Christmas shopping in Royal Leamington Spa is just the ticket as the festive season gets underway with a host of competitions, goodies and surprises to delight Christmas shoppers.

Late night shopping has begun in Leamington, with retailers opening until 8pm every Thursday on the run up to Christmas. Visitors can benefit from free parking after 5pm at the Royal Priors Shopping Centre on late night Thursdays.

On Saturday 3rd of December 500 #LoveLeam Christmas Goodie bags will be given out to celebrate Small Business Saturday. These handy shopping bags are loaded with offers and will be distributed in and around the Priors, Parade, Warwick St and Regent St from 11.30am.

The town’s annual Golden Ticket competition has also been launched, giving lucky shoppers the chance to win one of 12 prize packages throughout December.

More than £3,000 worth of prizes have been donated by town centre businesses, and there will also be a final draw to win the grand prize of £500 worth of jewellery from Peter Stephan Jewellers.

Shoppers can collect Golden Tickets at participating stores, bars and restaurants in the town and return these before 6pm on December 15 to enter.

The competition is being run by BID Leamington to add some extra festive cheer for shoppers during the festive season.

Christmas Angels are also set to return to the town to help shoppers find car parking spaces, offer maps and give advice about what’s on and the Golden Ticket draw.

The BID has recruited a group of four angels who will be easily spotted by their white puffer jackets, sparkly white wings and bells. They are on a mission to do good deeds, distribute information and offer and spread Christmas smiles and sparkles.
The angels will be on duty at weekends until December 18 from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and midday to 4pm on Sundays as well as 4.30pm to 8pm on Thursday, December 15 and from 11am to 3pm from Monday, December 19 to Thursday, December 22.

Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington, said: “Royal Leamington Spa is a fantastic place to visit during the festive season, with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and wonderful Christmas lights.

“Every year we try to offer a magical shopping experience for those visiting the town centre and this year is no different.

“Our Golden Ticket competition has received a huge amount of support from town centre businesses who have donated some fantastic prizes for our lucky winners.

“The launch of our Christmas Angels initiative proved a huge success last year and they will be back again to help shoppers find parking spaces and offer advice about the town and any events taking place.

“BID Leamington is always trying out new ideas to highlight the town’s fabulous retail and dining experience and we look forward to welcoming shoppers during the Christmas period.”