Fenwick are not putting on a window display in Colchester this year, despite last year’s outcry amongst local residents.
Carl Milton, Managing Director of Fenwick Colchester, who also chairs Colchester Presents said: “Following last year’s disappointing response to our window unveiling we are thrilled to be bringing something different and spectacular to this year’s celebrations to launch the Christmas season.”
Mr Milton continued: “I hope shoppers will enjoy the show and all the town festivities. We are also immensely proud to be giving local children the chance to be creative in decorating our Carousel horses, which we can’t wait to invite people in store to see and be proud of.”
Cllr. Gerard Oxford, Mayor of Colchester, said: “Christmas in Colchester has always been an extra special time, and is something I always look forward to every year.
Cllr. Darius Laws, Castle ward, said: “Colchester’s Old Town offers a great destination for Christmas shopping and merriment.”
“Retailers are working together to make the most of the festive season. I am particularly excited by the chance to take my son to meet santa in Colchester Castle.”
A change in tradition and direction is mainly due to the layout of the Fenwick department store which saw a £35 million refurbishment open in 2016 after it’s 2008 buyout of Williams & Griffin.
Colchester Presents Christmas has announced its annual festive spectacular on Sunday 26th November to signal the start of Christmas in the town.
A day of festive of fun is planned with Santa riding into town to perform the Big Light Switch-on at Colchester amongst bands, choirs and street performers.
Road closures on the High Street will be in place from 11am and diversions will be advertised.
Colchester Presents was formed in 2014 with part of its objectives to promote Colchester as a Christmas destination with superb commercial, cultural and food and drink offers.
The committee for Colchester Presents includes Colchester Borough Council, Fenwick, Culver Square Shopping Centre and Colchester Lion Walk.