Throughout November and December shoppers in Carrickfergus were able to avail of the opportunity to bag more than just their shopping.
There was also the chance to win the contents of a window filled with prizes from Carrickfergus-based retailers, businesses and salons.
Chairman of the Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership (CTCP), Noel Williams, explained: “With the success of the ‘Win the Halloween Window’ in our wake, it made real sense to do it all again, but this time for Christmas, So lots of the town’s traders decided to try and out-do Santa by filling a window with gifts that could be won by simply shopping in the town, getting a free entry into the draw, and hoping that lady luck would come up trumps.
“The event was also sponsored by MEA with the aim of boosting footfall in the town and support for local businesses. It was considered a fantastic incentive for people to ‘shop local’ this Christmas.
“Prizes were supplied by members of the CTCP, a group made up of 118 businesses based within Carrickfergus Town Centre, and included gift vouchers to spend in the town, beauty products, homewares, electrical equipment, pictures, clothing and much more, making a prize pot of around 50 items which one lucky shopper could win.
“All of the prizes were displayed in our very own festive Win the Window directly in front of the town’s Christmas tree in Market Place; allowing shoppers to see what was up for grabs when they supported our local small businesses.
“The response to this prize draw was incredible with hundreds of entry forms collected through our participating retailers.”
Cllr Cheryl Johnston, drew out the winning ticket - belonging to Norma Clifford.
“I hope she has a wonderful time using all her magnificent windfall of Christmas cheer into the new year and beyond,” said Cllr Johnston.
Mr Williams concluded: “Now we can look forward to our next venture to make
the town centre more attractive. That will be our colourful ‘Umbrella Streets’ in
March 2018, again in partnership with MEA. In closing I would just like to thank
the Kragfergus Living History Group for conducting activities around the Town on
the 23rd December and to Carricfergus FM Radio for their wonderful coverage of
our event and businesses in Carrickfergus in general”.