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#StAlbansAdvent kicks off Christmas!

How many sleeps till Christmas?

If you live or work in St Albans you’ll have no excuse for not knowing – as shops, offices and other businesses take their turn to reveal the date in their decorated windows.

They are taking part in St Albans’ first city-wide Advent Trail. The St Albans Advent Trail, supported by the Herts Advertiser, will see a daily reveal in the window of one of the 25 participating organisations.

Beginning with the Alban Arena, who will unveil their window on Saturday 1st December with panto stars and other fun, it will culminate with a virtual unveiling from St Albans Cathedral on Christmas Day. Shops, pubs, accountants, cafes, lawyers and the St Albans Museum + Gallery will all take their turn to shine through the month.

Each window will be revealed at 1pm on their allocated day: the public are encouraged to come along to experience the grand unveilings. Following the festive reveals on social media could also win members of the public daily prizes, so be sure to like and follow St Albans BID for all the latest pictures and reveals every day.

Helen Burridge, BID Manager of St Albans BID, said: “This is the first year of the St Albans Advent Calendar: we’re hoping to see some really creative efforts. This initiative is to encourage people to visit all parts of the city and there’s an element of competition to it as well.  Each business will compete to be voted Best Advent Window to win a marketing package worth over £1,000 with The Herts Advertiser and Radio Verulam.”

To see the trail of participating businesses and to find out how you can get involved follow Enjoy St Albans on social media.

Participating businesses are:

Business Description Reveal Date Day
The Alban Arena   01/12/2018 Sat
Cositas Gifts & home interiors 02/12/2018 Sun
Chloe James Fashion, gifts, lifestyle 03/12/2018 Mon
Cerimonia Menswear 04/12/2018 Tues
Oxfam Bookstore 05/12/2018 Wed
Jago Jewellery 06/12/2018 Thur
Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurant 07/12/2018 Fri
Darlish Icecream Parlour 08/12/2018 Sat
Café Rouge Restaurant 09/12/2018 Sun
Eve and Adam Spa Spa 10/12/2018 Mon
Mercer & Hole Accountant 11/12/2018 Tues
D Copperfield Menswear 12/12/2018 Wed
Empire Records Record store 13/12/2018 Thur
S A Law Lawfirm 14/12/2018 Fri
Headcase Barbers Barbershop 15/12/2018 Sat
Games Workshop Gaming 16/12/2018 Sun
Rumball Sedgwick Estate Agents & Chartered Surveyors 17/12/2018 Mon
St Albans Council   18/12/2018 Tues
Loft Restaurant 19/12/2018 Wed
Skin to Love Aesthetic Skin Clinic 20/12/2018 Thur
Camphill Village Trust Café 21/12/2018 Fri
St Albans Museum + Gallery   22/12/2018 Sat
Waterstones Bookstore 23/12/2018 Sun
The Boot Pub 24/12/2018 Mon
St Albans Cathedral   25/12/2018 Tues