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Advent Trail Lights Up Berwick’s Windows

This year windows around Berwick are lighting up with the timeless themes of Christmas: love, joy, fun, thankfulness and celebration.

Christmas 2020 is set to be different and probably quite challenging for many. The creation of Berwick’s very own real-time Advent calendar in windows around the town offers residents and visitors the opportunity to mark the days to Christmas in an entertaining and safe way.

Twenty-three shops, businesses, private houses – and even the Police Station – will host an Advent window. Each window will be ‘opened’ during December – one a day from Tuesday 1st December through to Wednesday 23rd. And there will be a touch of extra drama on Christmas Eve when the final window is opened.

Schools, churches, businesses, community groups and property owners will all be involved in the decoration and creation of the windows. The themes for the windows are inspired by Christmas songs and carols. Each window will have a visual link to Berwick in the design.

‘Away in a Manger’ by Holy Trinity School in the window of Foxton’s Wine Bar on Hide Hill

Window dressers have agreed to keep their displays in situ until the New Year – so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the full Advent Trail.

Children’s Competition

As well as enjoying the fun and spectacle of the windows, children can enter a competition to spot the Berwick link in each window. There’ll be prizes for winners in the age groups 3 to 7 years and 8 to 12 years. You can pick up an entry form from many of the participating retailers around town.

‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’ by Tweedmouth West School in the window of Robertson’s on West Street

The Maltings’ Christmas Light Show

It’s been a tough year for the arts across the country and Berwick’s own wonderful arts centre The Maltings is no exception. The Maltings is presenting its own Christmas light projection on the Theatre buildings as part of the Advent Trail. The Maltings is also streaming last year’s sell-out Panto ‘Aladdin’ on youtube here and ‘Christmas with the Hobs’ (details here)

The Unveiling of the Advent Windows

DateVenueThemeArtists
December 1stJennie’s Wool Studio, Bridge St.  ‘Winter Wonderland’Host
December 2ndFoxton’s Wine Bar, Hyde Hill‘Away in a Manger’Holy Trinity School
December 3rdRobertson’s, West St.  ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’Tweedmouth West School
December 4thLongbones, Walkergate       ‘God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen’Host
December 5thThistle do Nicely, Walkergate‘Mary’s Boy Child’:St Mary’s School
December 6thBerwick Community Trust, William Elder, Castlegate‘Good King Wenceslas’Methodist Church
December 7thBerwick Visitor Centre, Walkergate‘We Three Kings’Host
December 8thCastlegate Pharmacy    ‘I Saw Three Ships’Host
December 9thWoolmarket Antiques‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’Host
December 10thGeek Hut, Guildhall Alley‘Let it Snow’Spittal First School
December 11thLime Shoe Company, Marygate   ‘Little Donkey’Host
December 12thUnder the Clock Cafe, Guildhall Alley‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’Host
December 13th1  Castlegate‘Once in Royal David’s City’Host
December 14thPictorial Photography, Quayside ‘Ding, Dong Merrily on High’Host
December 15thGreaves West & Ayre, Walkergate  ‘Jingle Bells’Host
December 16thGemini Jewellers, Marygate  ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’Host
December 17th1 Greenside AveHost
December 18thPolice Station, Church St. ‘Silent Night’Holy Trinity School
December 19thEdwin Thompson, Hyde Hill‘The Holly and the Ivy’The Camera Club
December 20thPlaytime, Marygate‘Santa Clause is coming to Town’Host
December 21stNewcastle Building Society, Hyde Hill  ‘Little Drummer Boy’Host
December 22ndSpecSavers, Marygate  ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas!’Host
December 23rdBaptist Church, Golden Square.   ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’Host
December 24thParade Car Park‘In the Bleak Midwinter’Host

The organisers and supporters – thank yous!

The small group which has organised the project would like to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to all who have helped and supported this project: to those who have lent their windows; to those who have agreed to help decorate windows; to Stephen Scott and The Chamber of Trade; to all in the Tourist Information Centre; and to those involved in the Welcome Visitor Project. Without all this support the Advent Windows Trail would not have been possible.

Enjoy, celebrate and stay safe

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