CHRISTMAS is set to come early in Filey during a huge late night shopping extravaganza.
Businesses across the town are throwing open their doors for one special evening next month to boost festive celebrations.
Shops will be staying open until 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 6, and the night will showcase the town’s Christmas lights with Santa also making an appearance on his Filey Lions sleigh.
Excited youngsters will have the chance to write letters to the big man in the Post Office, in Murray Street, and the Harmony Singers are set to provide Christmas-themed entertainment.
Cllr Marion Wright, chairman of the lighting committee, was buoyant ahead of the event and hoped it would be a magnet to help increase business.
She said: “We want everyone to come along and enjoy this very special evening and support our local shops, enjoy our Christmas lights and enjoy the atmosphere.
“This is Filey’s opportunity to showcase its shops to a lot of people from the wider area.
“We want people to come and get into the atmosphere and feeling of Christmas and support the businesses.”
The night will also feature Filey Town Crier David Bull officially switch on this year’s Saint Catherine’s Hospice Tree of Lights in the Memorial Gardens.
The event will get under way at 6pm, with Ian Westmoreland, chairman of Saint Catherine’s Hospice Board of Trustees, leading the service.
Rev Mary Williams will bless the tree and The Village Voices choir will perform alongside Filey School pupils.
The Christmas tree will be decorated with 1,000 lights and names of those who have been remembered will be entered into a Book of Memories.
The book will be available for viewing on the night and until January 5 in the Evron Centre. For more information contact (01723) 378406.