CHRISTMAS carols, mulled wine and roast chestnuts are set to create a relaxing atmosphere for a unique celebration.

Festive Sunday on December 10 is the first time Knutsford has hosted a special shopping event to showcase the town’s independent retailers.

A feast of fun, food and live entertainment is lined up to encourage people to support local traders.

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

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“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 Amazon Christmas.”

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

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A raffle will also be held on the day.

Chester Brass Band will be performing some nostalgic festive tunes.

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Elf on the Shelf promises plenty of family fun.

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

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Knutford Beats will be serenading shoppers with a selection of Christmas carols.

The Tea Room will be hosting a Christmas Bake Off.

And Santa will welcome children to his grotto in Knutsford Methodist Church to raise funds for next year’s Knutsford Royal May Day.

Extra free parking will be available in Egerton Place (Marshall's Yard).

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 to access properties on Drury Lane throughout the event.

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

King Street will be closed from 9am to 6pm.