Chichester Canal switches on the Christmas lights

Sunday 24th November saw the Christmas festivities at Chichester Canal start with a bang. The Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team and the Chichester Model Boat club showed off their illuminated model boats from 4 pm before escorting Father Christmas into the Basin. Naturally, Santa arrived in the most appropriate method of transport – on our trip boat Richmond. Santa had the important job of switching on the Canal basin lights and the occasion was marked with a short but impressive firework display. 

As the Georgia Ramblers played jazz on the Cafe balcony, mulled wine, hot dogs and the obligatory mince pies were enjoyed by Canal friends. Meanwhile the volunteers reflected on the busy time ahead. All the Father Christmas cruises are now sold out which will keep the volunteer deck and cabin crew on their toes – it’s definitely all hands on deck. The waterside cafe is open for business as usual until Christmas Eve for those who want to escape the seasonal hustle and bustle, or just get out of the cold and enjoy a nice hot drink. 


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