CHRISTMAS is here The lights are up on Broadway awaiting their lighting on Friday 1 December ( see below ) and soon the furniture and Christmas Tree will be set up. We hope all local shops will have lights and festive decorations as usual this year to make The Broadway and all other shopping areas of Mill Hill really welcoming. Please visit our local traders at this time of year. Many rely on a good festive season for their profit for the year - and we all know how depressing empty shops and buildings can be - they also drive down house prices and encourage local crime and vandalism. One way to make sure we have a lovely area is to shop local and make sure that all our businesses thrive in these difficult times. The Christmas Market started last year and was an instant success. This year all stalls are already full with an amazing music line up in the new town square on both days from 1p.m. In addition the Christmas Tree and lights ceremony on Friday with reindeer will be the talk of the area for weeks to come. Bring the whole family down and we encourage you to combine the trip with a visit to a local restaurant or our amazing new Fish and Chip takeaway, The ADAM and EVE bar will be open for festive drinks where I am sure you will find local Forum members - residents association - local business people and councillors gathered at each of the ceremonies ( See Below ) and it is very kid friendly.
DECORATE THE AREA 4 CHRISTMAS We hope that shops and restaurats will all do their best within their budgets to light up the area and make it welcoming and festive. The West End is now amazing and almost every street has a display and every shop as well. It is no good local businesses bemoaning that trade is moving to the Internet or West End or big shopping centres if the customers do not get the full festive experience on our High Streets. LED lighting on Argos includes superb fairy lights starting at around £6 for 100 in warm white and £8 in colour and you can get to 500 lights in one string for just £15. These are bargains and with free shipping with Prime you can set your business up to look festive for less than £20. Projectors for larger shop fronts are around £50 which will project a variety of Christmas images. These are simple solutions to making your business festive. If you live on main routes in the area - it is alos a great boost to the area if you can decorate your windows etc and using these cheap ideas it wont be expensive. Lets be proud of our area and make it sparkle !
A bumper Christmas special with local news and events plus shopping guide for Mill Hill NW7