Children are being invited to post a letter to Father Christmas using a special post box which has appeared in the centre of Shrewsbury. 

The bright red post box has been placed in The Square alongside a large Christmas tree taking pride of place under the Old Market Hall. 

A letter template can be downloaded from the Original Shrewsbury website which children can use to ensure they receive a reply from Father Christmas himself. 

As well as the Letters to Father Christmas campaign, local musicians will be playing on December 11, 12, 1618, 19 and 22 to provide some extra festive atmosphere in the town centre. 

The town will also be lit up with not only the traditional Christmas lights, but a special festive lighting project by Shrewsbury-based projectionist Andy McKeown. 

Christmas lights projected on to Shrewsbury Market Hall

Emma Molyneux, of Shrewsbury BID, said it was all part of an effort to make the town centre feel fun and welcoming, as well as being safe, for people to do their Christmas shopping. 

“This is certainly a Christmas like no other, and we want to do as much as we can to help people enjoy spending time in the town centre,” she said. 

“Safety is of course the number one priority, but we hope that providing live music, exciting lighting displays and letters to Father Christmas will help create a lovely festive atmosphere. 

“Specially-designed templates for letters can be downloaded from the Original Shrewsbury website, or children are welcome to write their own letters without a template – just remember to include an email address so Father Christmas can reply! 

“We would like to thank Shrewsbury Town Council for all their work on the lighting displays, which look absolutely fantastic.” 

Town centre traders are being encouraged to join in with the festivities by decorating their windows as part of the shop window competition being run by Shrewsbury Business Chamber and Shrewsbury BID. 

Businesses have until December 11 to enter by uploading a photograph of their window by clicking here. 

Car parking is free from 11am to 6pm in all Shropshire Council car parks until January 17 to make it even easier for people to support their local town centre. 

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