A FEAST of fun is lined up in Knutsford as shops, cafes and businesses prepare for Christmas.

The town’s first Festive Sunday on December 10 celebrates the unique items and services independent retailers have on offer.

A wealth of seasonal activities promise to keep all ages entertained.

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Many shops will be offering mulled wine, mince pies and other treats.

Chester Brass Band and Elf on the Shelf are just two of the special attractions.

Knutsford Little Theatre’s Red Riding pantomime cast will roam round the streets.

Knutsford Beats will perform a selection of Christmas carols.

The Tea Room is hosting a Christmas Bake Off.

Children can visit Santa at Knutsford Royal May Day’s grotto at Knutsford Methodist Church.

Knutsford Guardian: Knutsford businesses team up to launch the town's first Festive SundayKnutsford businesses team up to launch the town's first Festive Sunday (Image: Sandra Curtis)

Sandra Curties, town centre Manager for Knutsford Town Council, said: “Knutsford is well known for its Christmas Markets, but this year we wanted to showcase our existing shops too.

“Festive Sunday is all about discovering what is, for Knutsfordians, on their doorstep and for those further away it is about having an independent not an Amazon Christmas.”

Hattie Cufflin from Hot Cocoa, said: “We are looking forward to Knutsford’s first Festive Sunday and we’ve lots of chocolatey treats planned.

“Hot mince pies, ice cream, homemade sweet and savoury treats are on offer plus if you spend £30 you get a 10 per cent discount on the day.

“Please support Knutsford’s indie shops this Christmas.”

Sandra added: “The shops have worked extremely hard and have put together a great day with mulled wine, wine tasting, discounts, festive treats, plus live music on the menu.

“There will also be a raffle when you purchase in selected shops to win prizes from Lanigan and Hulme and a Christmas Eve box courtesy of Knutsford Stationery and Art Shop and Scene in Knutsford, plus some other great prizes.

“It has been a difficult trading year for some our much-loved independents so let’s give them our support this festive season.”

Rebecca Mallon, Knutsford Admin, Jullie Hamer, Holly Johnson Antiques, Roger Lewin, Knutsford Hearing Centre, Sally Feeke, Zapatos,  Peter Murray, Pulse of Perfumery, Gemma Hinchcliffe, Bare Necessitie, Jo Ashton, White Orchid Floral Boutique, Hattie Cuffin, Hot Cocoa, Patrick Smith, The Tea Room, Sean Spooner and Frankie Harrison, The Lost and Found, Helen Wragg, Arthur Lee. Davina Armitage, Cocaranti, Natalia Goodison and Irene Sanchez, Evuna, Amy Travis, Kanoa Living, Vicky Wragg, Arthur Lee and Rebecca Mallon, Knutsford Admin teamed up for a photo shoot to launch the event.

The day has been made possible by the kind sponsorship of Knutsford Admin. Director Helen Rogers: “The team at Knutsford Admin Limited have chosen to sponsor the festive shopping event as they are huge fans of the many shops and eateries in town.

“Not all the team live in Knutsford, but they all feel part of the community and enjoy knowing many of the retailers and hospitality venues owners and teams by name”.

Rebecca Mallon, director of Knutsford Admin, added: “We really enjoy our town centre location, particularly in the run up to Christmas when the streets and shop fronts look so pretty and there’s a real festive feel.”

For Festive Sunday, King Street will be closed from 9am to 6pm from the junction with Church Walk to the junction of Drury Lane.

Church Hill will remain open and there will be traffic measures in place to allow cars to access King Street car park.

Parking bays on King Street from Tatton Street to Drury Lane will be suspended to enable two-way traffic enabling access to properties of Drury Lane throughout the event.

Access to King Street carpark will be via Church Hill and Church Walk.