The Henley Town Council’s Events Committee has taken the hard decision to cancel the normal late night Christmas Festival this year due to Government Covid-19 guidelines.
Instead there will be five late-night Thursday shopping evenings starting on Thursday 19 November to encourage residents to shop local and #SupportHenley. All retailers will be encouraged to open until 7.30pm and have special offers or discounts on these evenings. Shops staying open will have a special Christmas tree sticker in their window.
The Invesco large Christmas tree will be switched on Thursday 26 November at 5pm with a small ceremony by Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett. The ceremony will be filmed and posted on the visit-henley.com website.
There will live music entertainment on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas and the Council hope that the markets will have a festive feel and are planning to invite some chestnut sellers.
Plans for an ‘alternative’ Living Advent Calendar are underway with shops and hospitality venues being invited to sign up for a day with a special festive window and in-store promotion plus linking up with a local charity. Special numbered stickers will be displayed on the shops/venues taking part.
So before you go off to Reading, High Wycombe, London or Oxford for your Christmas shopping or click online, take time to see what’s on offer in our local shops and #SupportHenley.