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Social media giveaway hopes to make Chichester District the number one Christmas shopping destination

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Chichester District is hoping to become the number one Christmas destination this year by showing what the area has to offer through an amazing free Christmas giveaway competition.


From Wednesday 13 November, generous businesses and attractions from Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey will be giving away thousands of pounds worth of prizes through a massive social media giveaway on Chichester District Council's Facebook site (www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil).

Over 50 prizes have been donated by local businesses to draw attention to the array of shops, restaurants, attractions and experiences within the district. Prizes include a £250 handbag, hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers, meals, free tickets to attractions and events, membership to Westgate Leisure, makeovers and even an Open Water diving course worth £400! For a full list of prizes visit www.chichester.gov.uk/christmas

"The Chichester District has everything you could want at Christmas to get into the festive spirit," says Cllr Myles Cullen, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Economy, Tourism and Car Parks at Chichester District Council.

"It has an incredible array of independent and high street shops, helping you to find that special present. It also has some amazing restaurants, pubs, local producers, markets and attractions - not to mention its historic and beautiful setting - to make your visit extra special.

"Combine this with some of the cheapest parking on the South Coast and a free park and ride service on selected dates in Chichester, and you've got all of the ingredients for a great Christmas.

"Our generous local businesses have joined together to offer the chance for people to win some incredible prizes that we will be giving away on our Facebook site (www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil) from Wednesday13 November. We hope that this will raise awareness of what our district has to offer and will encourage people to make the Chichester District their number one Christmas destination.

"The Countdown to Christmas campaign will also make people aware of key information across the festive period, including park and ride, events, changes to bin collection dates, safety advice and bad weather information."

The Chichester City Centre Partnership, Selsey Town Team and the Rural Town Co-ordinator in Midhurst and Petworth have all helped to pull the big Christmas giveaway together.

The incredible competition starts on Wednesday 13 November, with giveaways every day until 20 December. All people have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to like the Chichester District Council's Facebook page and like and share the giveaway posts. They also have to be able to collect their prize.

Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey all have their own festive activities, along with the traditional Christmas light switch on and celebration events. For a full list of these and park and ride dates, you can visit www.chichester.gov.uk/christmas

 Whether it is watching the free Christmas films at Selsey Town Hall every Saturday from 30 November, taking part in Midhurst's shopping competition to win £100 of vouchers, soaking up the atmosphere in Petworth, or posting a letter to Father Christmas at The Novium museum in Chichester - there's something for everyone.

Chichester Tourist Information Centre based at The Novium museum in Chichester can also provide Christmas information on 01243 775888. They also offer a wide selection of local gifts, theatre tokens and tickets for special events in the district.

For more information see www.chichester.gov.uk/christmas.