Croydon is open and ready to welcome you back safely so come on and enjoy the Christmas lights display for this year, 'Tis the season to shop local.
As you take in the Christmas lights, our giant lit gift box, perfect for photos, and our ceiling of light, are calling on you all to do your bit by supporting our local businesses. Come in, browse the shops, have lunch at a local pub or restaurant and then shop. The high street needs you more than ever.
But that’s not all; we have some hidden surprises that will reveal themselves.
Croydon BID is delighted to introduce our Christmas trail for children and families to enjoy, bringing to life 10 Christmas characters through the magic of your smart phones. Our 10 festive characters will reveal themselves while you browse for the perfect present.
On Saturday the 12th December, Croydon BID will be bringing the Croydon Festive Street Treats, a pop-up street market to get you in the mood for Christmas. Eight traders will be providing some of your favourite Christmas specialities to tempt your taste buds and encourage people to enjoy some food and drink outdoors.
What’s more, Busking in Croydon, a collaborative partnership between Croydon BID, Croydon Council and Croydon Music City will launch, supporting local artists while delivering some merry tunes to bring festive cheer.
That’s not all. On Saturday the 19th December, Croydon BID has brought together a medley of street performers to liven up your day, dubbed Croydon's Festive Street Acts. Meet up with our bouncing elves, fly with our gliding toy soldiers, take a snap with our Gingerbread men or simply have a chat with Festive Felix.
Matt Sims, CEO of Croydon BID said,
“Never has it been so important to support your local shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes so that our high streets, the beating heart of our communities, have the chance to survive. We are calling on all of Croydon to do what they can in supporting their favourite places this Christmas. With some added entertainment, great food and festive cheer, we are totally committed to spreading the season of goodwill to all as we look to get through the challenges of this year together.”
To help further, Croydon BID has launched two competitions to WIN BIG this Christmas. From a chance to WIN one in four £100 gift vouchers for Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Marks & Spencer to the chance to WIN a £150 gift card with Centrale & Whitgift Shopping Centres, we have it covered.