Scilly to welcome Christmas with a street party
If you're coming to Scilly this Christmas, you're in for a bit of a treat! This year sees Visit Isles of Scilly host a special Christmas Festival on Tuesday 23rd December for both the islands’ residents and holiday guests arriving for a festive break.
The event will take place along the length of Hugh Street, from Douglas Health & Beauty to Bordeaux between 5pm and 7.30pm. Retailers are opening their doors for late-night opening with many offering shoppers festive mulled wine and mince pies, whilst out of town retailers and local street traders will be settng up Christmas stalls in Hugh Street, which will be temporarily closed to traffic, to make sure everyone can purchase any last-minute gifts and stocking fillers, as well as enjoy some fabulous Christmas cheer.
There will also be a programme of entertainment throughout the evening – from live music from Scilly’s favourite Rock ‘n’ Roll band, the Steamband; carol singing lead by some members of Scilly Sirens (the Sirenettes!), fire juggling by Wez Swain, plus a number of masterclass demonstrations including how to wrap your gifts exquisitely, courtesy of Seasalt, two cooking demonstrations with Tanglewood Kitchen – one with fish, the other using locally-produced Salakee Duck, and festive flower arranging with Jenny Burrows and friends at the Atlantic Inn. Following the event, the flowers will be donated to Park House, to be enjoyed by residents.
Additionally, for children, there’s Christmas biscuit decorating at the Bishop & Wolf and a special Christmas quiz complete with lots of fun prizes and some surprises!
“The Christmas Festival is shaping up to be a great evening,” says Tourism Co-ordinator, Amanda Pender. “It’s a great opportunity for visitors to mingle with the local community and enjoy the taste of a Scilly Christmas. We are very grateful to all the businesses and individuals who are taking part to make this special Christmas Festival an evening to remember," she adds.