Hadleigh’s first go at late night Christmas shopping planned for December 8 and 15
14:00 15 October 2015
A Suffolk town will be throwing open its shop doors for a bit longer this Christmas as it tries out late night shopping for the first time.
Hadleigh has previously only seen its shops stay open longer for festive customers during the annual Christmas lights switch-on event.
This year though, on December 8 and 15 (both Tuesdays) a number of stores in the town will be open between 6pm and 8pm to boost festive trade and give shoppers extra time to find those all important gifts.
Elaine Root from Hadleigh Town Council said it had received an approach last year about the possibility of arranging late night shopping in the town.
“We did a survey last year with all the shops in the high street asking if they were interested and 35 said they would be,” she said.
“We thought we’d run with it and had a meeting and thought we’d give it a go.”
She said it was nice to know there was an enthusiasm in the town for the idea and that Tuesday nights had been chosen to avoid clashing with similar events in other nearby towns.
Ms Root said if the events were successful late night shopping could return in future years and hoped this year’s offering would be well patronised. You can have a wander round the shops then go back and have a coffee,” she said of what Hadleigh offers.
“Because we don’t have the big shops Ipswich does they are more personalised shops and offer more unusual gifts. The Christmas lights switch-on itself will be on Sunday, December 6, and is named Christmas for Ewe after Hadleigh’s successful Year of the Sheep celebration.
Performing the switch-on will be children’s favourite Shaun the Sheep and there will also be appearances from the cast of Disney’s Frozen to keep the children entertained.
Shops will be open 3pm to 6pm on the day.