Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas for Town shoppers

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by Danielle Kenneally

IT BEGAN to feel a lot like Christmas this week as late-night shopping got under way.

On Thursday islanders were laden with bags, entertained with carol singing and proffered mince pies.

Hundreds of shoppers came out to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Families ventured out in the night to buy Christmas presents with stops in between bouts of buying gifts for sustenance and hydration before heading back out again.

(Picture by Sophie Rabey, 26574164)

‘We’ve come out tonight especially because the shops are open later,’ said Sadie Rosamond, 47.

‘My son works until 5pm, so this is perfect for him.

‘We’ve done a bit of shopping, now we’ll eat and then we’ll do some more shopping – make an evening of it.’


Tye Pillay and Justin Dollie in festive wear. (26574171)

Other families stopped to listen to Christmas tales from a children’s storyteller.

‘The kids are enjoying themselves,’ said Katie Kitney, whose children were listening to the tales.

‘We came out to do some Christmas shopping and everything that is going on is just making us feel more festive.’


Klaus, left, Kim Hagerich with their stall of homemade and traditional German Christmas gifts and decorations. (26574169)

Christmas lights lit up the streets, bringing a festive atmosphere to St Peter Port.

It only got merrier and brighter with shoppers donning Christmas jumpers and hats as they listened to carol singing and watched morris dancing.

Belles & Broomsticks perform in the High Street. (26574139)

Morris dancers the Belles & Broomsticks, who ventured around Town entertaining the crowds, said they wanted to warm themselves up by dancing before warming themselves up further in the pub.

‘We wanted to give a bit of festive cheer,’ said the troupe’s John Gillson.

‘We enjoy dancing and we enjoy performing, so what better place to do it than here tonight?

‘Plus, the fine weather we’ve got tonight is perfect for it and though we’re used to dancing to traditional songs, tonight we’re dancing to carols – it’s good fun.’

Library storyteller with late night shoppers. (26574160)
  • St Peter Port shops will be open for late shopping on Thursdays throughout December until Christmas, with the next one on 12 December.

There is also late night shopping on the Bridge in St Sampson’s on Tuesdays, with the first on 10 December.

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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