Christmas cheer supports Knaresborough's local businesses

Pictured: The Christmas critter - find him in Knaresborough independent businesses throughout December and take a selfie with him for a chance to win. 
Credit: Hannah Gostlow

Pictured: The Christmas critter - find him in Knaresborough independent businesses throughout December and take a selfie with him for a chance to win. Credit: Hannah Gostlow

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A unique take on the Christmas advent calendar is being used to spread festive cheer and promote local shops and businesses in Knaresborough this year.

The Knaresborough Advent Windows trail will see 24 local shops launching a unique Christmas display for each of the 24 days of advent in the run up to Christmas. 


Participants should look for the numbers on the shop windows, and inside they will find a stamp from the shopkeeper to complete a special trail advent card.

Once you have collected all the stamps and completed the card, the card will be entered into a prize draw.

Two winners will receive a £25 voucher to spend in any of the participating shops and a further ten runners up will receive a £5 voucher each.

Organiser, Councillor Hannah Gostlow (Lib), said: "The advent trail is a great activity for young children and a way to learn more about the shops that make our town so vibrant.”


A trail card for the stamps is available from Art in the Mill on Green Dragon Yard and Castlegate Books on Market Place.

The trail is principally aimed at children, but anyone can take part. 


Coun Gostlow said: “The Knaresborough Advent Windows trail is not only a fun way for people to seek out the towns festive window displays, but to draw them inside, and hopefully to introduce them to shops and businesses they may not have ventured into before.”


As well as the top and runner up prizes, there will also be chance to win a 'Christmas critter' in a festive selfie competition.

Fellow organiser Emma Walsh said “Participants should look out for our Christmas critter who will be moving from shop to shop. Take a selfie with him to be in with a chance of winning him.”