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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 5:41 pm

Christmas isn’t cancelled in Helmsley as window trail offers a tip a day to enjoy the festive season

It may not have been the year anyone expected, but one Yorkshire town is hoping to prove that despite restrictions, Christmas 2020 isn’t cancelled.

Helmsley businesses have come together to celebrate Christmas this year with a fun festive window trail, full of tips around how the festive season can still be enjoyed, despite Covid-19.

Starting on 3rd December people will be able to enjoy the creative ‘Christmas isn’t Cancelled’ themed window displays in businesses around town. Each of the participating windows will offer a top tip of something that can still be magical and enjoyed by lovers of the festive season, even if Christmas present isn’t quite the same as Christmas past. From tips around edible festive treats to old and new Christmas traditions, it’s hoped the windows will bring a smile to visitors – who will hopefully be able to return to do their Christmas shopping in person once lockdown ends.

As well as being seen around town, the tips will also be shared on social media via the @VisitHelmsley pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People are then being asked to share photos of them enjoying one of the tips (or coming up with their own) on social media, tagging @VisitHelmsley or using the hashtag #ChristmasIsntCancelledinHelmsley for a chance to win some great festive prizes donated by local businesses. Prizes include a hamper of festive treats and games from Hunters of Helmsley, Crema Coffee House, Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop, Claridges and Helmsley Outdoors; a Craig Fellows small clutch bag from Saltbox Gallery; and home accessories from Holme Lea Country Interiors and The Ginger Bear.

Lynn Hempsall, owner of Helmsley Traditional Sweetshop and member of Helmsley in Business which is behind the trail, said: “Obviously it’s been a difficult year for us all and it’s not the festive season we’re used to. But we wanted to get the message out there that there are still safe ways to celebrate Christmas and have fun! It’s also been a very tough year for all the small independent businesses which make Helmsley the wonderful town it is – so it hopefully encourages people to come into town safely and do their Christmas shopping locally, grab a hot chocolate and some festive treats and support the business owners who rely on this as their most important time of the year. It may not be the large scale events we usually do in Helmsley at Christmas (we’ll have to get our thinking caps on for 2021) but hopefully we can still bring some smiles to faces and help everyone feel festive. The lights and Town Christmas Tree are now up and Helmsley looks magical. We’d like to thank the Duncombe Park Estate for the magnificent tree they provided and thanks also to everyone who helped to organise and put up the beautiful lights around town.”

For more information go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk or follow @VisitHelmsley on social media to see the daily tips or to submit your own.

A full list of those taking part are:

  • Watch Christmas films you’ve seen a hundred times – a comfort blanket like no other! Holme Lea Country Interiors
  • Send cards: if we can’t see people in person, send a smile through the post – Porters Coffee Shop
  • Add some sparkle and put up lots of lights – Carters Country Wear
  • Take the decorations to the next level – Agnus and Co
  • The countdown is on – open the advent calendars! – Duncombe Park Shop
  • Make this year’s Christmas tree the best yet – Duncombe Park
  • Treat friends near and far to some Yorkshire-inspired and produced goodies – Hunters of Helmsley
  • Start a new tradition of a new bauble to mark each Christmas – Saltbox
  • Stock up on plenty of award-winning mince pies! – Thomas the Baker
  • Wrap up warm for beautiful winter walks and learn to identify the different trees – Helmsley Outdoors
  • The tree isn’t the only thing that needs a bit of sparkle during the festive season. Don’t forget to make time to treat yourself and take time for yourself – Libby Butlers
  • Drink hot chocolate – with all the possible extras! – Crema Coffee Shop
  • It wouldn’t be Christmas without the panto dame…oh no it wouldn’t! Even if you have to dress up as it yourself! – Helmsley Arts Centre
  • Treat all your family and friends to Christmas sweets and chocolate – Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop
  • Shop local for some meaningful gifts to share – The Ginger Bear
  • Winter weather is a great excuse to cosy up with some Christmas games – Claridges
  • Covid can’t cancel a possible white Christmas – get planning those snowmen just in case! – Helmsley Opticians

PHOTO CREDIT; Monika Porter

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