Forest of trees centrepiece of Northampton's Christmas celebrations
Published Tuesday, 08 November 2011
Northampton will be turned into a forest of twinkling Christmas trees this year with a 60 foot tree - thought to be the largest ever seen in the town - as the sparkling centrepiece.
The town's biggest Christmas tree will take pride of place in the Market Square: five more trees, all at least 30 ft high, will be placed at All Saints (50ft), outside the Guildhall and in Abington Street.
And there will be another 150, four-foot-tall Christmas trees, all lit with solar lights, outside business premises all around the town. The cost has been met by individual businesses, with significant financial support from Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID).
Christmas lights are being put up around the town centre from this week and they will start to be turned on from November 22. This means they will be checked and ready for the launch of festivities on Saturday 26 November, when the big tree will be lit up and Santa Claus will come to town.
The site will be a one stop shop for information about shopping, events, restaurants, theatres and everything going on in Northampton this Christmas. It will also remind visitors that parking costs have been cut in time for Christmas, with free parking for up to an hour in the three most popular car parks and free parking on Sundays in all town centre car parks.
Cllr David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "With hundreds of beautiful trees and Christmas lights, along with reduced rate and free parking, Northampton will be a great place to come to shop and spend time this Christmas.
"Northampton has a great deal to offer are we working together with our partners to make sure that there is a fantastic atmosphere for visitors and a great trading environment for businesses."
"Businesses in Northampton have worked together and with the Borough Council to make the town look fabulous this Christmas," said Chairman of the BID, Stephen Chown. "As well as the trees, the BID is promoting a special discount voucher booklet with a mix of great offers from independent and boutique traders in the town. It is important to ensure that visitors who come to Northampton have a wonderful festive experience and want to come back again."
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