'Countdown to Christmas', which is being led by Chichester District Council, has received a fantastic response so far with stunning pictures and great comments. From local shops, cafes and restaurants, to attractions, parks and businesses, residents and visitors have taken to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to celebrate their favourite parts of the district.




Some of the comments include:

  • 'Selsey is a great place to live. We have our own fishing community, beautiful beaches, so peaceful and tranquil.'


  • 'Moved to Bracklesham on 20 December 2018 and did all my Christmas shopping in the wonderful East Wittering shops. I use them every week and will order my Christmas fare again this year.'


  • 'A fabulous place to go and shop,

The choice of places to eat is top,

The cathedral is gorgeous, a sight to behold,

The theatre, a great treat for young and for old.

And then there is Goodwood, the harbour and beach.

The list is endless but it's all within reach.'


  • 'I love the contrast of areas, we can drive into Chichester for shopping and dining with the children and enjoy Priory Park. Then closer to home we have all the beautiful South Downs to stroll through and enjoy, the wonderful events such as the open air cinemas, Goodwood races, Festival of Speed and Revival.'


  • 'Just simply the best place to live, with the cathedral, great shops, museum, harbour, South Downs and canal. I have lived abroad and elsewhere and wouldn't leave ever again!'

If you haven't taken part already, it's not too late to get involved! The council is encouraging as many people as possible to post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to highlight what they love about the Chichester District, along with one of its special hashtags, before Monday 25 November 2019.






Those who post before 25 November 2019 will be entered in to win a very special festive prize! The winner and their guest will be chauffeured round the district in a Rolls-Royce car as part of a luxury Christmas shopping day. They will receive a £150 Chichester Gift Card to go towards their purchases in Chichester city centre; a complimentary lunch for two at E.Street Bar & Grill with a welcoming glass of Nyetimber to the value of £120; and they'll complete the day by watching 'The Christmas Concerts' with The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The prizes have been kindly donated courtesy of Rolls-Royce, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Business Improvement District, Visit Chichester, and E. Street Bar and Grill in Petworth.

Two further people will win Chichester Gift Cards as runner up prizes — £50 for second place and £30 for third to spend in Chichester City Centre, courtesy of the Chichester Business Improvement District.

While the competition closes on 25 November, the Countdown to Christmas campaign will run right up until Christmas. Many of the district's local businesses have been getting involved, and using the hashtags to promote their events and offers.

The Countdown to Christmas campaign aims to make people aware of the activities and events that are happening in the district over the festive period, while also encouraging people to shop locally. Full details of the campaign and the competition can be found on the . 

The competition winner and their guest will need to be available on Saturday 7 December 2019. Terms and Conditions apply and can be found on the . Chichester District Council will also be encouraging people to share their special social media e-cards with friends and family. To take part in this, people will need to follow one of Chichester District Council's social media accounts:

Chichester District Council on Facebook

Chichester District Council on Twitter

Chichester District Council on Instagram

Those supporting the campaign include: Rolls-Royce, Chichester Festival Theatre, Visit Chichester, Chichester Business Improvement District (BID), Chichester Chamber of Commerce, Chichester City Council, Chichester College, University of Chichester, Midhurst Town Council, Midhurst Town Team CIC, Petworth Town Council, Petworth Business Association, Selsey Town Council, East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council, Stagecoach, Chichester Observer, the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, Chichester Post, Spirit FM, and Love Where You Live, to name just a few.

Date of release: 12 November 2019

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