Seasonal Sudbury: The 2019 Christmas Window Display Competition and shopping and sipping locally…

Sudbury does not hold back at Christmas, the festive hospitality of our small but mighty Town is just the tonic for grey, cold days as winter sets in. The moment those lights go on, that’s it, pour me an eggnog, resistance is futile.

I’d challenge even the Scroogiest of Christmas resisters to not fill with Christmas cheer at the sight of the Dickensian magic of Angelo Smith’s festive window filled with sparkling skaters and jewel encrusted creatures. It comes as no surprise that Angelo Smith, one of Sudbury’s oldest independent businesses, was the deserving winner of last year’s Christmas window display competition.

Images L-R: Angelo Smith, Lipstick & Locks, Perfect Presents, Juniper Flowers, all on North Street.

For many years now Sudbury has celebrated the creativity of our retailers with a Christmas Window display competition, it’s a fantastic opportunity for Sudbury’s shops to show off their business and attract new loyal customers. It’s been a record year with over 60 shops, businesses + cafés taking part with a whopping 870 of you taking the time to vote for your favourite shop display – thank you!

As Sudbury Town Council’s newly appointed Town Centre Manager (hello!) I was invited to join a panel of judges to decide our favourite window display – so the judges’ votes and public votes will decide this year’s overall winner to be announced on Monday 23rd December. So, on Thursday 19th December, as Sudbury’s shops, cafes and businesses are donning their finest festive garb, I hit the streets of Sudbury Town with Penny Wilby (thebestof Sudbury) who is at the reins of year’s window display competition, Robert Spivey (The Mayor of Sudbury) and Richard Upton (Partner and Deputy branch Manager at Waitrose Sudbury – supplying this years prize hamper for one lucky voter ). This year’s competition is also being supported by The Suffolk Free Press who will be featuring the winners in their Christmas edition.

Images L-R: Number 72, White Nettle, Mr Barbers, Rafi's Spicebox, Barnado's and Jamie's Meat Inn all North Street and North St Parade.

With just a few shopping days before Christmas, and with the market in full swing, it was a joy to see Sudbury’s streets bustling and shop windows looking heart-warmingly full of festive cheer. As we strolled up North Street, meandered around Market Hill, sauntered down Station Road and enjoyed the postcard perfection of Gainsborough Street and Friars Street, we were blown away by the inventiveness and personality of each display.