Southport has been going nuts about Nutcrackers this December!
The Southport Nutcracker Trail has seen 12 glorious figures placed by Southport BID at locations throughout the town centre.
The BID has organised the Trail to give some festive cheer to local families and to encourage people into town to support our shops, restaurants and other local businesses.
Anyone who posts a Nutcracker photo with the #southportnutcrackers hashtag is in with a chance of winning a £50 Southport Gift Card.
Thank you to everyone who has been posting your superb images of the Nutcrackers so far. Here are some of them!
Southport Business Improvement District CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Nutcrackers back to Southport this year for people to enjoy.
“They were a huge success last year with families loving exploring town to complete the trail and find them all. It was great fun. It will also provide a safe experience for families to get out and about without crowds.
“Business owners are working hard to ensure their shops are safe and we want to make sure people feel positive and comfortable to shop local this Christmas. We want to create a package of measures that will support our high street and encourage everyone to engage with the town centre throughout the festive season.”
The 6ft tall decorative figures, which resemble giant toy soldiers, have been placed at strategic points throughout the town centre to recreate the popular Nutcracker Trail, which you can download here:
There are more to find this year too with 12 figures instead of last season’s 10.
If you complete the Trail and post your entry in the special Southport BID postbox outside Wayfarers Arcade on Lord Street, you could win an iPad Mini.
The Nutcrackers, based on the traditional German symbols of good luck, brought real magic to Christmas shopping in Southport town centre last year, with families from across the North West enjoying finding all the figures in between trips to local shops and restaurants.
Southport is also sparkling this year with the return of the dazzling 60-ft Christmas tree installation.
The stunning tree’s beautiful LED light shows have drawn families into town for the last two years, proving a hugely popular attraction for all generations.
And Southport BID, with thanks to funding from local businesses, has installed Christmas lights across the town centre to make Southport sparkle throughout the season.
The BID has also launched its successful Southport Gift Card, which is already accepted at over 70 venues in Southport.
The new Gift Card aims to encourage people to support their local shops, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons, hotels and attractions during the festive season, by keeping the seasonal spend local and bringing people back into the high street to spend them.
For more details about the Southport BID, please visit their website at: southportbid.com or Like the Southport BID page on Facebook, Follow them @SouthportBID on Twitter and at @southportbid on Instagram.
To buy the gift card head to www.southportgiftcard.co.uk