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Highgate's independent shops play host to Christmas trail

PUBLISHED: 12:17 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:31 15 December 2016

Highgate Christmas Trail Window Gift

Highgate Christmas Trail Window Gift

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Shoppers can bag an extra special prize by visiting the 24 participating stores

Highgate Christmas Trail Window ViewHighgate Christmas Trail Window View

Christmas shoppers and children are being offered the chance to win prizes in a real live Advent trail in streets throughout Highgate.

It’s a new twist to the traditional Advent calendar picturing a Christmas street as real gifts will be displayed in the windows of the area’s independent shops.

The Christmas Trail has been devised by the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum.

Maggy Meade-King, the Chair of the Forum says: “The Forum is about bringing the community together in all sorts of ways – and that includes having some fun.

Highgate Christmas Trail VetHighgate Christmas Trail Vet

“Our Plan stresses the importance of keeping and encouraging local independent shops and businesses, who have to battle against high rents and the power of large chains.

“We are very grateful to all the shops and businesses who have agreed to take part in the Christmas Trail.

“It highlights the remarkable variety of independent shops we have in the area and we hope that it will encourage people to discover them across the wide sweep of Highgate covered by our plan.”

A total of 24 shops from the Archway Road to Aylmer Parade and Highgate Village have agreed to take part include food shops and delicatessens, craft shops, clothes, flower shops and even local vets.

Highgate Christmas Trail Shopper WindowHighgate Christmas Trail Shopper Window

Among those offering a gift in their windows are Forgetmenot, Arts and Vintage, Highgate Flowers, Highgate Bookshop and The Village Jeweller.

Participants are invited to fill in the form by listing the gifts on display and the winners will be those with the most correct answers at the end of the month.

The calendar can be downloaded from www.highgateneighbourhoodforum.org.uk or by googling For Highgate.

Completed Entries should then be posted in at The Highgate Society at 10a South Grove in Highgate village.

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