Bristol’s Gloucester Road has ushered in the festive season last night with its annual Christmas party.
Local businesses lined the street with stalls selling food, drink, and gifts.
Organised by local group Glos Rd Central, the event aimed to celebrate the area’s community spirit, and encourage Christmas shoppers to support small, independent businesses.
The event also launched Gloucester Road’s extended opening hours. Some shops will be open late on Thursday nights in the run up to Christmas, offering people the opportunity to buy local during the holiday period.
Shops including Room 212, which was selling raffle tickets to raise money for charity last night, will also be open on Sundays. Small business owners praised the initiative, and hope that it will encourage residents to support local shops.
Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Bristol-based charity CCS Adoption, which works to support adopted people in the South West. Local artist Jenny Urquhart is a patron of the charity.
The prize was a one of her paintings, entitled This Is Our Bristol. The winning raffle ticket was drawn by Jenny, with the help of local puppet Mr Gotalot.
— Jenny Urquhart (@jennyurquhart) December 1, 2016
Visitors to the Christmas party were also treated to live music from the Bishopston Bayou Band, and two local choirs, the Bishop Road Community Choir and Glos Vox.
— glosrdcentral (@glosrdcentral) December 2, 2016