Father Christmas arrives by boat to switch on Chichester Canal Christmas lights!

There was a real buzz at Chichester Canal on Sunday 25th November as Father Christmas arrived on the canal boat Richmond to turn on the festive illuminations. Garlands lit up the trees and path, and a colourful festive display is floating in the basin. The Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team and the Chichester Model Boat Club were there with their illuminated boats together with fireworks to greet Father Christmas as he entered the basin. Families and friends were entertained by the Georgia Ramblers, and kept warm with mulled wine, mince pies and chestnuts.

Ian Milton, Chichester Ship Canal Trust Chairman said “We were delighted to welcome Father Christmas to the Basin to switch on our lights. We are hugely grateful to our volunteer teams who worked tirelessly to prepare the displays”. Ian went on “It’s a busy time of the year for us on the Canal as our ever-popular Father Christmas boat trips started on Saturday. With over 2,600 people booked in the next four weeks, our volunteer boat crews will be kept very busy”. With that number so, it seems, will Father Christmas!

The lights will be illuminated each day until Christmas for us all to enjoy. The welcoming Canal Café is open daily until Christmas Eve, from 9:30 – 4pm.

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