chichester, Gillian Keegan.


Jeanette Hockley, Chichester BID members service manager, commented: “We are delighted that Hugh will be joining us for this event in support of our city centre.


“We look forward to seeing the fantastic festive displays that Chichester shops showcase, in their most important window display of the year.


“We know a lot of hard work, budget and creativity goes into these windows and want to encourage shoppers to come into the city centre to discover the displays for themselves.”


Chichester BID has invited all city centre retailers to put their best window forward for this special Christmas competition. This is a great opportunity to harness the huge effort put into shop window displays to create an unofficial trail around the city.


The illumination of the lighting programme will coincide with the lantern procession, also on November 23, at 5pm, and switch on of the Rotary Christmas Tree at Chichester Cross, which will be accompanied by live music from local musicians and a choir from 5.30pm.


A new Christmas market will be coming to Chichester this year from Saturday, December 7, to Sunday, December 15, in North Street and East Street. The market will be open on Sunday – Wednesday between 9am and 6pm and Thursday to Saturday between 9am and 8pm.


A Christmas elf trail will also launch on November 23, similar to last year’s nutcracker trail.


The BID will be placing 12 elves around the city centre and visitors simply need to follow the trail and locate all of the elves and their names, to have a chance to win fantastic prizes.


You can downland an Elf Trail form at:


To be included in the festive window competition, please contact:

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